The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War

Author note: Barbara Stoler Miller (Translator)
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The Bhagavad-Gita has been an important textual content of Hindu tradition in India because the time of its composition within the first century A.D.

One of the nice classics of worldwide literature, it has encouraged such diversified thinkers as Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Eliot; such a lot lately, it shaped the center of Peter Brook's celebrated construction of the Mahabharata.

About the Translator
Until her demise in 1993, Barbara Stoler Miller used to be Samuel R. Mil- financial institution Professor of Asian and heart japanese Cultures at Barnard collage, Columbia college. a number one translator of Sanskrit liter- ature and good versed in Indian tune and paintings, Dr. Miller edited and translated a variety of works of poetry and drama.

Her translations in- clude Love music of the darkish Lord, a verse translation and learn of the medieval Indian non secular erotic poem Gitagovinda, and Yoga: self-discipline of Freedom, a translation of the Yoga Sutra attributed to Patanjali. Dr. Miller studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Barnard university and held a doctorate in Sanskrit and Indic stories from the collage of Pennsylvania. She taught at Barnard for twenty-five years.

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Hence the moral is that one must be patient and make the best of everything. One should learn to bear adversity cheerfully, do one’s best, pray to God, and trust in His grace. One should never complain about one’s misfortune. As one soweth so one reapeth. Hence there is no use in bewailing ill luck. One must learn how to master courage and build one’s destiny through self-effort. Patience is golden. Without patience life will be a total failure. One important point in this story is that when one goes to somebody for any favour, one should be prepared, to nod to his tune, if anything is to be expected from him.

Vice. Contact with this friend seems to be amusing to the man of virtue. But this is costly friendship. Very soon, the virtuous man discovers that the company of the ‘friend’ has denuded him of his virtues. He has lost the passport to the kingdom of God. He has to return to this world of pain and death, sorely disappointed. O man, beware of wrong company. Have Satsanga. You will be spiritually elevated. Parable Of Jaggery God’s Naivedya Having heard of the efficacy of worshipping the image of Vinayaka prepared out of jaggery, a man wanted to perform daily Puja to a jaggery-idol.

But people rush here and there, and want to get to the forefront. Even Sadhakas and devotees who crowd round temples and Ashrams aspire for position and rank! In the meantime, a simple child-like man, with a high degree of Viveka, approaches the Lord with the help of the long stick of meditation and basket of Bhakti. Living away from the maddening crowds, this Bhakta reaches the lotus-feet of the Lord first, because of his meditation and his devotion. The Lord is well pleased with his Viveka, his eagerness to avoid the crowd and reach a first place amongst them; and He is pleased with his meditation and devotion and grants him Divine Grace quickly.

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