The Bhagavad-Gita, or Holy Song of Brahmanism

The Bhagavad-Gita, or Holy Song of Brahmanism

This poem forms one of the finest episodes in the great Iliad of India, and, in fact, is hardly surpassed for profound thought, deep feeling, and exquisite phrasing, in the whole literature of India.

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Telang holds that the song is at least as old as the 4th century, and is inclined to regard it as an original part of the epic. According to most scholars, however, the “Divine Song” was added at a later period, and, in fact, in its present form 

it is scarcely older than 500 A.D. It is so thoroughly Brahmanicin its teaching that there can be little doubt but that this song was introduced in order to convey the teaching of Brahmanism prevalent at the time. The German scholar, Dr. Lorinser, has tried to prove that the author of this song had a knowledge of the New Testament and used it. The following passages are pointed out by him as dependent on New Testament passages.


BHAGAVAD-GITA

I am exceedingly dear to the
wise man; he also is dear
to me.

I am the way, supporter,
lord, witness, abode, refuge,
friend.

I never depart from him (the
true Yogis); he never departs
from me.

They who worship me with
true devotion, are in me
and I in them.

Be assured that he who worships
me perishes not.

I am the beginning and the
middle and the end of existent
things.

I will deliver thee from all
sin; do not grieve.

He who knows me as unborn
and without beginning, the
mighty Lord of the World,
he among mortals is undeluded,
he is delivered from
all sins.

What sacrifice, almsgiving, or
austerity is done without
faith is evil.

That man obtains the perfect
state who honours by his
proper work him from
whom all things have issued,
and by whom this All
was spread out.

NEW TESTAMENT

He that loveth Me shall be
loved of My Father, and I
will love him (John xiv.
21).

I am the way, the truth, and
the life (John xiv. 6) I am
the first and the last (Rev.
i. 17).

He that dwelleth in Me and I
in Him (John vi. 56).

I in them and thou in Me,
that they may be made perfect
in one (John xvii. 23).

Whosoever believeth in Him
shall not perish, but have
everlasting life (John iii.
16).

I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and ending (Rev.
i. 8).

Son, be of good cheer; thy
sins be forgiven thee (Matt.
ix. 2).

This is life eternal, that they
might know Thee, the only
true God, and Jesus Christ,
Whom Thou hast sent (John
xvii, 3).

Whatsover is not of faith is
sin (Rom. xiv. 23).

Whether therefore ye eat or
drink, or whatsoever ye do,
do all to the glory of God
(1 Cor. x. 31).

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