[Advaita-l] A news item

rajaramvenk at gmail.com rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Wed Apr 11 13:57:29 CDT 2012

I disagree with the analysis. There are hundreds of interpretations of the gita. None of the authors are known to be violent like Hitler. Gandhi, for example, did not follow any sampradaya in his interpretation. "bhagavad gita kinchita tirtha ganga jalalana ...". A reading of gita mahatmiyam will show how even knowing half a verse is beneficial. 

Hitler's God is a good book to understand the religious beliefs that drove Hitler to do what he did. 

Kalavai Venkat has shown that there 400+ anti-semitic verses in the Bible! It is what drove Hitler. 

I have been to the concentration camps. There is always a church next to each one where the nazis prayed. Please note that the nazis forced the jews to accept christian names. 

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I saw the following news item today
and learnt of an unsavory association that has been foisted upon the bhagavad-gItA
by people in Nazi Germany. It turns out that one top Nazi leader was personally a fan
of the gItA (or what one can only very charitably call his perverted understanding of it).
My immediate reaction to this was the importance of sampradAya in what lessons we
learn from difficult texts of philosophy. Of course, any true vedAntic teacher would have
sent back Hitler and Himmler with a solid admonition to develop basic adhikAra before
even venturing to read the gItA! 
In retrospect, one can only wish that German leaders before World War II had read the
gItA the way Thoreau, Emerson, Einstein and Oppenheimer read it. Each of them read
the gItA in translation, not in the original. And what a different understanding each one
of them took away from the text!
One can only imagine how different world history would have been if the gItA had been
introduced to Europe according to the new American Transcendentalist sampradAya of
Emerson and Thoreau, rather than being read through the lens of Hitler's sampradAya. 
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