Introduction To Bhagavad GitaPresentation Transcript
Introduction to Bhagavad-Gita Understanding the Mission Of the Human Form of Life
“ Dhṛtarāṣṭra said: O Sañjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pāṇḍu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kurukṣetra, desiring to fight, what did they do?” (BG 1.1)
Background of the Bhagavad-Gita
Perils of False Proprietorship
Principle of might is right replaces morality
Defamation of Character
Disparity in relationships ranging from friends to family to community to nations
Destruction of peace but internal and external
“ As in the paddy field the unnecessary plants are taken out, so it is expected from the very beginning of these topics that in the religious field of Kurukṣetra, where the father of religion, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, was present, the unwanted plants like Dhṛtarāṣṭra's son Duryodhana and others would be wiped out and the thoroughly religious persons, headed by Yudhiṣṭhira, would be established by the Lord.” Purport BG 1.1
Gita Study versus Academia Study
What is the difference between studying Bhagavad-Gita and studying material subjects in school/colleges?
Transformation of heart and life after hearing Bhagavad-Gita!
Arjuna was in total dejection in the beginning of Bhagavad-Gita, but was completely transformed after hearing Bhagavad-Gita.
Depression is the increasingly growing disease around the world despite “advancement” of civilization. Plenty of information but no transformation.
Arjuna Before Hearing Bhagavad-Gita Dejected and not able to cope with life’s challenges
Arjuna After Hearing Bhagavad-Gita Enthused and ready to deal with the tribulations that life presents
Specialty of the Human Form
What is the difference between animals and human beings?
Humans eat-Animals eat
Humans sleep-Animals sleep
Humans mate-Animals mate
Human defend-Animals defend
SO What’s the Difference?
“ The activities of eating, sleeping, mating and defending are common in animals and human beings. The Human beings are considered superior only when they inquire about the Absolute Truth, otherwise they are considered just like animals.” Hitopadesa
The Human Mission
What is the special prerogative of the human body?
Athato Brahma jijnasa “Therefore, Inquire into the Absolute Truth.”
The importance of relevant inquires: Who am I? Why am I suffering? What is the Goal of Life?
These are proper inquiries for the human mission.
“ The human body, which can award all benefit in life, is automatically obtained by the laws of nature, although it is a very rare achievement. This human body can be compared to a perfectly constructed boat, having the spiritual master as the captin and the instructions of the Personality of Godhead as favorable winds impelling it on its course. Considering all these advantages, a human being who does not utilize his human life to cross the ocean of material existence must be considered the killer of his own soul.” Bhagavatam 11.20.17
Working hard in material life is like cleaning cage of the bird. We should not neglect the bird inside the cage which is compared to the soul inside the body.