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The correct interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita
[Last update: 16th August 2017]
Part 1 (12th August 2016)
I have read or studied the Bhagavad Gita several times not only in the German language but also in Tamil and also by various “authors / translators”. The Tamil version if translated directly from Sanskrit has more originality of the content compared to the original as it might not be possible in another language. If you have already translated texts into another language you will rather understand what I am talking about. The next to last sentence should not imply that I am powerful of Sanskrit but many terms are also part of the Tamil language. When I read the German version for example, I notice that this does not reflect the original content. There is also a temporal distance to the original. Unfortunately no one has ever succeeded in translating the Gita into our current time at the least not one of the translation / explanation / interpretation which I have already read or studied. We start with the issue of the caste system so that at last this is corrected. The caste system is nothing more than that it has classified the people in various fields of expertise. Please note that the focus is on the word expertise! It has always been usual in the Western and Eastern world as it was until recently or perhaps still partly exists that the knowledge of a family trade has always been transmitted from one generation to the next. God will never divide people into different classes so one can infer that some are less or more worth than the others. In this regard he will never differ culture, sex or other classifying features. He also does not differ between the different life-forms. Before I write more about the Gita or anything else I would like to set the record straight. As I already wrote in one of my posts, it is important that one is clear about concepts (definition of words).
Part 2 (14th August 2017)
Krishna as a charioteer for Arjunan in the battle at Kurukshetra. What other message does this action also have? The personification of God standing on the side of the good and at the same time symbolizes his action, the absolute truth about the action of God. He is the only guider in the entire universe and beyond. Here one should ask, what would happen with the chariot, if there are two or more charioteers. Then all the other questions about different Gods, especially in the Hinduism, where there are different4 Gods who have descended to earth, are superfluous. Perhaps one should understand which meanings these terms Kadavul (கடவுள்1), Iraivan (இறைவன்1), Pursuhan (புருஷன்1) etc. also have, then one will find out, that this is not to be confused with the highest (Lord), but nevertheless they still belongs to. This is not a contradiction. Here also the term Atma2 (ஆன்மா) helps to understand it better.
Regardless of the above reconnaissance, everyone in the Kali-Yuga should be aware that the wonderful personalities like Karnan or Bheesmha had to leave their lives in the battle for Kurukshetra just because they were on the side of evil3. They will all be back in the Kali-Yuga, but those who are exiled in the Kali-Yuga will not experience rebirths, only the infinite suffering for the infinity. This is an important message!
Part 3 (16th August 2017, Divine intervention and fate)
In our B2B-era, the understanding of fate has fallen into forgetfulness. Most of the people thinks first on actions of some caused by mechanization rather than the divine intervention. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a good explanation even in the Hindu scriptures5, so I will explain this in detail.
Unfortunately, many still misunderstand it, even many authors who has dealt with Hinduism have not understood this correctly. Fate is not equated with the term determinism. There is also a passage (see point 2) in the Gita that indirectly has to do with fate, which also needs an explanation.
Fate is explained by Hinduism as follows: Fate is caused by one own’s actions (karma). Karma are all acts from one’s earlier births up to the current hour. This, in turn, means that it opens or closes the paths for future events. In other words, there are certain degrees of freedom. One can look at the technical definition of the word degrees of freedom, and then apply it to fate, then one will find that fate should be not confused with determinism. Determinism forces an intelligent being, like the human beings, to have no free will, but this is not the case. Of course, people are manipulated in our new B2B-era by mechanization so that it has only the appearance of a free will – but this is a separate topic.
The devilish intervention in the free will, will not be relevant for the filtering in the Kali-Yuga, similar to the legal law. Whether someone pushes (kills) someone into death just because someone is mentally ill, is necessary for the weighting of the punishment through the legal law, but one will nevertheless have to pay for that actions. Likewise, the filtering in the Kali-Yuga will be. The weighting takes place only in the hell. The deep-frying before is only a pre-taste and for posterity.
Point 2: In the Gita, Krishna tells that he (personification of God) is the driving force in everything and everyone. Now many ask one selves when he is the driving force, how can the devil exist? This is not a contradiction, it is a confirmation of the existing degrees of freedom and its resulting free will. Even in the devilish, God will be the driving force in which he partly sets signs in the free actions of the devils and their helpers, without this being neither conscious nor beneficial for them. No, the opposite is the case. The end for the devils and their helpers is sealed. Any action or the non-action makes it only worse and speeds up the reaching of the end.
Another interesting thing from Hinduism. In the early time, there were some ascetics, who could go through walls6. Now one or the other will start to laugh. No, there is no reason for that. Anyone who has dealt with physics7 and probability theory knows that this possibility physically exists in the probability space – but this in turn is a separate topic. One must understand what atoms and their further segmentations are in the microscopic world of quantum, then one will soon find out that even a solid matter is not really solid 😉.
1 Unfortunately, the definition in the wiktionary is not complete. I have not found an online dictionary (அகராதி) yet, where it is complete.
2 The section “early Buddhism” in the article about Atma does not correspond to the real historical course. Many interpretations were adapted over the time by people, partly as it was right to them (mostly in a egocentric view). This was the case in all religions, because religions in those times had particularly the function to serve the cohesion of a society, just like a constitution of a constitutional democracy has now assumed the role in the time of modernity.
3 Don’t confuse this context, with the contexts in my other articles.
4 In Hinduism, the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) seem to be divided at first sight in their function. Shiva and Vishnu are identical. This is also the case in the Vedas. The different names (and their functions) are used as synonyms, and the naming of HariHara illustrates this best. Brahma was the first being, symbolized by the umbilical cord. Brahma was sprouted from the umbilical cordus Vishnu’s (≡ Shiva’s). It should be clear to everyone that one first must create the administration (Brahma, Devar, etc.) before one create the rest, up to the simple people. Murugan is identical to Shiva, as is with Vinayaghar. Lastly, Shakthi (or Parvathy), the better half of Shivas. Shakthi is part of Shivas, so there is only one source, namely Shiva (≡ Vishnu).
5 With scriptures I do not mean directly the scriptures like the Gita or the Vedas, only the interpretations and commentaries that such a work needs, so that it can be understood by everyone.
6 The secret services of the United States of America knew all this, see also:
- Cold War Leaks – Geheimnisvolles und Geheimdienstliches aus dem Kalten Krieg (Telepolis), EAN: 9783944099576, Format: EPUB, [only in German language]
[Translation of the headline: Cold War Leaks – Mysterious and secrets of the secret services from the cold war]
7 At the age of 12/13 years, I originally wanted to study physics to become an astronaut. This was the motivation why I had already dealt with physics and astrophysics in the early years.