As the evening rolls, a fireside book on Bhagavad Gita, translated by Nikhilananda of the Ramakrishna Mission in 1980's
When Krishna spoke of his philosophy to his peers Arjuna, Yudhishthira and his devotee Uddaloga, constraints such as religion and spirituality were not present. He spoke on what made sense both in the worldly and the metaphysical universe.
The Vedic order was on the verge of disintegration, then. Crime was at its peak, morality was down to the pit. He spoke of reformation. Vyas transcribed it.
The motivation to write on Krishna's philosophy is something internal which I find hard to explain in words; compounded with the scare of present digital cultural explosion that compels us to worship “the material,” superseding the most natural predisposition within us - a sublime connection to the divine. The essence of Krishna’s philosophy lies in its simplicity and reinforcement through building blocks of axioms to arrive at the complex.
Krishna network is a web-app-in-progress. Several years ago, I made my first effort with little success. Only after research and practice, and dispensing the nonessential words, I re-share the findings with you.
"In the form of a fish, when the flood of dissolution struck this world, with no effort did you clasp the revealed knowledge of the Vedas and kept them afloat."
Jayadeva ~1200 CE, Geeta Govinda (Sanskrit: गीत गोविन्द).
May the impeccable Mahabharata lotus,
That grows in gentle streams of Vyasa's words
Let it destroy the sins of the present Yuga
Of which Bhagavad Gita forms an irresistible fragrance
So many tales of noble heroes and maidens
Lettered by a discourse on Lord Hari
Light’s nectar sought-after by a swarm of bees
Just like the joyous men of plenty
Mahabharata bestows on us the highest good
I salute my brother Lord Krishna
An embodiment of the Supreme Bliss
By his grace, even the mute speaks eloquent
And, the lame scales the mountains
I salute the burnished Veda lords
Bramha, Rudra, Varuna, Indra and Marut
Their glories proclaimed by us bards
Sung in verses and chapters of Veda scripts
Their limits unknown to hosts of gods and demons