The name, Bhagavad Gita, means “Song of the Lord.” It is sometimes referred to simply as the Gita or may be prefixed by the term Srimad as a sign of respect. Scholars believe it probably dates somewhere between the 5th and 2nd century BC, and may have been written by the sage, Vyasa.
The Bhagavad Gita is composed of 18 chapters with 700 verses and there are sections on Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga and Jnana yoga. It is said that the study of the Bhagavad Gita will lead to an understanding of God, truth, purpose and liberation.
One of the more unusual aspects of the Bhagavad Gita is its battlefield setting, which many have noted seems incongruous with a spiritual text. Many commentators and writers have regarded the battlefield as a metaphor for “the war within.” This could be the struggle for self-mastery, or the war against the ego or ignorance.