Bhagavad Gītā, "Song of the Blessed Lord"- the most important book of Yoga

Bhagavad Gita is a part of the Mahabharata, containing the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna, taking place on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, before the start of the war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas (two families of royal cousins descended from two brothers, Pandu and Dhritarashtra).

 

Gita is considered a practical, self-contained guide to life for those who want to attain liberation (escape from the cycles of birth and death).

 

The purpose of the cycles is to allow a person to burn off their karma, accumulated through lifetimes of action without detachment.