On the battlefield at Kurukshetra, two great armies have assembled. Their mighty legions stand facing one another, poised to engage in a civil war. Within the opposing armies are the family members of the royal Kuru dynasty. Unable to reach a peaceful settlement, they have taken up their weapons to fight for sovereignty of their… Continue reading Chapter 1 – Arjuna’s Despair
Seeing that Arjuna was overwhelmed with grief and his eyes were brimming with tears, Lord Krishna said, Arjuna, how has this illusion overcome you at such a crucial moment? This attitude is inappropriate for a nobleman who understands the civilised ideals of life. You will not achieve honour by behaving in this way, it will… Continue reading Chapter 2 – The Nature of the Soul
Arjuna said, Krishna, if you consider knowledge superior to action, why do you advise me to fight this dreadful war? I am confused by your ambiguous advice. Please tell me clearly, which is the best course of action? Lord Krishna said, I have already described the two paths found in this world. Some people try… Continue reading Chapter 3 – The Path of Action
There is a common and persistent misunderstanding about the difference in meaning between the words God and god. Many people fail to distinguish between them as if the only thing at stake was the correct capitalization of words. But this transcends mere grammar. The meaning of the word God is as different from gods as… Continue reading God vs gods – Is the difference only capitalisation?
The idea we can neatly divide the world into the natural and the supernatural is a distinctively modern way of thinking. Many people take it for granted the supernatural exists only as a vestigial belief, a cognitive echo of the superstitions of our primitive ancestors. It’s commonly thought that as scientific knowledge advances, it’s proving… Continue reading Naturalism’s Folly – How a method morphed into a metaphysics
Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion. One of its most characteristic features is its rich variety of opinions and practices. But underlying this diversity is a harmonious philosophy and belief system that encourages individual freedom of thought and religious practice. Hinduism is difficult to define because the word Hindu wasn’t created by the followers of… Continue reading Introduction to Hinduism – Harmony within diversity
The value of philosophy is often denigrated by high-profile scientists in the popular media. The most common accusation is that philosophy makes no progress and produces no useful knowledge. These criticisms reveal a deplorable ignorance of what philosophy is from otherwise well-educated scientists. Of course, if the critics are right and philosophy isn’t contributing any knowledge,… Continue reading Philosophy – The Timeless Art of Clear Thinking