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As I dig into my practice more and more, deeper each day. My duty and dharma become clear. I am here to serve, even as a teacher it's through service that I am considered such. We are all teachers and I learn something new from everyone I meet. I am always a student seeking more knowledge, understanding, and wisdom through practice and service.
I created this to serve as a tool for your practice. Like a mala reminding us of our true nature, the self, and of the great ancient texts sharing with us the greatest gift of knowledge.
Use this however you wish, read it once, read it many times, read a verse, and meditate on the words. This is what I do with the ancient text. Understanding requires contemplation and an unbiased outlook of life. To let go of the 21st-century cultural thought filled with desire and lust. Consumed by greed and anger when those are not fulfilled. Grief burns deep and so we fight fire with fire hoping to right the wrong or just out of pure anguish.
The Bhagavad Gita is a chapter within the Mahabharata. It's a great story in India's history about the Pandavas (good guys) and the Kauravas (bad guys). There is a great battle between the two families, and it's important to note that they were related. The Pandavas' father was the rightful era to the kingdom because his brother was blind. However, Pando, the father decided to retreat to the forest with his wives and so the blind king became ruler.
When Pando died Kunti the eldest wife as the other died with Pando returned to the kingdom with Pandos five sons. From their grandfather to the very last citizen everyone loved the Pandavas and their virtuous qualities. Except for one, the blind kings firstborn, and soon he had two other great warriors at his side and in hatred acted maliciously to the 5 Pandava brothers for their entire lives.
They tried to poison them, steal their wealth, anything they could do to get rid of them. The Pandavas were the rightful eras to the kingdom but the firstborn on the Kauravas side felt he was the rightful king.
Being family and as righteous as the Pandavas were not wanting to create conflict they decided to split the kingdom. That still didn't stop the Kauravas prince. He schemed a plan that would force the Pandavas to be exiled for 13 years and steal their kingdom. Upon returning from the forest finishing the exile terms, all they wanted was to be back in their own kingdom. However, the prince would not give it back and his father the king always felt obliged to please his son even knowing his son was foolish, evil and he was the king so he could have given it back and stopped his son but didn't despite elder advice.
This forced a war, and even as the war began the Pandavas pleaded for peace begging for only one village each. The prince would not budge. It was destiny it seemed and having Krishna at their side driving Arjunas chariot their victory was sure to be had.
On the day of the battle, Arjuna the 3rd born on the Pandava side and Krishna's friend rode onto the battlefield. Arjuna looking at his grandfather, cousins, great kings, warriors, friends, and family on both sides all fighting out of dharma their duty as warriors to be victorious or die a true warriors death and rising spiritually to the heavens. Everyone except the prince on the Kauravas side knew that they would die with Krishna and Arjuna as enemies. They all knew the Kaurava prince was evil and yet out of their stubbornness to follow the duty of the mind rather than what was right in their spirit the war began in sorrow. Only the blind king could stop it and he sat at his throne doing nothing. Even the grandfather, The great Bhishma (Dharma God himself) did nothing to stop it and lead the army against the Pandavas his grandchildren he loved more than the Kauravas.
Arjuna was so saddened about having to slay his family and friends that he dropped in his chariot asking Krishna, the supreme being of all things his advice, guidance, and wisdom. Filled with doubts Krishna told arjuna everything about life and shared with him his true appearance as the supreme being. This is how the Bhagavad Gita begins and where this guide I have written originated.
I have selected these different verses as they spoke to me as a warrior offering me peace from my past actions and memories. Feel free to send me any questions or ask for clarification. This is my duty and I will gladly share what I know the best way that I can.
I wish you peace, love, happiness, joy, and forgiveness as you move through your life!
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OM Shanti Shanti Shanti
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