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Intro Religions Slide 17 Hinduism and violence

Intro Religions Slide 17 Hinduism and violence - Bhagavad...

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Bhagavad Gītā and Gandhi
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Bhagavad Gītā Background and Context “Song of our Lord” Epic Period (200 BCE – 200 CE) 1 st transmitted orally by bards (travelling story-tellers) for many years before it was written down in Sanskrit 6 th section of the Mahabharata (18 th chapter) (100,000 verses, 6x length of Bible) Sometimes called the 5 th Veda because of its strong influence on Hindu culture More widely read by the average Hindu than any other text
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Key characters in the Bhagavad Gītā Kurus / Kauravas v. Pandus / Pandavas See ‘simple’ genealogy chart Dhritarashtra = blind king – why? Context: our eyes spiritually opened through the teachings of Krishna Prince Duryodhana (bad guy, Kuru) “Sons of Dhritarashtra” Duryodhana and other “bad guys” Arjuna : “he whose crest is an ape, the son of Pandu” Good guy or bad guy? (Pandava, “good guy”) Also known as Partha, son of Kunti Krishna Also known as Hrishekesa, Blessed Lord Sanjaya – the narrator
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