Bhagavad-gita (Sk.) Lit., “the Lord’s Song.” A portion of the Mahabharata, the great epic poem of India. It contains a dialogue wherein Krishna—the “Charioteer”—and Arjuna, his Chela, have a discussion upon the highest spiritual philosophy. The work is pre-eminently occult or esoteric.—H. P. Blavatsky, Theosophical Glossary

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the noblest scriptures of India, one of the deepest scriptures of the world. It is rich in beauty and full of poetic power. The characters stand out in heroic grandeur, in the midst of a splendid setting of martial valor. The figures of Arjuna, very human in despondency and doubt, and of Krishna, majestic, resolute, persuasive, are clear, living, of universal truth. On another side, the Bhagavad Gita is full of inspiration, of religious devotion, of keenest insight into the heart of man. The conflict of motives that beset human action, the clinging fetters of selfishness which check us in the path to the immortal, the subtle evasions of the lurking whisperer in the heart: all are clearly seen and vividly revealed. Yet, withal, the claims of abstract thought are not forgotten; every stage of Indian philosophy, every shade of logic and metaphysics, is given its place; and many practical suggestions are put forward, touching the problems of Indian politics and history, hints as valid to-day in human affairs as they were two thousand years ago.—Charles Johnston, Bhagavad Gita: “Songs of the Master”


Translations

See Also:

The Bhagavad-Gita with Sanskrit Text, Free Translation into English, [and] Word-For-Word Translation by Besant & Das
Bhagavad-Gita with the Commentary of Sri Shankaracharya by Alladi Mahadeva Sastri
The Song Celestial; or, Bhagavad-Gita by Sir Edwin Arnold
The Bhagavad Gita by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
The Bhagavad Gita: With an Introductory Essay, Sanskrit Text, English Translation, and Notes by S. Radhakrishnan
The Bhagavad Gita: Revised Edition, SUNY Series by Winthrop Sargeant


Resources

Critical Word Index of the Bhagavad Gita by Prahlad C. Divanji
The Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit (Devanagari)
The Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit (IAST transliteration)
Bhagavad Gita Sanskrit Audio


Selected Articles, Commentaries, etc.

See also:

Jnaneshwari (Bhavarth Dipika), commentary on the Bhagavad Gita by Sri Jnaneshwar
Gods and Heroes of The Bhagavad-Gita by Geoffrey A. Barborka
The Bhagavad-Gita: Informal Essays on Everyday Questions by Anon