Monday, September 19, 2011

Eighteenth chapter of Gita

Gita is the compilation of Arjuna’s questions and Krishna’s answers in the battlefield of Mahabharta.
It is the distillation of spirituality and answers basic questions about the cycle of life and death and the hidden logic behind seemingly illogical nature.
The reading of Gita is supposed to wash away all sins and lead to peace and enlightenment.
Daddy is reading Gita, in an Urdu version published some 50 years ago by Chatur singh of Mai sewa Bazar, Amritsar.
It begins by introducing the dramatis personae and how God appeared to destroy ‘Adharma’ in Dwapar Yug. It then tells the story of Krishna’s birth and times.
The other day he read the eighteenth chapter of Gita that is widely believed to be the sure shot way to attain Moksha after this life is complete.
He formally dedicated the fruit of this reading to his wife, my mother.
Did you notice I said, ‘when life is complete..’?
This is how Death is described in Punjab. “Poori ho gayi hai” literally means,” she is complete”. This means she has passed away/died/expired/ is no longer alive.
This is profound. What a simple way to describe the inevitable. The Universal truth of death.

1 comment:

  1. You may decide to call it telepathy, but I was thinking about the same thing last night while reading 'Buddha', that in Punjab a person who passes away is always said to have been 'poora' or 'complete'. Such clarity on the role of dying in the completion of the cycle. Real wisdom.


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