The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War

Author note: Barbara Stoler Miller (Translator)

The Bhagavad-Gita has been a vital textual content of Hindu tradition in India because the time of its composition within the first century A.D.

One of the good classics of global literature, it has encouraged such varied thinkers as Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Eliot; so much lately, it shaped the center of Peter Brook's celebrated construction of the Mahabharata.

About the Translator
Until her loss of life in 1993, Barbara Stoler Miller used to be Samuel R. Mil- financial institution Professor of Asian and heart jap Cultures at Barnard university, Columbia collage. a number one translator of Sanskrit liter- ature and good versed in Indian tune and paintings, Dr. Miller edited and translated various works of poetry and drama.

Her translations in- clude Love tune of the darkish Lord, a verse translation and learn of the medieval Indian non secular erotic poem Gitagovinda, and Yoga: self-discipline of Freedom, a translation of the Yoga Sutra attributed to Patanjali. Dr. Miller studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Barnard university and held a doctorate in Sanskrit and Indic reports from the college of Pennsylvania. She taught at Barnard for twenty-five years.

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What use to us are kingship, delights, or life itself? 32 We sought kingship, delights, and pleasures for the sake of those assembled to abandon their lives and fortunes in battle. qxd 4/1/04 7:29 AM Page 28 28 the first teaching They are teachers, fathers, sons, and grandfathers, uncles, grandsons, fathers and brothers of wives, and other men of our family. 34 I do not want to kill them even if I am killed, Krishna; not for kingship of all three worlds, much less for the earth! 35 What joy is there for us, Krishna, in killing Dhritarashtra’s sons?

15 He who fails to keep turning the wheel here set in motion wastes his life in sin, addicted to the senses, Arjuna. 16 But when a man finds delight within himself and feels inner joy and pure contentment in himself, there is nothing more to be done. 17 He has no stake here in deeds done or undone, nor does his purpose depend on other creatures. 18 Always perform with detachment any action you must do; performing action with detachment, one achieves supreme good. qxd 4/1/04 7:29 AM Page 46 46 the third teaching Janaka and other ancient kings attained perfection by action alone; seeing the way to preserve the world, you should act.

14 Krishna blew Pancajanya, won from a demon; Arjuna blew Devadatta, a gift of the gods; fierce wolf-bellied Bhima blew Paundra, his great conch of the east. 15 Yudhishthira, Kunti’s son, the king, blew Anantavijaya, conch of boundless victory; his twin brothers Nakula and Sahadeva blew conches resonant and jewel toned. 16 The king of Benares, a superb archer, and Shikhandin on his great chariot, Drishtadyumna, Virata, and indomitable Satyaki, all blew their conches. 17 Drupada, with his five grandsons, and Subhadra’s strong-armed son, each in his turn blew their conches, O King.

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