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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 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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The Yoga of Existential Anxiety

The Gita takes place in the field of Kurukshetra, also called Dharmakshetra (the battlefield of action). As the battle is about to begin, Arjuna–who belongs to the warrior caste–asks his charioteer, Lord Krishna, to move the chariot to a place … Continue reading

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A Non-Believer Reads the Bhagavad Gita: Gita’s Definitions of Yoga

Introduction: A Non-Believer Reads the Gita The Bhagavad Gita (=Song of the Lord) is the Gospel of Hinduism and the collection of yoga teachings by Sri Krishna–believed to have been an avatar (=divine incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, the second person in the Hindu Trimurti … Continue reading

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