[Advaita-l] Dying to Live Peacefully - III
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Sat Jan 6 02:27:15 EST 2018
On Fri, 5 Jan 2018, kuntimaddi sadananda via Advaita-l wrote:
> Bhagavat Geeta is from Mahabharata and Geeta is essentially a manual of
> living beautifully and peacefully to ultimately to arrive at peace that
> passeth understanding. Geeta, in essence, provides the discusses how to
> live peacefully according to sanatana dharma perspective.
!!! Let's not forget Gita took place on the eve of an ugly war in which
lakhs of people including virtually the entire flower of the ruling
classes were killed. The Gita is many things but peaceful it is not. And
note Arjuna is perfectly willing to give up his kingdom, wealth etc. It
is Krishna Bhagavan who dissuades him.
The Mahabharata, particularly if you read the original, does not shy away
from acknowledging the neegative consequences of the Pandavas actions.
Nevertheless it was the right thing to do. What the Gita teaches is how
to develop the mental equanimity to do the right thing even when it may
seem to be wrong.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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