1-5 Interesting Facts About Bhagavad Gita
1. Krishna tried to narrate the Bhagavad Gita to Duryodhana. Obviously, if Duryodhana would have been educated, then the entire war would have been averted. But, Duryodhana told Krishna that he already knows what is right and what is wrong. His argument to Krishna was that there is some internal force within him which does not allow his mind to choose what is right. That his Prakriti is not allowing him to act as per his dharma.
2. The narration of the Bhagavad Gita by Krishna was heard firsthand not only by Arjuna but also Hanuman, Sanjaya and Barbarik. Hanuman was perched on top of Arjuna’s chariot throughout the battle of Kurukshetra and Sanjaya was blessed by Veda Vyasa with divine vision in order to narrate the events of the battle to Dhritharashtra. Barbarik, son of Ghatotkach was watching it all from a hill top.
3. It is to be observed that the number 18 is constantly recurring in the Mahabharata. The word 18 in Sanskrit means Jaya and also implies Sacrifice. Another name of Mahabharata is Jaya Itivrata (Itihaas). There are 18 Parvas, 18 chapters in Geeta, Akshauhinis are 18. There are 18 people required for the sacrifice, Sabha construction to Rajasuya is 18 years, Jarasandh attacks 18 times. It is said that the size of Pandavas army in the Kurukshetra war was 7 Akshauhini , and those of Kauravas 11 akshauhinis., totaling 18. The word 18 dominates the Epic.
4. An Akshauhini, was an ancient battle formation that consisted of 21,870 chariots ; 21,870 elephants; 65,610 cavalry and 109,350 infantry. The ratio is 1 chariot : 1 elephant : 3 cavalry : 5 infantry soldiers. In each of these large number groups (65,610, etc.), the digits add up to 18.
5. Albert Einstein, started assimilating the wisdom contained in Bhagavad-Gita in the later stages of his life! He deeply regretted the fact that he should have indulged in Bhagavad-Gita in the early formation years of his life! He said “When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.” “We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.” – Source