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Bhagavad Gita Saram - 1
« on: May 04, 2009, 11:44:56 AM »
An enormous literature stands woven around the Bhagavad Gita
as translation, note or commentary, seeking to explain to our hearts
the directly spoken word of Krishna, divine teacher and friend.
Reading the Gita again and again as a whole, one sees how little
is lends itself to analysis, for it is a song of such vastness and
resonance that it is best experienced not by the mind but in the
silence of the heart.  Despite its symphonic range, from the cataclysmic to the infinitely tender, the song is personal to us --
for it is the personal dialogue of a loving teacher with his devotee-
friend who loves but despairs and knows not that his strife is not
for the earthly but for the eternal. 

Though Arjuna wavers, questions, reasons, and even counters Krishna's words, his soul slowly absorbs the teaching as irrefutable
Truth, as irrefutable as when Krishna revales Himself as all-powerful
Time which will destroy the foe even if Arjuna will not fight.  Thus
the Gita becomes a Pramana, authoritative knowledge, a testimony, resting irrefutably  in the end beyond analysis and reason. 

Yet what it is that we hear through its 700 verses?  As in the Upanishads we hear the theme of Jnana, Self Knowledge, as the
highest theme and the Jnani, the man of self-knowledge as one above all men, for he dwells in God.  Says Krishna, 'the man of vision and I are one.  His soul is one in me, and I am his Path Supreme' (7.18).*

[* The author uses the translation of Juan Mascaro, who is also
a Sanskrit scholar.]

But the recurrent theme is of bhakti, love, which unites man with God and thereby man with man.  At a daily level, Krishna urges, "Whatever you do, or eat, or give, or offer in adoration, let it be an
offering to me; and whatever you suffer, suffer it for me. (9.27).
The same urgent invitation is heard more sweepingly. "Give me thy
mind and give me thy heart, give me thy offerings and thy adorations and thus with thy soul in harmony, and making me thy goal supreme,
thou shalt in truth come to me."  (9.34).

Arunachala Siva.