How many people listened to the Bhagavad Gita



The following is given for thought which is based on Vyasa Bharata,

Lord Krishna gave Srimad Bhagwad Gita only to Arjuna and the entire world was in suspended animation at that time. Only exceptions were Sanjaya and Dhritarashtra.

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Nobody talked on Bhagavad Gita at any other time except by Arjuna who wanted to hear again but the request was rejected by Lord Krishna!

1) Three contemporaries plus one divine Vedav Vyasa were the listeners:
One (Arjuna) listened Srimad Bhagavad Gita directly in front of Lord Krishna. One with divine vision (and ear, both given by Vedav Vyasa) at the Hastinapura palace also listened (Sanjaya). One more heard the running voice commentary through Sanjaya (the king Dhritarashtra).

Those three were the listeners of Bhagavad Gita when it was delivered.

Sage Vyasa who knows the past, present and future and later to write Mahabharata (Vyasa Bharata) could have recalled later!

2) Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 4, Verse 3:

स एवायं मया ते ऽदय यॊगः परॊक्तः पुरातनः भक्तॊ ऽसि मे सखा चेति रहस्यं हय एतद उत्तमम
"sa evayam maya te ’dya yogah proktah puratanah bhakto ’si me sakha ceti rahasyam hy etad uttamam"
"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."

3) Bhagavad Gita Visvarupa Darsan:
Mahabharata, Book 6, Chapter 33, Verse 9): (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11, Verse 9:

"संजय उवाच एवम उक्त्वा ततॊ राजन महायॊगेश्वरॊ हरिः दर्शयाम आस पार्थाय परमं रूपम ऐश्वरम"

sanjaya uvaca evam uktva tato rajan maha-yogesvaro harih darsayam asa parthaya paramam rupam aisvaram

Sanjaya said: O King, speaking thus, the Supreme, the Lord of all mystic power, the Personality of Godhead, displayed His universal form to Arjuna.

Sri Sridhara Swami's Commentary:

Having bequeathed the supernatural eyes of illumination the Supreme Lord Krishna exhibited His almighty, omnipotent, transcendental visvarupa or divine universal form. The description of this universal form is what is being described in this verse and the next five verses by Sanjaya, who was also given divine sight to see it by Vedavyasa.

(Sanjaya narrated the the whole incident to Dhritarashtra. Dhritarashtra only heared the running commendary given by Sanjaya).


Source: hinduism.stackexchange

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