It is hard for many to believe that on the battlefield of the Kurukshetra, right betwixt two massive armies raging for battle, Krishna and Arjuna sat down and had an 18-chapter heart-to-heart.
I am one of these people.
So, the teachings of the Gita were not given by Bhagavan Krishna?
I didn’t say that.
I think it is very possible that, like the Buddha, Lord Krishna was a prince or King who at some point in his spiritual development gave it all up, and may have had a ministry akin to that of the Christ. He probably preached the Gita all over India around the time of the Bharat War. His words may have much later been put down in writing, in the context of the Bharat War for dramatic effect.
The idea that Bhagavan Krishna walked away from his Kingdom could appear to be antithetical to dharma, of course, so that point is debatable. I am sure if this is how it all went down, that Krishna fulfilled his duty first, much like King Janaka, and Lahiri Mahasaya in their own respective journeys.
What say you?