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Yogi Ramacharaka

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Bhagavad Gita

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Introduction - The Scene; Theme; and Character - Gloom of Arjuna - Inner Doctrine - The Secret of Work - Spiritual Knowledge - Renunciation - Self Mastery - Spiritual Discernment - Mystery of Omnipresence - Kingly Knowledge - Universal Perfection - Universal Manifestation - Yoga of Devotion - Knower and the Known - Three Gunas or Qualities - Consciousness of the Supreme - Good and Evil Natures - Threefold Faith - Renunciation and Freedom - Contents -

The Scene; Theme; and Character - p. 11

The scene of the action, or story, is laid in the low, level land in India, between the Jumna and the Sarsooti rivers --- now known as Kurnul and Jheed --- the land being known in the story as "the plain of the Kurus." The word "Kuru" was the name of the common ancestor of the contending factions in the battle --- the theme of the story --- the opposing factions being known, respectively, as the "Kurus" and the "Pandus" as you will notice a little farther on.

The theme of the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, of which the Bhagavad Gita is an episode, is the great war which was carried on between two factions, or parties, of a certain large tribe, or family, the descendants of the common ancestor Kuru. The bone of contention between the opposing factions was the sovereignty of Hastinapura, which some authorities suppose to be identical with modern Delhi The elder branch, faction, or

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