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The Holy Book
2005-03-13 oochappan

The Holy Book

Madurai

On Sundays we make time to refill our spiritual mind
leaving our day-to-day worries for a moment behind.
The Holy Book, probably the "Shree Bahavath Geethai" here, inspired by this man's readings with a self righteous gesture... vivant pointing out with intonation the essence of the lessons here written down.
And a lot of discussions and questions are going around about this book, one issue for instance "Why does the sankara madam select its head based on birth based casteism ?", translated in our culture this same question could be posed as "Why does Vatican select only males as popes? Why not a female?" ...:))) Likewise is the low-cast not accepted to join catholic seminaries to become priest here in Tamil Nadu.

A tight crop as the group of listeners where rather scattered out under the shelter of a Mandapam at the Meenakshi Temple.

... and for the readers a summery of the book.

The Bhagavad-Gita, or the Blessed Lord's song, appears in the Maha- bharata,
one of the two great sacred epics of India. It gives the dialogue between
lord Krishna and his disciple Arjuna at the outset of the mighty battle of
Kurukshetra. One the one side were the five Pandava brothers,
Yudhishthira, Bhima and Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva; on the other side,
their cousins, the Kurus, led by Duryodhana, all sons of the blind king
Dhritarashtra. The Pandava's represented nobility, honesty, uprightness,
valor, skill; while the other side represented ambition, avarice, hatred,
jealousy, and unrighteousness. The Pandavas,through the treachery of
Duryodhana. has lost their kingdom and had wandered as exiles in the end
of that time, having fulfilled their agreement, they returned; and being
lovers of peace, they begged out of all their vast the brothers. But
jealous Duryodhana refused and lord Krishna, desirous to avoid a deadly
conflict which will involve the noblest men of all India, went Himself in
person to the court of the Kurus to try to dissuade the children of
Dhritarashtra from an unrighteous war. "That friend," He declared, "the
wise do not consider a friend who uses not every effort to act as a
mediator in a rupture between kinsmen. In order that unrighteous, deluded
and inimical people may not say that Krishna, able though he was, did not
restrain the angry Kurus and Pandavas from killing each other, I have come
to work for good of both parties; and having tried in this matter, I
shall free myself from general reproach. Having heard my the foolish
Duryodhana will not accept it, he will only be subdued by his own fate.
If, without sacrificing the rightful interests of the Pandavas, I can
secure the peace of the Kurus, I shall have discharged a sacred duty and
the Kurus will be liberated from the cords ....

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Focus25-Sep-2005 15:29
Nice capture........well done.