Wishing You All A Warm Holiday Season!
We have concluded reading the Buddhist text Dhammapada. Did you enjoy reading it as much as the Taoist text Tao Te-Ching? More? Less? Was any one chapter in particular your favorite?
Starting from January, 2010 I will post “Readings” from the Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita. The text recounts the tale of Arjuna, a prince. The setting is a battlefield. As a warrior it is Arjuna’s duty to fight. The epic war is about to begin. As Arjuna (with his four brothers and their armies) confronts the armies of his rival cousins he is faced with this moral dilemma, how can I kill my kith and kin? What is the meaning of war? What is its purpose? His duty conflicts with his thoughts. Then his charioteer, the god Krishna, intercedes. Through dialogue Krishna leads the warrior to a higher understanding of the spiritual nature of humans and the world. Their dialogue reveals the terrible beauty of the ultimate reality as the charioteer discloses it to the warrior.
Bhagavad-Gita has resonated through the ages with people around the world. It has inspired thinkers such as David Thoreau, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. In my commentary “As I Understand It” I would include their thoughts about the sacred text. I hope you’ll join me, as always, as we go through the eighteen chapters of the scripture.
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Wishing you a warm holiday season!
Madhu B. Wangu.