A distraught man's conversation with God.
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Translation by Richard Lawrence
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Copyright 2014 Richard Lawrence
The Bhagavad Gita, the Song of God, composed over 2000 years ago, is the story of a man's dilemma during a family feud. In the middle of impending violence, he is desperately confused about whether he should participate in the bloodshed. God, in the form of his charioteer, explains the nature of life to this distraught archer, eventually extinguishing his fears. And as a witness to this conversation, we the audience receive insight into our own existence, and develop an understanding of the world and our place within it.
The old blind king asks of his servant: What is happening in the field of battle, where my sons and nephews gather to fight?
His servant, gifted with divine vision, replies: I see your eldest son approaching his teacher of warfare, remarking, "Although many great warriors fill the ranks of my cousins' army, our army is greater." Then, as to instill confidence, the eldest of the clan roars like a lion, followed by a blast of his horn, signaling a readiness for battle, setting off a clangor of horns and drums from the entire army.