Monthly Archives: January 2019

Conclusions on the Gita

The Gita is an attempt to include a diverse set of teachings from various schools, most prominent among them the Stoic-like Sankhya School of philosophy and the Vaishnava sect of devotional Hinduism, in one scripture. It seeks to establish Lord … Continue reading

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On Bhakti and Philodeman Piety

Throughout the Gita, and in the long tradition of Krishna Consciousness, Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of devotion) is declared the highest form of yoga for most people. While the Gita declares that everyone worships according to their nature and tendencies, … Continue reading

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God in the Gītā

One God, Many Forms It may surprise people to know that Hinduism has a tradition of monotheism that evolved separately and independently from Abrahamic religions. Well, in reality, Hinduism teaches that there is one Supreme Soul (Param-Atma) or Brahman. This … Continue reading

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Prakriti and Purusha: Mother Nature and Father Consciousness

As part of the Gita’s process of acting as compendium of Vedic philosophy, it includes an introduction to the concepts of Prakriti (Mother Nature) and Purusha (Father Spirit). Mother Nature/Prakriti is said to be the reason for agency (cause and effect), and … Continue reading

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The Gita: a Stoic Scripture

You may remember that one of the quotes by which we can compare the Gita to Epicurean teachings is: “Most men are insensible when they rest, and mad when they act.” (Vatican Saying 11). In the Gita, this problem is … Continue reading

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The Yoga of Activity

The Problem of Anxiety Most men are insensible when they rest, and mad when they act. – Vatican Saying 11 This little-noticed Vatican Saying goes to the heart of the issues addressed by the practice of the yoga of activity. In … Continue reading

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The Poetic and Literary Value of the Gita

As is the case with other scriptures, the Gita contains beautiful and didactic poetic moments, parables and comparisons. For example, when Sri Krishna shows his Universal Form at end of chapter 11, he assumes the form of Lord Time (Kala, which is an aspect … Continue reading

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