[Reading] ➾ भगवद्गीता [bhagavad-gītā] By Anonymous – 91videos.co

I Have Heard The Supreme Mystery, Yoga, From Krishna, From The Lord Of Yoga Himself Thus Ends The Bhagavad Gita, The Most Famous Episode From The Great Sanskrit Epic, The Mahabharata In Its Eighteen Short Chapters Krishna S Teaching Leads The Warrior Arjuna From Perplexity To Understanding And Correct Action, In The Process Raising And Developing Many Key Themes From The History Of Indian Religions The Bhagavad Gita Is The Best Known And Most Widely Read Hindu Religious Text In The Western World It Considers Social And Religious Duty, The Nature Of Sacrifice, The Nature Of Action, The Means To Liberation, And The Relationship Of Human Beings To God It Culminates In An Awe Inspiring Vision Of Krishna As God Omnipotent, Disposer And Destroyer Of The Universe


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    Goodreads should have a shelf for continually reading I think I have about six different translations of the Bhagavad Gita but I often end up with Eknath Easwaran s for its simplicity This is the book I re read when I am writing a novel It keeps everything in perspective by reminding me to offer my effort to God, to see my work as a service to others, and to not worry about what happens after that.


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    On the battlefield of GoodReads, the mighty reviewer Arjuna picked up his trusty pen, Gandeeva, and addressed his charioteer who was none other than Lord Krishna O Kesava Take me to the middle of the battlefield, between the opposing armies of Authors and Reviewers, so that I may see who I am fighting against.And Krishna did so.But Arjuna, seeing all his favourite authors arrayed against him, was suddenly loath to fight O Krishna he said How will I use my cruel pen to tear into these dear ones How will I lay bare their plots, deconstruct their sentences, and take their grammar apart No, I do not want the glory and likes obtained by such a heinous act Better a brain death, reading trash, than such sin And he threw his pen down.Krishna smiled and stood up O Partha Such faintheartedness is not worthy of a warrior like you Do you think that you destroy books through your reviews Banish such foolishness from your mind Those reviewers who think that they are destroying books, and those authors who believe their books are getting destroyed through reviews, both are equally mistaken for books are neither created nor destroyed through reviews.For the book which is published, oblivion is certain and for that which goes out of print, rebirth is certain But the story never dies like human beings change worn clothes, it only changes publishers and dust jackets.The narrative cannot be destroyed by weapons it cannot be burnt by fire read Fahrenheit 451 , it is not drowned in water It is eternal.So your karma, O Kaunteya, is to do the review without worrying about its fruits Do not think of the likes you are going to get do not worry whether the author is going to find you out and conk you on the head do not trouble your mind about whether people will be put off from reading the book because of your review Go into it without attachment this is the way of the Kshatriya This is Nishkama Karma , the way to eternal glory Hearing this, Arjuna was heartened He picked up his pen, and started to review with renewed vigour.Review inspired by Manny


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    Hey, how pretentious am I I just gave a four star review to a fucking holy text And now I m going to review it And I will swear in my review I m just asking for it, aren t I When comparing this one to the other holy books I ve read and or skimmed, I found this one quite insightful As a professed athiest, this one probably speaks to me the most The Bhagavad Gita is actually a section of the Mahabharata, which is, to simplify because that s all I have researched enough to do , the story of a war During this war, one of the characters is visited by god Hilarity ensues Just kidding Actually, he has a conversation with god, and god drops some deep shit on him There s some delicious irony about this conversation taking place on a battlefield after much death and before some of it But, where would someone need to speak to god Anyway, I consider myself a little tiny bit spiritual, and the wisdom in this book can be translated into athiestic terms And, it didn t seem self contradictory When it comes to holy writ, these are things I like But, as it is a brief text, you come out of it knowing only slightly about Hinduism than you knew before In comparison, I felt after reading Chuang Xi, or however we re spelling his name these days, that I had a pretty damn good understanding of Taoism After reading this one, I have only the vaguest of understandings of Hinduism But, it isn t really about the religious tradition as much as it s about gleaning little bits of insight into the human condition In that context, it is a very good read Yes, I m calling them characters Sue me I m not a Hindu.


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    JUDGEMENT DAY IF THE RED SLAYER THINKS HE SLAYS,OR IF THE SLAIN THINKS HE IS SLAIN,THEY KNOW NOT WELL THE SUBTLE WAYSI KEEP, AND PASS, AND TURN AGAIN.Ralph Waldo Emerson, Brahma It s the dawning of the Final Day the day of Armageddon The final confrontation between the massed forces of Good and Evil And naturally, we are all terrified I, Arjuna, am drenched in angst I can find no meaning in life or in the cataclysmic approaching battle For that battle will pit friend against friend, brother against brother, the Devils of the Pit against Angels from the Realms of Glory the Fulness of Being itself against the Void of Nonbeing Death is not only possible, but imminently likely But then the Lord or Krishna, in this Hindu version of that battle steps in.He comforts Arjuna with the knowledge that life and death are mere dreams we all must dream That the battle itself is a dream But, it s a dream we must participate in.And face head on.Back when I was young, I pretended I was a player in the battle of life Only after a while I was overwhelmed by the cruel, cold logic of the noonday devils of the adult world And I was desperately struggling to hold onto my dreams I read the Gita and learned it was ALL a dream And if all personalities were empty of selfhood, why worry And that escape mechanism worked for a while.But in midlife, the fast and furious pace of my career started to burn me out The world was now so in your face for me, that I looked for a new retreat and found it in the elevated, circular thinking of the postmodernists.Both strategies did their part to protect me from the nightmares of the noonday devils and the garish predawn b tes noires that my sleeping subconscious dredged up from my past.The two strategies were soporific sedatives.So I pursued my career to its successful conclusion, with full retirement benefits.Then, full stop.Finally, retirement and I could no longer ignore the Problem of Evil with either Hindu semantics or intellectual circularity That bred anxiety an anxiety that hung on.So I looked for something much substantially positive for my reawakened mind, and found it in the faith of my youth And rejoined the Battle I had so long ago deserted.Only by now the battle had become an ARMAGEDDON But, you know, I had known that long ago, when I effected my first vain escapes I had just forgotten how fierce the fighting was.In an immoral world, moral action is imperative We HAVE to fight.But years and years of avoidance had produced a sleeping vacuum where my seriousness about life had previously been Much the same as some of my readers Deep sleep is contagious.But I was now serious again Deadly serious.So now, instead of staying a make believe player, I became a tiny participant in one Huge Eternal Battle I took a stand, even though I saw that my own impact all along had been minuscule, and was likely to remain so especially from my renewed vertigo inducing perspective.And it was only then, in the thick of the struggle, that it dawned on me that it s far better during the charge to let the Lord He is known as Krishna, the charioteer here do the driving Simple faith can work wonders And it can give you Peace.THEN we can see the true face of the Master Charioteer, who then sets our frayed nerves at ease THEN we can see the Vast Enemy face to face the same enemy, as it tells us, that is doomed to defeat on that final day of days.The enemy that now get this seems almost inconsequential in powerFor that predawn cauchemar that was so terrifying is now just an outlandish magic lantern show cast on the wall of the mind by the Shadow.And the Tempter s hulking granddaddy, the Noonday Devil, with all his cold, relentless logic, is just a scrap pile of ulterior motives mercilessly exposed in the clear, bright dawn of a new day.And the battlefield It s been fully levelled, and our opponents exposed for what they are appear somewhat at loose ends in their attempts to seem their old terrifying selves.The worst part for them, of course, is that now they no longer have a hiding place in this vast battlefield, or a place to dive to cover from the fiery chariot wheels of the Lord.For His victory is certainAnd the old fears, dreads and anxieties They re now just harmless, broken curios in the enemy s worn back of tricks, out of which myriad dust motes dance in the brilliance of the day.The Shadow s power is vanquished to the winds.And, suddenly, the great Battle of Armageddon is just a part of another day s well paying work in the fields of the Lord.Because, now we are free of our long inner turmoil.And on the wind is written Peace is at hand


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    I read the Bhagavad Gita with the same mixture of moral unease and as it were anthropological delight that all great religious books excite in me I find it so fascinating to gain these direct insights into how our species has, for millennia, grappled with the same questions of existential purpose and ethic responsibility but the answers put forward by most pre modern societies were, though beautiful, astounding and imaginative, also often cruel and inflexible and governed by values that now seem completely alien Most of all, of course, they are fundamentally authoritarian and if the word fascistic were not so inflammatory I might use that.Culturally, religious texts really benefit from their longevity Much as I object to a lot of Biblical content, the cadences of Tyndale and the Authorized Version are a part of my linguistic DNA Bible translations are prime among the literary masterpieces of the language I ve inherited If you speak an Indic language then the same may be true for you of the Bhagavad Gita, in which case I can only apologise for the crass analysis that is about to follow, which is based on my completely uninformed encounter with Juan Mascar s 1962 translation.So the thing is on the face of it, the story of the Bhagavad Gita is really quite unpleasant We join the action in medias res the poem is just one small part of the vast Mahabharata , and Prince Arjuna is surveying the battlefield ahead of what promises to be a bloody clash against an enemy force made up of his own family members and beloved friends He asks advice from the god Krishna, and over several philosophical verses the two of them have what amounts to the following conversation ARJUNA I really don t want to do this.KRISHNA You must.ARJUNA But if we go ahead with this battle, loads of people will die on both sides It all just seems so pointless These men are my friends, my teachers, my relatives Wouldn t it be better if we just called it all off KRISHNA Don t be so selfish It is your duty to kill them whether you feel happy about it or not.ARJUNA It just it feels really wrong KRISHNA Look at it this way all these people are going to die anyway I am all powerful Time which destroys all things, and I have come here to slay these men Even if thou dost not fight, all the warriors facing thee shall die So it might as well be now what s another twenty or thirty years to a god ARJUNA Well, nothing, probably, but I expect it means quite a lot to them KRISHNA The highest moral precept of all is to do your duty So do it.ARJUNA Oh my god this is horrible kills everyone Now, this is presented primarily as a handbook for overcoming internal tensions a lesson on how to deal with crippling doubt and indecision And much of it is indeed quite moving and thought provoking but I just found the context chilling I was completely on Arjuna s side, I didn t want him to be won over by Krishna s arguments, and part of me kept fantasising about a humanist rewrite where Arjuna told Krishna to get stuffed and the Kurukshetra War never happened.Setting the plot aside, of course, there is a huge amount of rewarding meditation here on how people should think and behave in order to achieve some measure of calm in their lives, especially when they know they have to go through with something unpleasant A lot of this can still be read with profit now and this focus on how to deal with things mentally seems very unusual to me After all, every religion stresses the importance of submission to a deity, but I can t think of comparable passages from other faiths which offer so much guidance on for want of a better term the mental health implications of this for believers So it really is a very interesting text, despite how off putting I found the initial set up.There is also a lot of quite beautiful poetry here, which makes me very curious to read some other parts of the Mahabharata I particularly loved Krishna s long riff on his own glory and omnipresence, which runs through flora, fauna, vocabulary, geography and much besides I am the cleverness in the gambler s dice I am the beauty in all things beautiful I am the victory and the struggle for victory I am the goodness of those who are good.Yes, but unfortunately also as with all religions the badness of those who are bad.


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    Q The man who sees me in everythingand everything within mewill not be lost to me, norwill I ever be lost to him.He who is rooted in onenessrealizes that I amin every being whereverhe goes, he remains in me.When he sees all being as equalin suffering or in joybecause they are like himself,that man has grown perfect in yoga c Q He is the source of light in all luminous objects He is beyond the darkness of matter and is unmanifested He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is the goal of knowledge He is situated in everyone s heart c Q For the senses wander, and when one lets the mind follow them, it carries wisdom away like a windblown ship on the waters c Q Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward c Q The wise grieve neither for the living nor for the dead There was never a time when you and I and all the kings gathered here have not existed and nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist c


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    I can read this book over and over and still gain so much from it It contains such timeless truths, especially in light of today, such as, They alone see truly who see the Lord the same in every creature, who see the deathless in the hearts of all that die Seeing the same Lord everywhere, they do not harm themselves or others Thus they attain the supreme goal


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    Religion is a contentious topic Many people are strongly opposed to it This is especially so with young people in the modern world Society has slowly been drifting away from its sacred texts for many centuries I m, of course, generalising very heavily here There are still parts of the world that are devoutly religious, but the prominence of this is unmistakably reducing and will continue to reduce as time goes on People raised by religious parents often grow up to become non believers Society is moving on In the western world, at least as far as I have seen in England, people with faith are slightly ridiculed, again often at the expense of the young and immature The Christian bible and its churches are seen as kooky and outdated Jehovah Witness are practically hated because of their canvasing techniques The Muslim faith with its Mosques and The Koran are seen as distinctively foreign by those that do not follow Islam There are huge knowledge gaps about faiths such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism within the general population I don t recall ever being taught much about them, perhaps just one lesson at school on each faith whilst the rest of the time we learnt about Christianity and a little bit about the Muslim faith I honestly think I learnt about different religions from watching The Simpsons as a child I am an agnostic I will never have faith I lean towards Buddhism, though I don t consider it a religion it s a way of life, a philosophy I consider myself fairly educated, but my education on matters of faith is rather poor I think it would be rather ignorant to presume that there is not some wisdom in faith even if you are an atheist So here I am reading a book of Hindu scripture I ve started reading Mahatma Ghandi s autobiography and this popped up very early on And to my shame I d never even heard of it So I had to buy a copy and see what it was all about I thought it might allow me some insight into the formation of his early character.He spoke of being inspired by the story when he was very young, though he later lost his faith in the story The Gita is a conversation between Krishna and Arjuna before a great battle Krishna gives some sage advice, advice about life, death and everything in between There are some real pieces of wisdom in here, ideas of karma and non attachment But herein lies the rub, acceptance is the key acceptance of the place of God in the life of man Krishna says Become My devotee, always think of Me, act for Me, worship Me, and offer all homage unto Me Surrender unto Me alone Do not fear sinful reactions That s seems slightly how shall we put it odd Essentiality, Arjunja is having a moral crisis He does not want to kill his brothers, his friends, his teachers and his countryman Such a thing is nasty and evil, Arjunja says Krishna excuses such a thing on the basis that it is his will for the battle to occur But is that a good thing This is a clear debate between man and god, of man s morals being sacrificed for the acceptance of a higher power Arjunja, ethically speaking, made the wrong decision But, spiritually speaking, at least, according to this text, such actions are excusable Dare I say it, but this text felt like a tool for cultural brainwashing Soldiers and generals who read this would care less about the horrors of war if they knew it would not affect their chances of reincarnation They would shed blood with little to no remorse Krishna achieves his aims Such a thing is beyond terrible, and such ideas have been used by men in power for centuries to justify countless wars across many faiths As a student of literature, I have an invested interest in all literature But I also have a very critical mind The most convincing parts about this book were the reasons Arjunja proposed for not going to war I m glad I read this religious text, and I will be reading in the future but I will be aprroaching them like I would any other story.An article on the reduction of faith in England


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    Has a book ever literally called to you by falling off the shelf and into your hands When the Bhagavad Gita came through the book drop while I was working at the library, I recognized the title instantly without remembering why it was familiar, at least initially All I knew was that I was going to take it home and read it immediately What I learned from the introduction is that Bhagavad Gita is Sanskrit for Song of the Lord and is India s best known scripture If none of that rings a bell, then the name Mahatma Gandhi will As it says in the publisher s summary, Gandhi used it as his personal guidebook I read the Penguin Classics edition translated by Juan Mascaro first and while I found his language rich and beautiful at times, I prefer this edition by Ekneth Easwaran, which is clear and straightforward My favorite chapter is probably chapter 12 The Way of Love because of its parallels to Christianity Just as Paul does in 1 Corinthians 13 8 Charity Love never faileth , the Gita places love above knowledge and miracles The last chapter, Freedom and Renunciaton, is also satisfying I identify strongly with the idea of becoming closer to God by renouncing the rewards of work and self will Overall, reading the Gita has inspired me to seek the truth in all religions and spiritual philosophies Finding the principles in the Gita that are common to my own beliefs was enlightening Any recommendations of what to read next would be appreciated I ll end this review with my favorite verses That devotee who looks upon friend and foe with equal regard, who is not buoyed up by praise nor cast down by blame, alike in heat and cold, pleasure and pain, free from selfish attachments, the same in honor and dishonor, quiet, ever full, in harmony everywhere, firm in faith such a one is dear to me 12 18,19 Be fearless and pure never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life 16 1 Make every act an offering to me regard me as your only protector Relying on internal discipline, meditate on me always Remembering me, you shall overcome all difficulties through my grace 18 57, 58 Be aware of me always, adore me, make every act an offering to me, and you shall come to me this I promise for you are dear to me 18 65


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    How to Read The Ancient TextsTo know how we should approach the great Classical works of antiquity, we can look to Ben Jonson s formulation in Discoveries I know nothing can conduce to letters, than to examine the writings of the ancients, and not to rest in their sole authority, or take all upon trust from them provided the plagues of judging, and pronouncing against them, be away such as are envy, bitterness, precipitation, impudence, and scurrile scoffing For to all the observations of the ancients, we have our own experience which, if we will use, and apply, we have better means to pronounce It is true they opened the gates, and made the way, that went before us but as guides, not commanders