Dharma, Re: limits of activism
May 17, 2008 01:08 PM
by Konstantin Zaitzev
--- In email@example.com, "Morten Nymann Olesen"
> Then I guess you also think that the chela Arjuna went wrong
> when he as mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita fought at the battle
> of Kurukshetra?
Firstly, Bhagavad Gita shouldn't be understood literally, but as an
allegory. See comments by Subba Row and Annie Besant.
Secondly, Arjuna belonged to the kshatriya caste and it was his
dharma. The one of the main lessons of Gita is that one should perform
his own dharma, while dharma of someone other is dangerous.
So for Arjuna it would be mistake to avoid the war, while for
Blavatsky ? to participate in it.
The following story is told to illustrate this:
At night, when the burglar penetrated into the house, the donkey asked
the dog: why do you not bark?
? The master treats me badly, why should I protect him?
The donkey replied:
? Unlike you, I'm a faithful servant and shall wake the master.
And cried loudly.
The master woke up, irritated by the cries of the donkey, as he didn't
understand what's the matter, took the stick, stroke the donkey badly
and returned to his bed.
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