דניאל יוסף בן מאיר הירש
This is a pleasure to read. Thank you for doing it. Keep it up.
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A simplified version of a simplified version of the Bhagavad Gita.
I am making this thread for myself, in order to encourage me to read the Gita again. I'll continually update as long as I have service, which is not guaranteed for me.
Feel free to comment though
"Bhagavad Gita" means "song of God"
It is a small part of the Hindu epic "Mahabharata"
The Gita takes place at a high point of a feud between two great families. The feud revolves around a inheritance dispute that culminates into a war.
When the two houses face off in the battlefield, the champion of one house, Prince Arjuna, instructs his chariot driver between the two armies so he can observe. Overwhelmed by the site of family and loved ones divided on both sides, he declares he will not fight. The chariot driver and the Prince then discuss life and death, as well as divinity.
Thats the Gita!
The chariot driver is none other than Lord Krishna.
Krishna is a major deity is Hinduism. Worshipped as the eighth avatar of Vishnu and a supreme God in his own right.
The perspective that the Gita is told from is like this. The blind King Dhritarashta on the opposing side of Arjuna has a clairvoyant scribe Sanjaya. This scribe relays Krishna's and Arjuna's conversation to the king.
The clairvoyant scribe Sanjaya begins to relay to the blind King Dhritarashta what is happening on the battlefield.
Prince Arjuna and Lord Krishna ride between the two armies. Seeing families divided, Arjuna declares he will not fight and throws aside his bow. Lord Krishna turns to him and begins to speak.
Thanks for doing this I was going to read it years back but the free app was not in English and trying to learn (I’m guessing) Hindi was a bridge much too far.