What is the central message of the Bhagavad Gita?
The Bhagavad Gita, more common known as the 'Gita', which is a part of the Mahabharata is an extremely popular scripture. If the Upanishads can be compared to the cow, the Gita is their milk. It is in the form of a dialogue between Lord Sri Krishna and the mighty Pandava warrior Arjuna. The battlefield of Kurukshetra is its place of origin.
Its central message is that one should discharge one's duty-however hard and unpleasant it may be-bravely and with selfless dedication. Everyone of us has to perform his or her duty-designated as Svadharma-to please God, to serve the world and to repay one's debt to the society. Svadharma' implies ambition commensurate with one's capacity and the necessary inclination as also the drive to achieve it. Our well being lies in performing our Svadharma. Paradharma, duty suitable for others but not for us, will positively harm us if chosen by us.