How do you understand the Bhagavad Gita?
Once recently I had an online class where I'd start reading the Gita from the beginning, a little bit every night, and explain it to the listeners, so thanks God I still completely remember all of it
The sub story of the Book is wonderful to me; how clever and wise (and also dangerous) to have a general story where a guy needs to fight with his own tribe. Now, to me, that has two meanings. The first one's clearer meaning that once when find the truth, no one even our family members should not stand in our way. But the second meaning which is much deeper and is my favourite is a version of what we have also in the bible, Quran and Baha'i that is "your enemies are members of your own house". You know, in Islam there are two kinds of wars; the lessee war which is the outward war with other people. The bigger war which is the inner war with our own bad qualities and I guess that war Arjuna had to undertake is mostly the inner one. I also love many other concepts in Gita like the one where we read that an enlightened person gets mastery of his ego so much that the ego turns into a (symbolically) turtle which will pull his legs into his shell once needed.
In fact there are so many great teachings regarding the "taming of the self" there that I cannot mention all of them here.
Now, people may have different ideas about who Arjuna is and what is the station of Krishna; I don't mind any of that. To me, it is a must read and a must act book.
Hey, I have also read the diamond sutra, heart sutra, and the flower garland sutra. I love all of them . My mystical journey started with reading sutras in fact