When the body dies, it simply passes into another body and continues to live. Death must come to all who live and rebirth must come to all who die. Why mourn for what cannot be avoided? It is Arjuna's duty to fight in a war for the right cause. He is soldier and his responsibility is to fight. Real sin lies not in the killing of his enemies but in failing in his dharma duty.
Krishna instructs Arjuna about three ways to have union with God. The first is Karma Yoga the Way of Action. Every person should do his or her duty according to caste, without hope of personal benefit or ambition, but with faith in God.
Those who go through the motions of performing rituals without care or interest, or do their work only for profit, will never be released from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Only if a person acts with his or her mind fixed on Brahman God , will he or she become free. Moreover he will also remain at peace and unified with the Almighty. Anyone in that state feels no disturbing desires. Where there is no desire, there is no disappointment and there are also competitive ambitions.
In work, one's sole ambition should be to serve as an example to others so that they too may do their duty. The second way is Jnana Yoga the Way of Knowledge. Through this method also, the contemplative person can seek union with God. Such person has great self-control and spends much of his or her time in meditation.
Through God's grace, he or she will come to realize that Brahman and Atman are one. Arjuna asks which one of these two paths is the best. Krishna replies that the result will be the same, whichever path is followed.
The end means absorption is Brahman. The entire universe exists because of Brahman but only few are only mature enough to perceive His power. Most people are absorbed with their own petty and temporary concerns, which are only maya illusion ; and maya cannot last but must pass away in time. The third way is Bhakti Yoga the Way of Devotion. This is one of the most important contributions made by The Bhagwad Gita to the development of modern Hinduism.
Krishna becomes the Ishvara personal God , who may be worshipped as a spirit or as an image by his followers. He will accept any offering, however humble, as long as it is made with love. Ever ' worshipper, who approaches with a loving heart, is welcomed. Union with God and release from the sufferings of birth, death and rebirth shall be bestowed on all those who are devoted to Krishna.
Krishna then reveals Himself to Arjuna as Lord Vishnu, Arjuna is overwhelmed and bursts into a great hymn of praise. He is fearful and ashamed because he had addressed Krishna as his friend.
But Krishna is merciful and returns to the human form to comfort Arjuna. He explains to Arjuna that His Majesty is too great for human beings to behold. Krishna continues to teach Arjuna about the nature of man. He defines the qualities that bring people nearer to Brahman and those that tend to lead them astray.
The individual nature of people decides what and how they worship. Grief and sentimentalism overcome him and induce a sense of easy self-righteousness; Victory, honour, glory and a chivalrous fight, which have been his Kshtriya-dharma so far in life, no longer seemed inspiring enough; a world with justice and righteousness is still desired but not to be acquired at the cost of bloodshed in an all-drawing war.
So Arjuna casts aside his bow and arrow. Arjuna is committing the most common human fallacy- being a judge in his own cause; Overcome by sentimentalism, he constructs a web of arguments for his own psychological comfort and finds himself trapped in this web of his own making. But guiding him in the field of battle is Krishna, the friend, the higher self, the divine himself. His gaze penetrates deep into the mind of Arjuna and dissects the web bit by bit.
He takes Arjuna into the deepest recesses of human existence and lays out a doctrine which is immense in its scope, eternal in its nature and exacting in its demands. Krishna tells Arjuna that the war that is about to ensue will happen anyway, with or without him. The people at war were only instruments of divine-working, serving divine purpose- progression of human life and existence. The test of a philosophical text should not be how neat and clean moral instructions it can provide, but rather how much it can unsettle the set beliefs and stretch them higher and deeper.
Gita scores full marks on that test. You may agree or disagree with what it says but you cannot be indifferent to it; even if it does not provide answers to all your questions, it will certainly enhance the quality of your doubts. And that is worth reading a text for. Jun 17, T rated it really liked it. Most of us know at a high level the core message of Gita to some extent - "Just do your job focusing on the process without getting obsessed with results. To do this a detailed theological construct around the nature Most of us know at a high level the core message of Gita to some extent - "Just do your job focusing on the process without getting obsessed with results.
To do this a detailed theological construct around the nature of the universe, soul, God etc. It is more like reconciling various things said in other theological texts that came before that and condensing everything to a central message.
That way one gets an idea why The Gita is considered the most important book of the Hindu religion. It was not a very easy read as explanation of theological construct is more theoretical exposition. If one labors through it, the book does give a reasonable overview of the message of the Gita without over simplifications. And definitely gives some food for contemplation if read with open mind.
I stress the open mind because the theological constructs such as the 3 aspects of God incidentally Aurobindo links this to the Biblical construct of Father, Son and Holy Spirit , concept of Avatars, nature and God, three Gunas etc. May 10, The Conch rated it really liked it. The main theme of the book is to show evolution of human being from ordinary, elemental plane of consciousness to God level consciousness. For this the process is first leave the fruit of your karma, then gradually sacrifice all of your karma to God.
Your body, mind, intellect, ego everything are of nature, which is subordinate the Supreme Purusha. So, think all works of Him too. In this way one will be liberated for the cycle of death and life.
Jul 09, Ron Krumpos rated it really liked it. Sep 18, Rakesh rated it it was amazing. The Bhagavad Gita re-written for the modern mind, by one of India's greatest seers. To read the Essays on the Gita is to experience the message of Krishna and fall in love with Him and his Lila. In my opinion - best book on metaphysics of spirituality ever written. Apr 09, Chandan Priyadarshi rated it it was amazing Shelves: What an amazing commentary on Bhagvad Gita Must read this book to know the real message by Gita to whole mankind.
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Essays on Gita Our Demand and Need from the Gita THE WORLD abounds with scriptures sacred and profane, with revelations and half-revelations, with religions and . The Bhagwad Gita is the most widely read and revered religious text of the world. The State of Haryana is proud of the fact that this legendary epic was orated by Lord Krishna at Jyotisar Short Essay on Bhagavad Gita.