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Unformatted text preview: W 3% WNW Chan/les- 233%3l WM From the Bhagavad Gita 8 1 “Explain more to me, father,” said Svetaketu. “So be it, my son. Place this salt in water and come to me tomorrow morning.” Svetaketu did as he was commanded, and in the morning his father said to him: “Bring me the salt you put into the water last night.” Svetaketu looked into the water, but could not find it, for it had dissolved. His father then said: “Taste the water from this side. How is it?” “It is salt.” “Taste it from the middle. How is it?” “It is salt.” “Taste it from that side. How is it?” “It is salt.” “Look for the salt again and come again to me.” The son did so, saying: “I cannot see the salt. I only see water.” His father then said: “In the same way, 0 my son, you cannot see the Spirit. But in truth he is here. An invisible and subtle essence is the Spirit of the whole universe. That is Reality. That is Truth. THOU ART THAT.” (6.12—14) From the Bhagavad Gita: Caste and Self The Bimgavad Gim‘f is the best-known work in Hindu religious liter- ature. It is part of a larger epic called the Mahdi;karate;r a story of two feuding families that may have had its origins in the Aryan inva- sion of 1500 B.C.E. The Bhagavad Gita is a philosophical interlude that interrupts the story just before the great battle between the two families. It poses some fundamental questions about the nature of life, death, and proper religious behavior. It begins as the leader of one of the battling armies, Arjuna, asks why he should fight his friends and relatives on the other side. The answer comes from none other than the god Krishna, who has taken the form of Arjuna’s charioteer. *BUH guh vahd GEE tuh lmah hah BAH rah rah Bhagavad Gita, trans. Barbara Stoler Miller (New York: Bantam Books, 1986), 31—34, 52, 86—87. ...
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