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Bhagavad Gita for Schools

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The Bhagavad Gita is a book of Pluralism


Bhagavad Gita is synthesis of many ways to think of God & many ways to reach God

The early Upanishadic philosophies taught that the underlying reality of the universe to be ‘Brahman’ and of the essential nature of the individual as Atman (Self) . The Bhagavad Gita synthesises these ideas and incorporates the idea of a personalised God with form and attributes. The Gita synthesises many different approaches in spirituality. The attribute-less Brahman modifies itself and takes on attributes to become a personalised God. The popularity of the Bhagavad Gita is based on the fact that it advocates comprehensive pluralism. Pluralism means: Utimate reality can be thought of and approach in a variety of different ways.  God can be thought of as a principle that underpins everything including all living things. God can be reached through knowledge, action, devotion or meditation. As we are all highly individualistic the method we adopt for making spiritual progress will reflect our individual preferences.  This essential freedom we all have in making spiritual progress should not be sacrificed, teaches the Bhagavad Gita



Renunciation is the key requirement for making spiritual progress  teaches the Bhagavad Gita. It advises us to work, but to act in a selfless manner.  It advises us to give up minor things in life so that we can achieve the greatest reward for mankind, God. We have to be vigilant and continue to see ourselves as the witness to everything and not get caught up with what is being witnessed. Renunciation does not mean running away from one’s duties, but carrying out one’s duties in a spirit of detachment.




Vishvarupa ~ God in everything


Brahman ~ The spirit manifesting as everything

Sri Krishna shows himself to Arjun in his cosmic form, Vishvarupa, which depicts the idea that God can be thought of and approached through many different forms. It can also interpreted to mean that it is same Brahman or the spirit that manifests as everything and as everyone. Seeing God in everything and everyone is considered to be the most comprehensive God-experience in Hinduism.


Devotion to God as a personality

The Gita teaches that the essential nature of man is the spirit, Atman. Mankind is the clearest manifestation of God on earth. At the same time, the Gita also makes it clear that for most of us, the way to progress spiritually may be through worship and adoration of a personal God. Sri Krishna says that this is the easiest pathway to follow, as the tool we are using for making spiritual progress love of God  is both the path and the destination, God.
























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