Bhagavad Gita, also known as Gitopanishad, was spoken by Lord Krishna around 5000 years ago to Sri Arjuna, on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, situated in India.
From these conversations of 700 slokas, divided into 18 chapters, Lord Krishna, through the medium of Arjuna is explaining the science of The Absolute Truth to the general mass. Arjuna is undoubtedly an extraordinary warrior but has taken the position of a bewildered man in service to Lord Krishna for the welfare of future masses. Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that this knowledge although an open secret can only be realized by those who are sincerely devoted to Krishna Himself with love irrespective of their material qualifications. In other words, Bhagavad Gita has nothing to do with a Sanskrit scholar or a so-called yogi or a pseudo-sannyasi but in proportion to ones love for Krishna Himself can one understand the revelations just as Arjuna understood in physical presence of Krishna 5000 years ago on the battlefield.
Not only Bhagavad Gita teaches of the qualifications but it further guides the true seekers through the science and etiquettes that can help one achieve the same path without falling to the extremes of sentimentalism and fanaticism.
The Bhagavad Gita is based on the 5 subject matters namely: isvara(God), jiva(living entity), prakriti (nature), karma (actions) and kala (eternal time). The whole world debates, argues and theorizes the above topics through speculation but if one is serious to understand them as it is and cross the material modes of nature from which each is bound with, one must submissively read Bhagavad Gita under the guidance of Krishna’s pure devotee, who holds to the key to its revelations.
The properties of each subject matter, the result of their interactions, etc. is the content of Bhagavad Gita. The ultimate goal of Bhagavad Gita is to conclude through above the eternal dimension of the cosmic manifestation that lies covered from the ordinary conditioned senses. Therefore, Bhagavad Gita begins by scientifically teaching that spiritual wisdom begins from the understanding that I am the eternal spirit soul, the predominated enjoyer. That the concept of birth and death is valid for the dying material body into which we are forced, to be bewildered of our true identity by taking it to be the temporary dying material body, under the strong unfolding influence of the 3 modes of material nature that binds the living entity constantly.
Just as Biology is the authentic study on species and organisms, chemistry on interactions between atoms and molecules of various atoms and molecules, etc., Bhagavad Gita is the authentic subject on the metaphysical science that deals with inconceivable subtle entities such as the senses, the mind, the intelligence, the ego and the transcendental entities namely the soul and God.
Because the knowledge comes from God Himself, (the reason of delivering it being stated in Bhagavad Gita itself) due to Absoluteness the knowledge is transcendental and infallible too. Unfortunately, when the fallible class of men that foolishly consider themselves equal to God dare to propagate speculative theories and interpret Bhagavad Gita, its potency is lost. This has today left us with thousands of editions of Bhagavad Gita while practically almost all being mundane knowledge deprived of the transcendental connection as they mislead the masses to become one with God while Krishna originally claims them as His individual fragmental parcels, meant to surrender unto Him with love without losing their individual identities.
The Bhagavad Gita As It Is however comes down being handed carefully in the line of chosen disciplic succession (compared to honest postmen) starting from Sri Krishna Himself, and is therefore free from all speculative notions and adulterations. The readers are therefore recommended to take this opportunity and dive deep into the subject of Bhagavad Gita As It Is in order to find all their questions answered. This International Society of Krishna Consciousness is the proof of its authenticity and is dedicated selflessly to serve such sincere souls in order to help them attain the ever blissful state of love of Godhead as experienced by the mercy of the founder Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, the translator of Bhagavad Gita As It Is.