One of the reasons that the Bhagavad Gita has proven to be so popular beyond its birthplace of India is that its rich allegorical themes have a universal application. The historical setting for the Gita is an ancient battlefield in India, but the allegorical setting is the battlefield of life in which our spiritual struggles take place. Each of the main characters in the Gita—Krishna, Arjuna—have special symbolical significance. The Gita also addresses perennial questions of knowledge, freedom, duty, action, and love. An excellent presentation for students of the Gita. 2 CDs. 1984. 136 minutes.