RLS 131 - JOURNAL #1


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BHAGAVAD GITA PRELIMINARY To put it all on the table, I am a little nervous about reading this book. I am nervous about names, words, and phrases that I will come across and not understand. If something comes along that I do not comprehend, I either skip over it until I recognize something else, or I must re-read that word or phrase over and over again, consuming a lot of time and effort. But aside from my initial fears I am also a little excited about reading this book and hopefully learning about another faith and another culture. I was brought up Lutheran and attended a Catholic High School, and I have not really been exposed to other faiths. By reading the back cover of this book I expect this ‘story’ to be more of that than it is of a book of guidelines and rules to abide by. I just hope that my anxieties about the language and grammar will not stop me from understanding the larger message. OUTLINE AND COMMENTS 1: THE DESPONDENCY OF ARJUNA WHO is saying something ? -King Dhritarashtra – (the blind king of the Kauravas family) – he is asking his minister about the battle between his family and their rivals, the Pandavas -Sanjaya – (the kings minister) – tells the story of the battle as well as any dialogue. -Prince Duryodhana – expresses to the military teacher, Guru Drona, that their army seems weaker -Arjuna – (soldier) – speaks to Lord Shri Krishna and expresses how he does not want to fight and die but rather simply observe the battle from afar. When Krishna brings him away, Arjuna is saddened and heartbroken by seeing his family and relative fighting. Arjuna does not see how any good can come of battle, and he inwardly asks why can’t there be peace and serenity. He expresses the evil nature of killing someone and that people are better than this. He says that just because the others can’t see that it is wrong to kill someone that it doesn’t make it right to those who do know that it is wrong. He continues to express the larger wretchedness that comes about from fighting and killing. He says that it would be better for them to kill him when he is unarmed than him fighting and killing them. WHY it is being said -Being the first chapter in this book the message of disparity that Arjuna expresses is not totally clear. It is not astonishing to understand someone’s objection and disapproval of killing for simple pleasures. Arjuna simply sees the greater value in human life than he does of material possessions. I also do not think that Arjuna is saying these things to use his ‘get out of battle free card.’ The way that the story is told, Arjuna seems to have sincere feelings, that he really can’t understand the purpose. HOW it is being said
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course RLS 131 taught by Professor Uknown during the Spring '07 term at Rhode Island.

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