Let us become nobler

Sanskrit word 'Arya' or 'Aryam' stands for nobility. Let us implore everyone to become noble, the Arya or Aryam. Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Jews, communists or capitalists, rich or poor, clever or dumb, weak, meek or bully. Uncomfortable perhaps are they with other, threatening peace. Ray of hope for the world is ‘include-all’ ideas of ancient Indian wisdom popularly known as Hinduism. Only they knew how to celebrate individuality of each person. Aryas respect ideas of others, respect way of worship of others, help others and become a noble citizen of this wide and varied world. Idea behind this blog is to bring out those ideas and help each of us become better than what we are. 'N' in the 'Aryan', by the way, was a mistake made by colonial 'experts' who wanted to underplay and undermine the culture and religion of those who they clandestinely enslaved.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bhagavd Gita Advocates War?

News report from Russia: Wednesday, 28 December 2011 PTI Russian court nixes plea seeking ban on Gita
Please read Quote from the book “Bhagavad Gita and Hinduism, What Everyone Should Know”


There are some who may agree that the war was indeed a 'Dharma-War' but may hurriedly conclude that the Bhagavad Gita advocates war. The apostle of peace, Mahatma Gandhi, who shaped his non-violent freedom struggle, could not have considered the Gita as his life-guide, if it really advocated war. The employment of non-violent struggle was unheard of until Mahatma Gandhi employed it against the British. His success has transformed the political struggles around the world ever since. Mahabharata supplies enough evidence to prove that both Pandavas and Lord Krishna did everything that could be done to avoid the war. Also from the first chapter of the Gita, it is clear that Arjun preferred not to fight; war-mongering was the last thing in their characters. They desperately wanted to avoid the war.

In his poetry Four Quartet referring to the Gita, T S Eliot has given uncannily accurate message of the Bhagavad Gita: “Without consideration towards result, just fare forward, not fare well but fare forward”. The Bhagavad Gita does not advocate the war but it advocates righteous action without caring for the consequences.

Swami Prabhupad's remark is useful to further understand: “On perusal of the first chapter of the Bhagavad Gita one may think they are advised to engage in warfare. When the second chapter has been read it can be clearly understood that knowledge and the soul are the ultimate goals to be attained. On studying the third chapter it is apparent that acts of righteousness are also of high priority. If we continue and patiently take the time to complete the Bhagavad Gita and try to ascertain the truth of its closing chapter we can see that the ultimate conclusion is to relinquish all the conceptualized ideas of religion which we possess and fully surrender directly unto the Supreme Lord.”

Further reading:  Does the Bhagavad Gita Advocate War? Is the central dilemma, to fight or not to?