REL 340-02

*** HANDOUTS: research paper, the seventh teaching ***

Bhagavad-Gita (god’s song, the song of god)

  • part of Mahabharata
  • ~200CE?
  • one of strongest descriptions of Dharma in Mahab.
  • tension between Dharma, Moksha
  • action (karma) leading to samsara (rebirth)

Arjuna’s dilemma

  • dharma v. adharma (order v.chaos)
  • Lord Krishna
    • identified with Vishnu

Trimurti (3 forms of cosmic god)

  • Brahma – creator
  • Vishnu – sustainer
    • will intervene in human affairs
    • via avataras (incarnate forms)
  • Shiva – destroyer

3 basic messages of Gita (yoga = discipline):

  • Karma – yoga
    • action
  • jnana-yoga (pronounced j’nyana)
    • knowledge
    • atman
    • brahman (nirguna br. v. saguna br., without qualities v. with qualities)
  • bhakti-yoga
    • devotion

Krishna’s divine magic: maya, or cosmic illusion

Lila: divine play, the play of god

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