Object 1: Selected Verse from Bhagavad Gita

May 27, 2021


Bhagavad Gita is a Hindu Scripture containing 10 morals. In the verse a war is occurring and Arjuna sees his uncles and cousins. He questions himself the futility of victory as a warrior when his relatives would be dead. Krishna who’s considered God in human form intervenes giving Arjuna wisdom. Krishna stated wars exist in mind, hence winning against the mind is step one to achieving success in the battlefield and life. The knowledge of being a warrior and not fighting will define failure of his duty

This object enriches the exhibition since culture influences Arjuna’s knowledge and thus, the way Krishna shares it, helping Arjuna be a true warrior. Language is a medium used to pass knowledge existing in our communities to solve problems becoming essential to achieve success. For example, Rishi Sandipani, a Guru taught these teachings to Krishna, then passed to Arjuna’s life experiences in the war. Culture creates a context for social interaction determining how one can perceive and share knowledge. Culture enriched with morals is used as a mean of communicating wisdom known as knowledge. This wisdom is passed down as a valuable and culturally significant form of knowledge within a community of knowers.

This object links to the idea of community of knowers. I resonate with the knowledge of this moral as it is part of my culture and has helped me in sports. For example: tennis matches against an opponent who is my friend, doesn’t mean I will let them win. The opponent might be my friend outside the court but not in the match as my aim is to achieve success. Another example is the famous speech read at Chicago World’s Parliament of Religions in 1893, made Americans aware of Hinduism and relied on Bhagavad Gita as their central text. The Scripture took place in the religious culture 1960s, encouraging millions of people to form a new consciousness. Hence this moral became a general life lesson for everyone with different cultures. The ability to achieve the teachings gives us our own personality making us a better person.

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