Bhagavad Gita


Bha·​ga·​vad Gi·​ta ˌbä-gə-ˌväd-ˈgē-tə How to pronounce Bhagavad Gita (audio)
: a Hindu devotional work in poetic form

Examples of Bhagavad Gita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His teachings were rooted in a specific vision of metaphysical reality, as informed by his guru and by the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Hindu text. Christopher Fiorello, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2024 In July of last year, a scene in Universal’s Oppenheimer, which involved the sacred Hindu text the Bhagavad Gita, was met with right-wing religious backlash and calls for boycotts. Siddhant Adlakha, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 Viewers argued about Cillian Murphy’s J. Robert Oppenheimer reciting the Bhagavad Gita — from the original Sanskrit! — to Florence Pugh’s Jean Tatlock while in the throes of passion (the scene came in for outraged criticism in India). Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 He’s been Will Smith’s private coach, spending between two and eight hours a day with him in 2021 — pre-Oscars fiasco — studying the Bhagavad Gita. Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2023 Pugh stops during intercourse and picks up a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, one of Hinduism’s holiest scriptures, and asks Murphy to read from it. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 24 July 2023 The Bhagavad Gita is 700-verse Hindu scripture, written in Sanskrit, that centers on a dialog between a great warrior prince named Arjuna and his charioteer Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu. James Temperton, WIRED, 21 July 2023 However, it is known that the physicist did study Sanskrit and a number of other languages, as well as the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu scripture. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 21 July 2023 Cut to a scene of a nude Pugh-as-Tatlock riding Murphy’s Oppie like the end of Dr. Strangelove, only to pause in the action when her eye catches a book on his shelf: the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture that was a favorite of Oppenheimer’s. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 21 July 2023

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Word History


Sanskrit Bhagavadgītā, literally, song of the blessed one (Krishna)

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bhagavad Gita was in 1785

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“Bhagavad Gita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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