The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Arjuna and Krishna. Arjuna is the brother of Yudhishthira and believes that his brother should be king of their kingdom, but Dhritarashtra, who is the blind king now, wants to give the kingdom to his son Duroydhana. Krishma is Arjuna’s charioteer who tries to push Arjuna to fight by telling him what all this means and does. Therefore, a battle is brought up, Arjuna’s members against Dhritarashtra’s members. When it becomes time to battle Arjuna freezes up and does not want to battle anymore because he says this battle is not worth it if he has to kill his own kin. As the conversation goes on Krishma explains all his reasoning on why he thinks and knows Arjuna should go on with this battle against Dhritarashtra. At the end of the book the conversation ends by Krishma telling Arjuna he must choose a path of either good or evil. Arjuna finally understands and sees what his meaning in this battle is, so now he proceeds into battle.
The historical context of The Bhagavad Gita dates back to the time period between 1700 and 700 B.C. when Hinduism came into effect. Hinduism is associated with the territory of India. Hinduism portrayed gods intervening in political and military activity on a regular basis. The Bhagavad Gita is the most famous Hindu religious text. During this period of Hinduism Hindu kings were not only in charge of the secular administration, but also the administration of temple estates. Brahmins were the only supporting forces of king rulers they were expected to endorse the king’s authority. Hindus believe that gods have regularly intervened in human life and they believe in reincarnation of all living creatures, including gods. Krishna is one of Hinduism’s important gods, who gained national recognition and was represented as blue/black gold. Each locality in city and village was knit together by religious shrines where personal prayer took place containing pictures and statues of the...
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