Below is one of the greatest conversations in the history of religion and philosophy. For many years I have had the pleasure to use The Bhagavad Gita (Song of the Lord) as one of the required texts in a class "Cross-Cultural Perspectives".
The English translation of it is easy to read and the teachings will resonate with contemporary issues of religion and terror, morality and spiritual destruction, and most importantly the question of the Inner Self and the struggle to be at peace with oneself and the world. Hinduism as a philosophy has evolved in all its grandeur and magnificence and ought to be studied by those living in a pluralistic world. Alongside the ancient texts of the teachings of Kung Fu Tze, Lao Tze, Mencuis, the Gita is a great text from the Mahabharatta (The Great War). The puranas, The Ramayana, and the ancient sutras form the basis of the Hindu-Buddhist tradition and, through the enculturalization of the Ramayana and Mahabharatta has shaped the cultural philosophies of the peoples of Southeast Asia.
Enjoy the powerful dialogue below but read the text as well. Concepts such as "detachment", "dharma", "karma", "action", "illusion", and "moksha" are chronologically presented in the sections of the Gita.
In this scene, Krshna counsels Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurushektra; in a civil war: