Neti, Neti Part V – The Teachings of Krishna and the Bharat War

by Aranyakananda

It is hard for many to believe that on the battlefield of the Kurukshetra, right betwixt two massive armies raging for battle, Krishna and Arjuna sat down and had an 18-chapter heart-to-heart.

I am one of these people.

So, the teachings of the Gita were not given by Bhagavan Krishna?

I didn’t say that.

I think it is very possible that, like the Buddha, Lord Krishna was a prince or King who at some point in his spiritual development gave it all up, and may have had a ministry akin to that of the Christ. He probably preached the Gita all over India around the time of the Bharat War. His words may have much later been put down in writing, in the context of the Bharat War for dramatic effect.

The idea that Bhagavan Krishna walked away from his Kingdom could appear to be antithetical to dharma, of course, so that point is debatable. I am sure if this is how it all went down, that Krishna fulfilled his duty first, much like King Janaka, and Lahiri Mahasaya in their own respective journeys.

What say you?

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5 Responses to Neti, Neti Part V – The Teachings of Krishna and the Bharat War

  1. shrini says:

    Hello, first I want to commend you for this blog and the effort you have taken.
    About Krishna and the Gita: I think the entire gita would have been transmitted to Arjun in a fraction of a second. God doesn’t need language to communicate.
    And Krishna didn’t leave his kingdom. He was manifestation of Vishnu and came with a purpose as an avatar. Unlike Ram, Krishna knew consciously that he was an avatar.
    I will follow your blog frequently.
    Thanks. Love and peace.

    • treadmarkz says:

      I was just throwing that out there. And maybe you are right about the Gita being transferred by mind. My whole thing is that this whole 18-chapter conversation did not take place. Thank you for visiting, Shrini. Please feel free to add to these discussions I am initiating 🙂

  2. shrini says:

    Perhaps you are right and the conversation did not take place. Who knows? Its all a belief. I haven’t read the gita fully so I don’t know much. Your blog is interesting. I am learning a thing or two. Its inspiring. Thank you. Consider me a regular reader.

  3. shree says:

    it’s a good question you are putting out there.The thing is, does it firstly matter where Krishna said it, the importance is the message itself ain’t it?;)
    I will be writing an extensive post related to this topic “The Fallacy of Humanizing the Gods” at http://www.karuppar.com/blog/ .Bless

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