These examples suggest that scholars fail to examine the influence of the Bhagavad-gita
on Indian writing in English.
, a Hindu sacred text, takes us into real-life situations, a real battlefield, to understand this paradox: how to act so that our life becomes a prayer, a ritual, a means to harmony.
The well-known Catholic monk and writer Thomas Merton called the Bhagavad-gita
(also called the Gitopanisad) "the main literary support for the great religious civilization of India, the oldest surviving culture in the world.
The Song of God: Bhagavad-Gita
(Hollywood: Vedanta Press, 1969), 40.
Bagger,'' from Steven Pressfield's book, has vague references to the sacred Hindu text the Bhagavad-Gita
, which tells of a prince who loses his nerve on the eve of a battle.
It was Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb, who, after the detonation of the first atomic bomb at the Trinity site in New Mexico, declared, citing the Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita
, "I have become death, the shatterer of worlds.
Reading the Bhagavad-Gita
he was "moved to find passages written about 500 B.
Francis's famous prayer, beside The Dhammapada, the Bhagavad-Gita
, and the work of Shankara.
In the Bhagavad-Gita
, Lord Krishna says to Arjuna, `I am the cause of all causes.
Again, the Bhagavad-Gita
teaches: "Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of self-surrender.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, besides Gayatri Mantra, the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, also read from Bhagavad-Gita
(Song of the Lord), Upanishads and Rig-Veda (oldest existing scripture of mankind) during his "benediction" on the occasion.
Born to Brahman parents in 1920 in a village near Bombay, Athavale became a respected teacher of the Bhagavad-Gita
, a sacred text of Hinduism that emphasizes passionate devotion to God.
He has stated that Bhagavad-Gita
is a great source of wisdom for the people of India and the world.
The movement also has a chain of vegetarian restaurants and a publishing operation, Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, which produces translations of Hinduism's most sacred text, the 5,000-year-old Bhagavad-gita
, or Song of God.
Another Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita
says: All those who follow the spiritual path are blessed.