Until now, Krishna has not given any hints as to his true identity. In Chapter 4 Krishna reveals he taught this ancient knowledge to the sun god at the dawn of the millennium.
Additional topics include:
- An explanation of the invocation om namo bhagavate vasudevaya
- The power of the Gita teachings for good and evil
- The role of faith in understanding the Gita
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Read verses and purports from Bhagavad Gita As It Is Chapter 4 Verses 4 through 6 [BG 4.4 – 4.6]
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Abbreviations used in these notes: BG for Bhagavad Gita
The Personality of Godhead, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, said: I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvān, and Vivasvān instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Ikṣvāku.
This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost.
That very ancient science of the relationship with the Supreme is today told by Me to you because you are My devotee as well as My friend and can therefore understand the transcendental mystery of this science.