Translated from the Sanskrit, with Notes, Comments, and Introduction by Swami Nikhilananda
The Bhagavad Gita, an important Hindu scripture, is one of the outstanding religious classics in the world. Its unique feature is the emphasis given to the discharge of duties, irrespective of their nature, as an effective discipline for the realization of God. The stage set for the teaching was a battlefield; the aspirant, a warrior chief, was blessed there with the vision of the Universal Spirit. The teacher was Sri Krishna, the Lord himself incarnated in a human body. The Lord teaches through the Gita that if a man performs his duties, surrendering the fruit to God, and discarding all selfish motives, he gains purity of heart and achieves ultimate liberation.