Sunday October 22, 2017

Is Bhagavad Gita a violent book?


Nithin Sridhar

Is Bhagavad Gita a violent book? Lord Meghnad Desai, the economist and professor emeritus at the London School of Economics, seems to think so.

While speaking on the topic ‘Gandhiji`s views on violence’ during the 12th Prof Ramlal Parikh Memorial Lecture organized by Indian Society for Community Education in Ahmedabad, he is reported to have said: Gandhiji`s endorsement of Bhagvad Gita, whose end outcome is that ultimately everybody should go out and kill everybody. Mahabharata war, if taken literally, was similar to a holocaust.”

In other words, Gita promotes mindless violence and along with Mahabharata propagates holocaust, according to Lord Desai.

The statement is not only objectionable, but is also highly incorrect and misleading. But, before proceeding further, it must be added that Lord Desai is not the first person to make such shallow claims.

Wendy Doniger, an American scholar of Hinduism, who has become well-known for distortions and perversions of Hindu symbols, had once spoken about Gita thus: “The Bhagavad Gita is not as nice a book as some Americans think…Throughout the Mahabharata … Krishna goads human beings into all sorts of murderous and self-destructive behaviors such as war…. The Gita is a dishonest book …

Thus, these mindless attacks against Bhagavad Gita is not at all new. But, nevertheless, the incorrectness of these assertions must be called out each time such assertions are made.

The very first thing that Lord Desai fails to do is to examine Gita on its own terms. Gita is basically a book on Dharma, a term, which actually does not as such mean religion. Dharma means ‘that which upholds’ the universe as well as each being in the Universe. In the context of humans, Dharma refers to duty and righteousness. Thus, Gita contains the teachings of Lord Krishna on human duties and righteousness.

In other words, Lord Krishna does not goad human beings to commit ‘murderous behaviors’ as alleged by Wendy Doniger nor does Mahabharata endorse holocaust, as alleged by Lord Desai. Instead, Gita only asks people to practice their duties and never to abandon them. But, Arjuna, to whom Lord Krishna had revealed Gita, was a Kshatriya (Warrior). He was from a Royal family and thus his duty was to fight in a war for justice, righteousness, and protection of kingdom. Lord Krishna only asked Arjun to fulfill his duties without running away from them.

That, Mahabharata does not endorse mindless war is further established by the fact that the Pandavas and Krishna made their best attempts to avoid a war. Duryodhana not only refused to give half the kingdom which rightfully belonged to the Pandavas, he completely rejected their demand for granting at least five villages so that he can live peacefully. Only when Duryodhana refused to mend his ways and continued to act unjustly and unrighteously that Pandavas decided to wage a war. Mahabharata, thus, was a righteous war waged to end injustice and unrighteous rule.

It is true that any war results in hundreds of thousands of deaths. But that in itself does not make war bad. The kind of pacifism and total non-violence advocated by some people is not only impractical, if it is implemented it would be disastrous. If a nation or a society does not maintain armed forces for ensuring security of its citizens, then such a nation is always under the threat of being annexed by powerful nations and societies. This is not mere conjecture. It is well established in history, how powerful nations always conquer weaker nations.

It is keeping this in mind that Hindu scriptures, including Gita never prescribe pacifism. It is also to be noted that at an individual level, total non-violence is only possible when people completely overcome their desires. Because, desires ultimately lead to exertion to fulfill them and this almost always is accompanied by some form of violence. Further, the inability of a person to acquire the object of his desire will lead to frustration, which again leads to violence. Thus, Hinduism prescribes total non-violence only to the renunciates, who have already transcended their desires. And for all others, it preaches righteous means for fulfilling desires that involves the least possible violence.

The fact that Lord Desai or Hinduism scholars like Doniger have made such sweeping statements about Mahabharata without understanding these nuances, actually casts serious doubts about their scholarships and motives.

The Bhagavad Gita is a beautiful text which, not only imparts teachings of the highest truth and ideals, but also imparts practical instructions regarding how to inculcate those ideals and attain the highest truth.

Most importantly, Gita is not a manual of dry philosophy, preaching unattainable and impractical ideals like pacifism, which in practice will have catastrophic effects on people, society, and nation. Instead, it teaches people to follow their Swadharma– duties and righteousness- that would slowly take them to the highest truth. (Photo:


  1. It is even more. Before saying the final word, we need to be aware of the PLACE of the Bhagavadgita in the Mahabharata – VI Book (Parva). The holy speach of Krishna is performed just after the Book of Preparation (V Parva) when everything has been made to prevent the war, even Krishna wanted to make peace… So in such a condition, a yogi-warrior needs to fight in order to uphold dharma (together with his God-Master)…


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Hindu Epic Mahabharata Offers Answers to Psychiatric Issues: India Medical Association (IMA) President

Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Dr. KK Aggarwal said Lord Krishna was the first and the most celebrated counselor.

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Lord Krishna delivering his teachings in Mahabharata. Wikimedia Commons
  • Dr. KK Aggarwal says that Lord Krishna in the true sense was the first and the most celebrated counselor in the most revered Hindu text called as Mahabharata
  • He talks at large about the teachings of Lord Krishna in his write-up titled “Psychotherapy in the time of the Vedas”
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New Delhi, July 28, 2017: The Hindu epic Mahabharata is a source pointing back to earliest findings of psychiatric dimensions and offers many answers, says Dr. KK Aggarwal, President of India Medical Association (IMA).

“Lord Krishna was the first and the most celebrated counselor in the history of events”, quotes Dr. KK Aggarwal in his write-up for The Equator Line magazine’s latest issue ‘Cobwebs Inside Us’, which deals with mental health. It mentions how a brilliant warrior once overcame his dilemma and conquered the infamous battle of Mahabharata, with the help of the teachings of Lord Krishna. His teachings are all accumulated in the 700 verses worth of scripture, popularly known as Bhagavad Gita.

At a time when there were no psych drugs or mental-health professionals, the Sanskrit epic seems to have offered a few answers to ancient Indians, he says in his write-up titled “Psychotherapy in the time of the Vedas”.

According to Dr. KK Aggarwal during the times of Vedic institutions, the antidepressants did not exist but it was a time when “bucolic environment – woods running along the river banks, deer prancing around, peacocks strutting close to the courtyard – had its own way of healing the bruised mind”.

He further commented on the medical treatments in today’s time differ from people to people, there is an assortment of drugs that nourishes the mental health; but during the ancient time, the Vedic approach to mental health was focused on controlling the mind, intellect, and ego.

“Lord Shiva presents a very Vedic way of anger management. Whenever you are filled with resentment, store the negative thoughts in your throat. After some time, think about the issue at hand with a cool mind,” he writes.

In the article ‘Of the mind and its maladies’, AIIMS psychiatrists Dr Rajesh Sagar and Dr Ananya Mahapatra write: “The future demands scaling up of a wide variety of interventions, ranging from public awareness, early identification, treatment of acute illness, family education, long-term care, rehabilitation, reintegration into society, ensuring of human rights of the ill persons, and efforts to reduce the prevalent stigma and discrimination against these patients.”

Among other contributors to the edition- psychiatrist Dr. Sanjay Chugh, former G B Pant Hospital CMO Dr. Reshma Hingorani, psychologist Pallav Bonerjee and Bollywood scriptwriter Sumeet Panigrahi.

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Outsourcing Lectures of Hindu Holy Text Bhagavad Gita on Indian Diaspora in Jamaica (NYC)

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Bhagavad Gita, Wikimedia

New Delhi, May 6, 2017: The Bhagavad-gita is a discussion between Arjuna, a powerfully talented warrior going into a fight, and Krishna, his charioteer. Over the span of addressing Arjuna all way of otherworldly and material counsel, Krishna clarifies karma, the self, the Supreme Self, the motivation behind yoga, the contrast between our self and our material body, how our condition influences our awareness, and how to accomplish the flawlessness of life.

The Gita shows up as a focal part of the Mahabharata, the historical backdrop of more noteworthy India. It is the quintessence of Vedic information and a standout amongst the most critical books of Vedic writing.

Shrimad Bhavagad Gita Lecture and Discussion by Swami Aksharananda is going to be held on 26-28 May at Shri Surya Narayan Mandir, 92-17 172nd Street, Jamaica, NY 11433.

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A scandalous Pastor in US defames Bhagavad Gita as ‘Demonic’

Pastor Steven Anderson, a scandalous American Fundamentalist parson of the 'Faithful Word Baptist Church’ is a conniver in condescending ‘Hinduism’ the oldest religion in the world, – Demonic and not only did he vilifies the creed of Hindus but labeled the Lord of Hinduism as the Satan.

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Bhagavad Gita, Wikimedia

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A notorious American Fundamentalist preacher named Steven Anderson of the ‘Faithful Word Baptist Church’ in Arizona arrived in Trinidad with the utter rationale to pester the Hindu Community. This man has brazenly blasphemed Lord Krishna as “Satan” and vilified both the Bhagavad Gita in particular and Hinduism in a broad-spectrum.

The church has also been designated as an Anti-gay hate group. Anderson once cited that homosexuals, if judged according to the Law of Moses, should be put to death. Further examples of his violence are a number of confrontations with police in several states in which he was the aggressor.

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In August 2009, the church received nationwide attention when Anderson stated in a sermon that he was praying for the death of then-President Barack Obama.


Extracts from one of his addressing…”Hindus are tough to reach, but it is possible. I ran into several people down in Guyana, including Pastor Ram Angad, who were raised Hindu but ended up getting saved. Hindus need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They need to be told that it’s Heaven or Hell, not reincarnation. They need to realize that Jesus Christ is the one true God and put their faith in him alone for salvation.”

According to the Baptist Church Pastor, Hinduism has been the cause of stagnancies in India and it hauls people down. It edifies that whatever station is one born into, he or she is fated to be stuck there perpetually. There are about one billion Hindus in India, and the entire race is on their way to hell. Almost one out of 7 people in the world subscribe to Hinduism which the preacher calls a bogus creed.

Shiva (God of snakes) is believed to be the lord of the universe, sometimes also known as the creator, transformer, and protector of the universe. One of the factions amongst the followers of Lord Shiva’s is the ones betrothed in Postmortem rituals – known as ‘the Aghoris’. Many of the Aghoris stroll around naked representing their true human form detaching themselves from the mortals; through this, they surpass the feelings of love, hatred, jealousy and pride.

…“that’s savage, that’s uncivilized, that’s demonic, that’s wicked”,  Anderson maligned the Aghoris while addressing to the public at Baptist Church.

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The Hindus worship idols of their choice and visit the temple to display the devotion and offer prayer to their god. This man nevertheless condemns Idol worshipping in Hinduism as synonymous to worshipping of devils, saying that worshiping idols made out of silver, gold, copper is a gesture of worshipping the devil.

What bothers him is the hybridization of Hinduism sacred customs with Christianity, for instance, Yoga has now been adopted by many western countries and the sacred syllable ‘OM’ is enchanted universally. Fencing the traditions of Hindus, Steven apprised that any assertion with Hinduism will pave a way towards the gateway to hell.


Bhagavad Gita, a narrative form of discourse between Arjuna, a Pandava prince and Krishna, his mentor and charioteer written in Sanskrit illuminate people about the conception of Dharma, Bhakti, Karma and Yogic ideals.

Reincarnation, the precept of Indian credence is that the soul (Atman) is reborn in a new body time and time again to grow and mature through all the experiences human life has to offer. A soul will learn new things each moment in time and work through its karma. Eventually, every soul reaches salvation by realizing its oneness with god and is no longer reborn. For the Hindus do not believe in Satan or eternal hell.

…“Death doesn’t matter, so killing isn’t a big deal. (It’s just like changing clothes)“ – the elucidation by the conspiring Pastor running down reincarnation as stated by Bhagwat Geeta.

Self Realization (Atma-jnana), in Hindu religion, is the acquaintance with the true self beyond the materialistic pleasures and ego recognition. Hinduism describes the self as the indweller of the body – he is the seer, the perceiver, the enjoyer, the witness and the lord of all the organs of the body. The body cannot survive without its conscious self.

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…”You can’t be the god or merge with god, this is a satanic teaching. Lucifer, who tried to be the highest, was a demon indeed. Men do not merge with god, that’s blasphemous.” – an added vilification of the conniver.

Karma is the terminology of Hinduism which explicates a system where positive effects are consequential out of the past good deeds and harmful effects are derived from past bad deeds thus crafting a system of actions and reactions throughout a soul’s reincarnated lives. Hindus produces Karma in four ways, through thoughts, through right attitude words, through actions and through others who work under our instruction.

…”Karma gives you the false hope that if you do good deeds, you will not be damned” – repudiation by Pastor on Karma.

Hinduism vs Christianity – An Irrational endeavor

The sole intention of the Baptist Church preacher is to draw parallelism with Christianity as against other religions, and Hinduism to be more specific. The scandalous member of the clergy has started a YouTube series where he is thriving people to detach from Hinduism calling the oldest religion in the world fallacious. Not only did he blaspheme Bhagavad Gita, but also condemned Hindu rituals and practices stating them as the superfluous sacraments.

There can be no parallel drawn between Hinduism and Christianity or any other religions for that matter. Every faction of the world has peculiar beliefs systems and creed, albeit forcing people to transform to a different religion is a sinful act. Hinduism does not edify violence, poverty, blasphemy, hatred – unless the man interprets the sagacity of holy texts with cynicism.

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The pastor claims from this that the ‘snake,’ ‘god of death’ and born among ‘demons’ here are indistinguishable to Satan in Christian legends and thus Lord Krishna is identical with Jehovah, the devil himself. The predicament with the preaching of the pastor is that he is propagating lose and selective paraphrasing and not the actual text. It seems rather duplicitous to assail the Bhagwat Geet for what it is not really teaching.

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Pastor Anderson of the Baptist Church of Tempe, Arizona has called the Hinduism as the demonic religion. The documentary is a vilification of the religion.

– By Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

3 responses to “A scandalous Pastor in US defames Bhagavad Gita as ‘Demonic’”

  1. Ha ha ha
    Hinduism IS not only Satanic, it’s stupid!
    The author of this nonsense also misused the word “scandal”.
    Pastor Steven Anderson has never been involved in a scandal. Pastor Anderson being anti Sodomy is not a scandal. He hasn’t denied believing that way in the subject nor is it wrong to believe that way.

    All normal people are repulsed by that filthy feces eating developed behavior just as normal people think that worshipping to a multi armed female god is stupid.

  2. Satanic is That Which Encashes on The Blood of Tortured, Nailed, Crucification of Jesus. He, Jesus Sacrifices to Change the Mindset of Barbarians, but Alas! These fraud Christian Pastors Make Money & livelihood Saying, You Do Sins and Jesus Blood will Cleanse you, Pathetic Aphorism.

    Now who is Satanic, The One who Sells Sacrifce of Jesus & Beg money from followers or The One who Advices to Kill These kind of Persons & Save The innocent.

  3. How dare he say that that book is “Demonic”! Just look at this verse from the Hindu book… Among the Daitya demons I am the devoted Prahlada; among subduers I am time; among the beasts I am the lion, and among birds I am Garuda, the feathered carrier of Visnu.

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