Article: CONTROVERSY OVER THE BHAGVAD GITA
A great controversy has been going on throughout the nation over the ban of the great Hindu scripture The Bhagvad Gita in Russia. Not only the Hindus, but most of the people who consider the Gita as a great piece of literature also are surprised at the wave of protest showed in Russia calling it a literature that spreads social discord. It is already known to all that in a Siberian court, some state prosecutors have petitioned that the Gita is an extremist literature. The petition, filed in last June of this year also asked for a ban on the Russian translation of the great Hindu religious text done by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The court, filing the petition of the prosecutors, had referred the book to the Tomsk State University for "an expert" examination on October 25 this year. But question has been raised against the qualifications of this University from the side of the Hindus in Russia as it lacks indologists. The Russian court has deferred verdict on The Bhagwat Gita ban till December 28 of this year. Members of the ISKCON appealed to the govt. of India to handle the matter with diplomatic steps. The issue also generated a lot of heat in the parliament as angry MPs urged the Govt. to protect the Hindus in Russia. The Bhagvad Gita, the 700 versed Hindu scripture has been occupying a very important place in the history of literature and philosophy. The teacher of the Gita, i.e. Lord Sri Krishna is revered by Hindus as a manifestation of God. The Bhagvad Gita is the advice of Lord Krishna given to Arjuna before the start of the Kurukshetra war. The Gita explains the five basic concepts or truths, including Ishvara, Jiva,Prakriti, Dharma, and kaala (time). Krishna provides knowledge of dharma or universal harmony and duty. Arjuna wishes to leave the battle field without fighting against his own...
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