Saturday, December 06, 2008

Great dialogue from The Bhagavad Gita

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:

7 comments:

julian said...

Dear Dr.
yesterday it was about islam, today its hinduism.though i am a catholic and my late wife hindu, i believe the SUPREME BEING is one but called by different names by different religions.
basically GOD is in everything----ATHMA (spelling may be wrong but i think you get my point).
i enjoy reading your articles, may ATHMA guide you and YB PRK.
julian
ps i am from the little red dot.

Mr. Smith said...

I read this dialogue some 20 years ago and was amazed by the wisdom we can learn from it, be he a Christian, Hindu , Muslim or Buddist.
But if the Muslims start reading the dialogue, a fatwa will be out in due course.

GOD'S CHILD AN EX-DECORATED SERGEANT said...

DR, YOU CAN ADDRESS ME AS BROTHER OR UNCLE WHAT EVER SUITS YOU, I AM 58. I AM REALLY IMPRESSED ABOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE IN ALL RELIGION AS SAME AS I DO. KNOWING ABOUT ALL RELIGION IS THE GREATEST GIFT GOD THE ALMIGHTY HAS GIVEN US, DR YOU SEEM TO BE MORE TO EDUCATIONAL SIDE ALSO ON MY REQUEST WHY DON'T YOU DO A SMALL RESEARCH EHV (EDUCATION IN HUMAN VALUES) COORDINATED BY THE INSTITUTE OF HIGHER LEARNING OF BHAGAWAN SRI SATYA SAI BABA OF PUTHAPARTHI OF ANDRAD PRADESH IN INDIA. INFO MEDIUM http://satyasai org.com or http://radiosai.org

Brian said...

Nice posting. Do you know about this edition of the Gita?

http://www.YogaVidya.com/gita.html

Anonymous said...

The Gita is the 'milk' of all vedas. Over the years Hinduims has been 'diluted' by many cultural elements. The Bhagavat Gita gives the simplified version. To me it encompases all human irrespective of ones faith.
Be in any faith, one has to be 'good' as spelt by ones faith...after all Gods sees ones inner heart. We especially the Malaysians should realise this and learn to appreciate the difference and live to respect one another for God's sake
Thanks Dr. Azly for the posting

bluesailor said...

I wonder what you guys gain from a book of wars.

pak yeh said...

I too belief in all religions.Truth is a word.a word has no meaning except what people lend meaning to words.In its diversity truth is the koran to the Muslims,the bible to the Christians etc. In its totality it is the sum of all books of God.

http://warongpakyeh.blogspot.com

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