The Bhagavad-Gita is significant as a scriptural form in that it contains the idea of revelation occurring through incarnation. God (Visnu) incarnates himself in the human form of Krishna, a prince and chariot driver, to teach people divine truth. (Symbolized by Arjuna, the warrior whose chariot Krishna drives) The story of The Bhagavad-Gita is start with Krishna joins Arjuna on the eve of battle between two related dynasties, the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Arjuna sees his own relatives on both opposing sides and is full of anxiety. Disguised as his charioteer, Krishna explains how one should follow one’s calling in life and for Arjuna this is as a warrior.
Journal Articles Badian, E. “Alexander the Great, 1948-67.” The Classical World 65, 2 (October 1971): 37-56. Database on-line. Available from JSTOR: Journal Storage. This article explores Badian’s notions of “Alexander the Dreamer.” He proposes that Alexander’s childhood upbringing made him become a dreamer wanting immorality in the form of being a god. Alexander had many goals he wanted to achieve, one being to conquer the ancient world.
The Great Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh talks about an actual historical figure, a king named Gilgamesh who w reigned over Sumerian city-state of Uruk around 2700 B.C. He was wise and mighty. However, because of his tyranny, gods created his counterpart, Enkidu, to stand up to Gilgamesh. After their meeting and combatting, they finally became close friends. Together with Enkidu, Gilgamesh killed the Bull of Heaven and overthrew Humbaba in the cedar forest.
The religious and political conflicts faced by him and his family deeply affected Rushdie. His novel marked the beginning of a new era for Indian English novels both in India and abroad and is being regarded as the foundational text of post colonialism. The reason for the popularity of Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is to be found in its unique style. Finally there appeared an Indian writer who told the story, the way it should be told and who did not write about village life and social ills. Rushdie added
Bankim highlights that the role of Krishna in Kurukshetra war is of crucial significance as the war of Kurukshetra and Bhagavad Gita (one of the most prominent philosophical and religious treatises of Hindu religion) presents the true nature of Krishna. The Krishna of Kurukshetra is not just another mythologized figure, but a historically real person, who was a great political figure and spiritual leader. For Bankim, the heroic figure of Krishna was necessary to meet the urgent needs of his compatriots and to instil a sense of responsibility and pride in the colonised Indians. This “original Krishna” according to Bankim, was not a symbol of sexuality, sensuality and emotionalism, who was more interested in love than war. He replaced the erotic
Gilgamesh is an epic hero because of his circumstances as a two-third god and one-third human and his journey included gods and goddesses match with the characteristics of the epic hero. The journey of an epic hero generally includes gods and goddess because most epic hero is blessed by them. Gilgamesh’s journey is also a “grail quest: the quest for human perfection” (Hillsborough Community College). His first journey is to kill Humbaba with Enkidu because he aspires to prove his strength to so that he can gain admiration among his people. His second journey is a quest to acquire immorality so that he can bring Enkdiu back to life and he will also live an
Naipaul, one of the most noteworthy contemporary English writers, is a creation of a post imperialist society, and is also representative of rootlessness and displacement. In an article, Sneha Gupta remarks on his life in a nutshell as follows: “Of Indian descent, born in Trinidad and educated in England, Naipaul has been placed as a rootless nomad in the cultural world, always on a voyage to find his identity” (306). He was raised in a Hindu cultural background, the influences of which can be seen in many of his works. Even in A House for Mr. Biswas, there is an abundance of descriptions on how Hindus conduct various religious ceremonies for different occasions. As readers, we learn that Hindus are highly conservative, traditional and religious, and are very particular about their religious and cultural beliefs, even when they are not in their native land.
Peace And Inspiration At The Sabarmati Ashram The beautiful country India has had its share of dark days. The nation’s struggle for freedom made it to the pages of world history. And then there were some great personality who played crucial roles in the nation’s freedom story; and whose heart wrenching struggles and sacrifices finally gave the independence to the country. The nation will forever be grateful to them and their names are forever engraved in golden letters in the pages of history. One such name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi, as he is more popularly referred to as.
Prologue Born to a middle class Brahman family I grew up listening to the epic stories of the Lord Ramayana, Mahabharata, stories from Upanishads, the epic battle between gods and demons, I always questioned myself about the authenticity of these stories. Somewhere in my heart I knew that in one way or another all these stories had some connection with the modern world. By the time I started critically analysing all these stories which at some point of time made no sense to me started forming a pattern, like a web of knowledge that surrounds our world, as if they were dots that were connected by the modern day education and breakthroughs in science and technology. I started thinking to myself; what if the modern human civilization had not discovered anything but just rediscovered everything. By profession I am a management
India- a beautiful, bountiful, culturally gifted and intellectually adept country that has gradually lost its sheen over the centuries. If, as 21st centuries youngsters we are able to see and enjoy so much of this beautiful nation then what, initially, must have this country possessed to have ended up after thousands and thousands of years with so much in store for us. Being the oldest civilisation on earth The Indus Valley civilisation taught the world planning, architecture, culture and quality of life. Then what is currently the problem of our country and why are people so focussed on talking about what we fell short on.? Why are people so focussed on what we didn't do with our population and not talking about what we did with this gigantic