Similarities between Bhagavad Gita & Quran
Are there any similarities between Bhagavad Gita and Quran?
Accepted notion is that God is one, so this begets this question; when there is only one God, is then there any similarity between Bhagavad Gita and the Quran?
The short answer is yes but what is the similarity between the two holy texts. Before one learns the similarity between Gita and Quran, one should know what the differences are between the two.
Differences between Gita and Quran
- The Quran is a holy book of Muslims (Islam) where as Bhagavad Gita is a Holy Scripture of Hindus.
- Holy Quran was revealed on Prophet Muhammad whereas Bhagavad Gita was spoken by God Kaal (Brahm) himself.
- The Quran was revealed on Prophet Muhammad via Angel Gabriel (Jibril). Bhagavad Gita was spoken during the battle of Mahabharata.
- There is a very large time gap between the two incidents. Quran was revealed in the 7th century (around 610 CE) whereas the Gita was spoken in Dwapar Yuga which was an era before the Kaliyuga.
Similarities between Gita and Quran
There are two main similarities between Bhagavad Gita and the Quran which are as follows.
Similarity 1 - The knowledge of Bhagavad Gita and the Quran has been given by the same God.
God Kaal (Brahm) has given the knowledge of both Bhagavad Gita and the Quran. The Quran was delivered via angel Gabriel whereas Bhagavad Gita was spoken by Kaal himself after he possessed the body of Shri Krishna at the time of Mahabharata.
The Most Important Similarity between Bhagavad Gita and Quran is about a Tatvadarshi Sant & a Baakhabar
Similarity 2 - Both Bhagavad Gita and the Quran give an instruction to find a God-Realised Saint or a Well Informed Saint.
In Bhagavad Gita this has been called a "Tatvadarshi Sant" whereas in the Quran this has been addressed as a "Baakhabar".
Instruction to find a Tatvadarshi Sant in Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 Verse 34
Tat, viddhi, prnipaaten, pariprshnen, sevya,
Updekshyanti, te, gyaanm, gyaaninH, tattavdarshinH ||34||
Translation: By properly prostrating before those saints who know the true knowledge and solution of the Supreme God, by serving them, and by giving up deceit, asking questions with simplicity, they, who know the Supreme God in essence i.e. Tatvadarshi, knowledgeable Mahatmas, will instruct you in Tatvagyan/True Spiritual Knowledge.
Instruction to find a Baakhabar (Well Informed) in the Quran
Surah Al Furqan 25
25:59 - He who created the heavens and the earth and what is between them in six days and then established Himself above the Throne - the Most Merciful, so ask about Him one well informed.
Conclusion: Both Bhagavad Gita and the Quran instruct to find and seek refuge of a "Well Informed" (Tatvadarshi Sant / Baakhabar) for true spiritual instruction. This proves that knowledge about the Supreme God and the way to achieve the Supreme God is not present in the Holy Bhagavad Gita and the Quran. One has to find a Complete Saint to get the most superior spiritual instruction in order to achieve the Supreme God and liberation (moksha).