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From: Bharadwaj, Jaganath (jbb0_at_nreca.org)
Date: Wed May 20 1998 - 11:25:30 PDT
Geetavataaram:- Arjuna was beset by grief because of lack of knowledge of the difference between the body and the soul. Yet, Arjuna was talking like one who understood the difference between the body and the soul, between what is right and what is wrong, standing between the two armies doing absolutely nothing (when he had come there to fight and the conches signalling commencement of battle had already been blown). The Supreme Lord and controller of the senses, Hrishikesa looked at Arjuna with an incredulous smile and did the Geeta Upadesam starting from Chapter 2 verse 12 until chapter 18 verse 66 (Sarva dharmaan parityajya maam ekam saraNam vraja I aham tvaa sarva paapEbhyo mokshayishyaami ma suchah: II). Even though Sri Krishna started speaking with verse 11 of chapter 2, this sloka is considered as part of the prelude, since it is a derisive sloka, which pulls the rug from under the feet of Arjuna's convictions, and forces him to pay attention. Derisive sloka:- "Arjuna! From your speech, it appears that you have knowledge about the difference between the body adn the sou. However, when you worry for the well being of Bhishma and others, it appears that you lack the discrimination between the body and the soul.", says Sri Krishna. If you enjoyed the above post please support Sri Ranganatha Temple which made this possible. Send your tax deductible check to Sri Ranganatha Temple. P O Box 120, West Nyack, NY 10994. or visit http://dileepan.busi.utc.edu/ahboard.html for monthly direct debits from your bank account. Please visit Sri Ranganatha Temple homepage at http://www.geocities.com/~ahobilam/ranga.html and enjoy the beauty of this archa avataram from the comfort of your home or office. adiyen wishes to thank his american colleagues at work who chipped in with useful synonyms which evaded adiyen's mind and which could not be found in the dictionary. adiyen jaganath. PS: Next episode - Start of the Geeta Upadesam by Sri Krishna.