Title: Baghavad Gita
Plot: 2-For-1, This is the Hari Krishna's primary religious text, but only one of many of the Hindu's. Krishna is viewed as the Supreme God and he is talking to Arjuna (a prince) about the moral question of whether it's okay to kill our friends and countrymen in civil war.
Note: For researcher types who want a deep study there are four parts. Part 4 is the most interesting summary. While Part 1 is also a good summary (though not as entertaining).
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Congratulations! Welcome to part 4 of the Gita study. This is exciting! You are only 20 minutes away from completing your study of 2 world religions. Meaning that in just 20 minutes you will be entitled to a certificate of achievement for completing the Gita study. And why not? We get recognized for completing computer courses, graduating from high school and college. Isn't it only right that we be recognized for learning a world religion? After all, is it really more important that we learn about Java and HTML or is it more important that we study ancient history and learn about the soul and the spirit?
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After completing this podcast you can move on to the Great Learning by Confucius. And that is a much shorter study that will add one more religion to your toolbelt in short order. Boosting your new world religion awareness total to 3 very quickly. And in that study, I will direct to the next study, which is a 4-for-1. So don't miss it! Not only putting you over the half way mark, but practically delivering you to across the finish line. And of course enabling you to amass certificates of achievement in recognition every step along the way.
But It's time to dive in.
There were 18 chapters in the Gita and if you didn't know this religion before, you are about to discover how well you know it, now. Everything I'm about to say will strike you as so familiar you will be borderline tired of hearing it and that is your indication my friends that you have mastered this course. That you know the book and therefore the religion extremely well.
I will now summarize each of the 18 chapters using a key word or sentence that culminates in the core message of the Gita:
I bet you already know the key phrase from chapter one / book one of the Gita. Say it with me now:
Arjuna asked Krishna how can I kill my kinfolk?
To which he replied Arjuna, you're talking like a coward, snap out of it.
Next he informed Arjuna that nothing is really created or destroyed, what is here now has always been here. And so we get an introduction to the idea of reincarnation that informs Arjuna that the worst case to killing his countrymen means that they will be reborn as infants in the next reincarnation cycle. Meaning that Arjuna was taking death too seriously.
That summarizes book one and two and brings us to three and four:
This is where Arjuna begins noticeably deflecting. He doesn't like this command from Krishna and so he asks:
If meditation is nobler than action, then why must I fight?
Krishna essentially says because right thinking leads to good actions. So do your task! And then we venture deeper into the reincarnation doctrine where Krishna reveals that he gave sacred knowledge to Viviswatta before time existed and when he had a different body. Because as it turns out Krishna reincarnates but, keeps his memory and power.
In chapters five and six we are introduced to the concept of compartmentalization, where Krishna told Arjuna to focus on the task at hand and exclude his feelings on the matter. This is a theme that is pounded throughout the Gita that originates here. And then he followed that discourse with one on the importance of self control.
In chapters seven and eight Krishna first told us about himself and then he explained that the way to end the reincarnation cycle is by focusing on him during death. And in a sense he warned us that in those moments we will go wherever we send ourselves.
In chapters nine and ten Krishna gives a vague description of the heliocentric universe that science promotes to this day. And by the way, so far this is the earliest book I've run across with this explanation. He then describes himself in such a way that if you converted his words into third person it would be an excellent prayer or praise hymn.
In chapter eleven Krishna reveals himself to Arjuna, which causes Arjuna to hit his knees, sob and beg Krishna to retake his human form. In chapter twelve, the one on faith, Arjuna asks who pleases you most? To which he responds, do your best and seek me with your heart and soul.
In chapter 13 Krishna says the spirit binds to a body that was created by nature and upon entering activates the senses. And so we are introduced to the idea that the soul and spirit are separate from the body. Chapter 14 goes into three categories what I called small, medium and large and we are encouraged to go large.
In chapter 15 we are told about the Aswattha Banyan tree.
Meaning a tree with deep roots can handle a bigger storm, an old tree is stronger than a young one and those sorts of things. In chapter 16 Krishna contrasts good with evil.
In chapter 17 Arjuna asks what becomes of a person who believes in Krishna, but they can't live up to the good standard? And really this is where we discover that the only hell in this religion is remaining stuck in the reincarnation loop. The book then closes when Arjuna sees the light and decides to act on Krishna's recommendation that he fight in the civil war.
If I did my job right, you will feel like the summary that I just gave is very familiar. If you've mastered the material, then what I explained sounded repetitious. If so, congratulations! That means that you have just mastered two popular world religions!
Now I told you I would give you a second code. The second code is the name of the Superhero that I mentioned in Gita podcast part 3. Ah, there was a reason I did that! There was a reason I did that. I knew you'd remember it. I told you it was a memory tool. So to get your certificate of achievement write down 12345, and the name of the hero that I mentioned in part 3 of the Gita podcast. Then e-mail me that information along with the address where you'd like me to send the certificate. If you supply a home address you'll get a physical copy or post office box. And if you supply an e-mail address you'll get a PDF. I leave that to you to decide.
Once again congratulations! This is a big accomplishment. And I commend you for sticking with it.
And I hope you enjoyed this review of the Baghavad Gita. And I encourage you to continue your journey through the most popular world religions by proceeding to the Great Learning by Confucius.
Have a brilliant week and y'all come back now, ya here?
Podcasts mentioned in this episode
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