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Old 03-07-2004, 12:06 AM   #1
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The Bhagavad Gita

A very dear man suggested that I read The Bhagavad Gita, which I am currently doing. I am finding it an amazingly gentle, peaceful, beautiful book. Unlike most religious books I have read, this book, quite frankly, doesn't tick me off.

I suppose my opinions of these are coloured by my upbringing, but I never have been able to accept the Bible, for instance, as anything more than a general guide for leading a decent life. I was raised in a Methodist household, but never felt comfortable in the church. I also went to a Catholic High School and then a Catholic college for a couple years, then finished my Bachelor's degree at a Quaker college. I stopped going to regular church services when I was 16, only going to the services I was required to by the college I was attending at the time.

Anyway, I don't mean to disparage anyone else's belief, just wanted to illustrate how amazed I am by my reaction to the Gita. (I honestly didn't expect this reaction. I mostly began reading it to help me understand the lyrics of man who recommended it to me -- he's a singer/songwrighter.) I love what I see as a less punitive, more kind, parent and child relationship between supreme being and the creation of such being. I find I am drawn to the idea that this being has not only created all, but is also present in every creature, every item. I am drawn to the belief that if I don't quite "get it right" in this life that I will have another chance to work on it. That even a little goodness is a step in the right direction.

Anyway I was just wondering what others thought of the Gita. Thanks.

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I read the Gita a long time ago. While I have become happy with my adoptive faith, Catholicism, I recall the Gita as a profound and moving book. It's well worth reading no matter what your religion is. My own younger sister gets alot of her spiritual guidance from it. It's a great book.

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The Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads...

5th chapter, Verse 7

yoga-yukto visuddhatma vijitatma jitendriyah
sarva-bhutatma-bhutatma kurvann api na lipyate
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