Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Returning to the roots with Bhagavad Geeta (1.1)

It has been my wish to study the Bhagavad Geeta for a long time. Procrastinated enough. And i have finally made up my mind to pursue studying it seriously. And hence begins my column dedicated to this study on my blog. 

Hoping and wishing for the maximum understanding of this ocean of wisdom and knowledge. Even a few drops of this mighty ocean will surely cleanse my ignorant spirit. With a lot of excitement, i hereby begin this journey back to the roots, praying to the great divine consciousness to guide me through.

I came across this amazing site, where i am studying from - http://www.bhagavad-gita.org

Bhagwad Geeta (1.1)

Bhagavad Geeta is the compilation of the whole narration of what Lord Krishna instructs Arjuna in the battlefield in Mahabharata, as heard and seen by Sanjaya through the gift of clairvoyance he gets, as he informs Dhritarashtra, the blind king about the happenings on the battle field. This conversation between Dhritarashtra and Sanjaya was described to Arjuna's great grandson - Emperor Janamejaya by Vaisampayana Muni and the Bhagavad Geeta we study today is in this form.

In this very first verse, Dhritarashtra asks Sanjaya to tell him what is happening between his sons and the Pandavas who have gathered in Kurukshetra, the holy land of righteousness. By the way King Dhritarashtra addresses his sons as 'mamakah' (implying My Own Sons) and Pandu's sons as Pandavas, it shows that he does not treat the Five as his own. The elephant in the room however, is how the location of the battle field will influence the two sides. Would it's quality of righteousness compel the righteous Pandavas to give up the kingdom and go back to the forest or would it make the Kauravas realize their fraudulent behaviors and make peace with the Pandavas avoiding the bloodshed for a wrong cause.

My understanding here is that there is both good and bad in a person. And there is always a fight amongst the two. It's somehow easier to support the bad in us, knowing the good side is where one should be. But all the other wordly entities brainwash us otherwise. Circumstances is the battle field. How the entities around us influence us also matters.

Call me right, call me wrong,
But i hope you always sing a happy song.
No don't address me outside,
For i am deep within, come confide!


  1. Hi,
    I have been wanting to read Geeta myself too, but busy with life. lol. I am looking forward to read more of your posts on Geeta before I can find some time to do it myself.

    I like your narration of Chapter 1.1

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!
      Looking forward to interacting with you over the study.

  2. The teacher does all the work and the students listen(herein. .read) and benefit :) So simple and good to read...will hang around for your entire discourse :)

    1. haha... Thank you Preethi... this kind of encouragement will surely boost me to go the whole length.
      Looking forward to your views :)