The Truth About The Gita – A Closer Look at Hindu Scripture: V.R.Narla (Intro by)
Innaiah Narisetti (2010) [230P] ISBN: 161641832 www.prometheus.com

Book Review: Kavneet Singh

Ventakeswara Rao Narla an essayist, journalist and author who has written over 30 books in Telugu and English on religion, history and current events. He was the editor of the Andhra Prabha daily and the editor of the Andhra Joyti. A rationalist and an humanist who could be called Andhra Pradesh’s greatest ‘critical thinker’ of the 20th century.

[We are skipping his findings on the Mahabharata of which the Gita is a part.  And his findings on the notorious god, Krishna.  We are talking about the Bhagvad Gita - the virtual gospel of Hinduism in which Krishna is centrepiece.]

Chapter 12 – And When?

Furthermore, though there are no references to the Buddha and Buddhism in the Gita, the Mahabharta as a whole is not free from them. The words “Buddha” and Prati-Buddha” occur here and there in the text of the epic…..[Page 120]

All claims by the Hindu establishment make the time frame of the Gita between 800-200 B.C. But all evidence seems to lead to the 3rd century A.D., because the writings of the Gita indicate that the authors of the Gita were all aware of Buddha therefore the Gita is post Buddha and not pre-Buddha as is claimed.

Chapter 13 – Gita as Scripture

The Gita is no Veda or Vedanga. The scriptural authority which it now posses is a late acquisition…..Even S.A.Belwalkar had to own it, though tacitly, when he said that the gita attained its “dominant position” during “the last twelve hundred years”, that is after Sankaracharya’s lifetime…….[Pages 124-125]

The same Hindu-Brahmin Sankaracharya who murdered millions of Buddhists through the largest ethnic cleansing, a Holocaust of the 12th century, brought the Gita out of total obscurity to promote his own sectarian and caste interests to blunt the rapid rise of Buddhism. This decadent text with his alchemy was made to shine like gold. All four Acharyas were from the four southern linguistic areas. Their dark and deep influence lasted till the eighteenth century. No wonder a mentally enslaved people were ruled easily by the Mughals for a millennia and the British for over two centuries.

The very first of its translations into English aoppeared in 1785. Translated in by Charles Wilkins under the title Bhagvat-Geeta, or Dialouges of Kreeshna and Arjoon, its publication was actively promoted by the then Governor-General of India, Warren Hastings…..Its French rendering by M.Parraud (Le Bhagaut-Geeta) appeared in 1787…..[Pages 126-127]

The elasticity and the double speak of the text compounds the dichotomy, no wonder Gandhi and his assassin Godse both revered the Gita. The Gita is so ambiguous that a normal person will go nuts trying to figure out any ethical spirituality within it.

Upadhyaya proceeded next to print in parallel columns all the passages lifted verbatim from the Upnaishads and they total up to twenty-two……But the first prize in plagiarism should go to the Gita. It is a shining honor?......[Page 130]

So much priestly fraud has been committed that no wonder everything is contradictory and there is no continuous inspiration to the sublime.

Chapter 14 – Has the Gita a Philosophy?

As far as India is concerned, the synonym for philosophy is darshana……And so the very term darshana has put Indian philosophy on the wrong track……[Page 131]

There can be no original philosophy through blind faith and without critical thinking.  Evasive, primitive philosophical opinions which are highly retrograde, regressive, immoral and unbelievably unethical make up the unholy religious classic.

The fact of the matter is, it is a poem, a collection of songs – not a work of theological philosophy…..Page 133]

Some Hindu authors such as Sarma define the Gita as a collection of songs, some as a drama (ishwarleela – god’s sport) and many others much more.

The “high god”, as Kosambi rightly pointed out, repeatedly emphasizes the great virtue of non-killing (ahimsa), yet the entire discourse is an incentive to war.”…….[Page 135]

The contradictions abound therefore the Gita is a riddle hidden in an enigma. The problem is that the riddle has been solved – the Emperor has no clothes!

Electicism is not integration. Different ideas and concepts, borrowed from different sources by an eclectic, dot generally merge into a integrated whole, but abide side by side as separate entities and led a split personality, to a double life, and ultimately to downright hypocrisy…..[Pages 136-137]

Some very astute men calling themselves Brahmins with the sole purpose to psychologically control the masses for eternity by usurping all power and silencing any dissent in perpetuity very ably created this unholy tale of other worldly proportions.

“Why is a man to obey and why is it difficult to disobey?” questioned Eric Fromm, the German born American psychoanalyst……My obedience makes me part of the power I worship, hence I feel strong…….[Page 137]

Fromm has figured out the Gita riddle from a different angle and he is right!

The deluded despise Me clad in human body, not knowing my higher nature as Lord of all existence (IX-11 Gita)…….[Page 139]

Krishna did not write the Gita but, the umpteen world-class plagiarists who concocted the Gita made sure that the godly fabrication was drilled into anything which walked on two legs so that its authority is unquestioned forever.

Chapter 15 – Ethics of the Gita

In ancient India ethics never developed, as it did in Greece, into a special branch of study…...An ethical system with a social bearing can develop only in a society that has some social coherence……..[Pages 140-141]

With the caste system rigidly in place no such ethical system could even begin to germinate because the entire society was divided from top to bottom with the sole focus of each sub-group more worried about their supposed position and all the protocols surrounding it rather than develop a sound ethical system for uplifting society.

How can a scripture which makes a reluctant Arjuna take up his arms again and kill his kinsmen to gain a petty kingdom promote world peace?.......[Page 142]

A man-god glibly lectures a soldier by convincing him to kill all those, he loves and cares for, simply cannot be a man of peace and freedom. That rather makes Krishna a very unethical and violent man akin to a modern day terrorist with a dangerous agenda.

Whatever these and other commentators on the Gita might say, the concern of ethics should be, not with god and his angles, but with man and fellow-men. Its aim should be “the greatest happiness of the greatest number”…..It should promote amity, not strife; it should work for peace, not for war…….[Page 145]

The Gita is all about strife and war and then total annihilation of forces amassed on both sides. Krishna to put it bluntly made Arjuna into a killing machine through his “song celestial” instead of diplomatically using his wisdom to peacefully resolve the entire conflict which could have been settled amicably if he was a visionary chief with the will to do it. Therefore, unless most Gita apologists are high on something special while reading it, there seems to be no ahimsa (non-violence) being taught, but rather extreme violence is being propagated, justified and sanctified by the dark lord Krishna himself.

From blackmailing, Krishna proceeded to browbeating. He told Arjuna; “being a fool, you think you will be killing Bhishma, Drona, Karna and others. In fact, they are already killed by me.” To Arjuna much bewildered and broken down by then, Krishna gave a stunning glimpse of his cosmic form. It was something ghoulish and bloodcurdling……

The core teaching of the Gita, as Prem Nath Bazaz has put it boldly, succinctly and truly is this: “Murder with impunity”…..D.D.Kosambi wrote that the ostensible moral of the Gita is: ‘Kill your brother if duty calls, without passion; as long as you have faith in Me, all sins are forgiven…….[Page 148]

The ultimate kernel of the Gita lies in the above statements by Bazaz and Kosambi! The Gita being the quintessence of the Santana Dharma, no wonder ethnic cleansing and genocides are carried out against all minorities with complete impunity with absolutely nothing bothering their conscience, since the dark-lord Krishna will forgive everyone of their sins.

As Arun Shourie points out, the Gita is not consistent. It tells you act not to make a world a better place to live in or to make your fellow-men better citizens to live with, but to seek the merger of your individual soul with the supreme soul…….[Page 149]

Instead of merging one’s love with fellow human beings, the entire focus is to kill because it is your duty and then merge with the Supreme soul. But the problem is, after killing you will have no soul to merge with the Supreme!

“Kill , kill one and kill all, kill without the least constraint, because it is your caste duty, because it is in consonance with nature.” To sum up, the ethics of the Gita is wholly Machivellian and Nietzschean…..Krishna met his end by an aboriginal hunter who mistook him for a quarry……[Page 151]

What could be more incredible than such unethical, unconscionable belligerence by a god whose leadership has a billion devotees, leading them off the dangerous precipice into permanent oblivion of Om!

Chapter 16 - Sociology of the Gita

The four fold order was created by Me according to the divisions of quality and work.

Though I am its creator, know Me to be incapable of action change (IV – 13)

{Gita}….[Page 152]

Nothing could be clearer than the above verse from the Gita where Krishna the dark lord states that he created the despicable caste system. Further caste literally means varnas which in turn means color. Therefore the entire edifice of the so-called caste system is based on racial lines. The stratification of the social mobility is so rigid that there is absolutely no scope for rise in status no matter how incredible one’s personal accomplishments. This is the real ‘apartheid’ of the Brahmin kind!

He may or may not have been the Lord of the Jagat (Universe) but he was certainly the Lord of Jugglery. Taking their cue from the Lord of Jugglery, the commentators on the Gita maintain that caste system is not man-made but god-made; it is “therefore” sacrosanct…….[Page 154]

How on earth does the all-knowing god devise such a unjust and wicked system so as to subjugate more than 95% of the population to perpetual servitude. No wonder, it is possible in Krishna’s alternate parallel universe where all the 33 million gods reside to do the impossible on this Hindu earth.

For finding, refuge in Me, they also who, O son of Pritha, may be of a sinful birth –

women, vaisays as well as sudras, - even they can attain to the Supreme Goal..[Page 154]

This verse of the Gita by Krishna should get an Oscar award for its sheer insolence and the unspeakable gaul to be able to write such filth. It really means that all except the Brahmins and the Kshytrias everyone else is “born out of the womb of sin.” Nothing can be more repulsive than this statement but even worse being, that it is from the holiest Hindu text. Dozens of well known commentators on the Gita have given evasive and misleading translations because it boggles the mind, as to how is it possible that a holy text can be downright racist to the vast majority of the population.

Now the forth key – and vicious – verse in the Gita is No.35 in Chapter III…….Better one’s own duty, though devoid of merit, than the duty of another well discharged. Better is death in one’s own duty; the duty of another is productive of danger…….[Page 159]

This line probably the most famous one, from the Gita, is such a senseless and convoluted statement. According to Krishna the most intelligent sudra cannot perform the Brahmin’s prayers otherwise he would go to hell. Instead he should continue to be a shoemaker if his father was one and give it his best and be content. Messing with the sacrosanct varna system can as Narla puts it, “a spell in hell!” Arjuna cares more about upsetting the caste system due to the war, as the war widows may intermarry with other caste-groups or become sex-slaves of the lower castes, rather than the relatives he has killed. The entire Gita is nothing more than barbed wire to keep the brutal caste system in its place.

Chapter 17 – The Gita and Science

A true scientist cannot think, he cannot work, he can hardly breathe in the midst of the vacuity and vapidity of Vedanta……[Page 167]

Out of the three Indian-born scientists who have Nobel prizes for their work two won it for their work done in the US and decided not to return to the holy land of the Vedas.

Various charlatans posing as theologians propound many fantastic theories of inventions of electricity and flying chariots all found in the Mahabharata eons ago. Even “science fiction”
has been incorporated into the Gita!

Chapter 18 - Why the Gita

By the time of Patanjali, that is, the 2nd century B.C., Krishna was being worshipped in some parts of the country by some sections of the people as a personal god. Patanjali was too shrewd a man not to take full advantage of this fact…..[Page 172]

The two greatest ruling dynasties prior to the birth of Christ in South Asia were the Nandas and Mauryas both “Sudras.” Neo-Brahminism came about immediately after Pushyamitra murdered Asoka and Brihadratha the descendent of Chandragupta the Sudra emperor. Their two pronged attack to eradicate Buddhism completely; one, to physically kill all monks and Buddhist followers and second, to rewrite and co-opt all those puny gods including Buddha, so that the “sudras” never dare raise their head again. The ever vigilant Brahmins never stopped reinventing their texts to make sure that no other Faith ever subsumes them like Buddhism and Jainism did in the past. The proper title for the Gita should be “The Caste Stays Rigid”. The Gita is basically a grim warning to all followers that they better toe the line of castism or else contend with hellfire.

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