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Blessed Self,

Hari OM and Namaste!


THOUGHTS:

THE BHAGAVAD-GITA -  The Source -  By Swami Chinmayananda!

The Bhagavad-gita, the divine song of the Lord, occurs in the Bhisma-parva of the Mahabharata, and comprises eighteen chapters - the twenty-fifth through the forty-second.

     This great handbook of practical living marked a positive revolution in Hinduism and inaugurated a Hindu renaissance for the ages that followed the era of the Puranas.

     In this song of the Lord, the poet-seer Vyasa has brought the Vaidika truths out of the sequestered Himalayan caves into the active fields of political life, even into the confusing tensions of an imminent fratricidal war. Arjuna became shattered in his mental equipoise due to some psychological maladjustment, and lost his capacity to act with the discrimination. Lord Krsna takes this disturbed mind of Arjuna in hand for a Hindu treatment with Vaidika truths.

     No other race has ever harnessed so successfully the scintillating possibilities of drama in literature for the purposes of philosophical exposition as have the ancient Hindus. The Upanisads were recorded in the form of a conversation between the Teacher and the taught in the quiet atmosphere of the silent and peaceful Himalayan valleys. In the Bhagavad-gita, however, the highest and best in Hindu philosophy has been reiterated within a more elaborately detailed dramatic layout amongst the din and roar of a great war. Lord Krsna gives his message of courageous action to Arjuna in the middle of the breathtaking palpitating tension of a battlefield.

     Vyasa, the author of the Mahabharata, was a child of the Vedas, and immersed as he was in the literary style of Vaidika mysticism, to a certain extent he employed symbolism in his works of the Puranas. The entire Mahabharata represents a huge literary canvas, upon which Vyasa successfully painted view of Vedanta and goal of life.
 
Choose whichever Guru comes to you, but understand that the only Guru is He, the Lord, who expresses in many forms.

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Shivatmananda
 
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