Monday, June 6, 2011

Episode 60 - The Gita, part 2: The Godhead

Episode 60 - This concludes Krishna's dialog with Arjun about Dharma, Bhakti, Yoga, and the Gunas.  During the course of this, Arjun is granted divine sight, and is able to catch a glimpse of Krishna's true appearance; it nearly blows his mind.

Getting back to Arjun's original question-- Does Arjun's Dharma really require him to kill his relatives and gurus? and how can this can be a good thing?  It seems like a lot of Krishna's teaching is addressed to posterity, because advice to meditate more often isn't exactly going to propel Arjun into the battlefield.  I think the convincing part of it for Arjun was the divine vision in which he saw his enemies rushing inexorably to their deaths. Whether he followed his Dharma, or ran away, these guys were dead men walking.  So the decision to fight was a personal one.  Whether he fired the arrow that killed his grandfather or not, the sin of murder would not be on his conscience.

This ends the Gita.  We have only one small formality to take care of, and then finally the battle will begin-- next episode!


  1. Hi,

    I enjoy the manner in which you explain the story, in appropriate detail and using modern language. Your love for this epic and respect for the characters clearly comes through.

    I'm waiting for the next episode. Thanks. This meets a long standing need of mine to have someone explain the Mahabharata and Krishna's story's to me in simple language.

  2. Have you discussed your podcast with any Indian Sathus or holy-men? their reactions would be interesting

  3. That would probably get me in trouble! I'm surprised no one has complained about my unorthodox approach-- but then what I love about India is that there really can't be any one orthodoxy! Where I live, there aren't too many Sadhus unfortunately. Thanks.

  4. Episode 60 PODCAST link is missing. will you please reload the file.

  5. I'm sorry, but I don't see the problem. From the blog, I clicked on the header link and the audio comes up. I also checked the XML feed and that link works as well. Please send me more details about the problem and I'll see if I can help. Thanks.