I is for India

I-6ncredibly, India contains one of the oldest regional cultures in the world, if not the oldest, depending on how you measure these things. From the Indus Valley Civilization to the birth of Buddhism to British colonialism to today’s rising economy, India has always, in one form or another, been. Because of this incredibly long life, India has a lot to offer the world culturally. Coming from a large area that has seen and adapted many outside influences, Folktales from India comes from a wide array of traditions, and in dozens of languages. But perhaps the most well known of India’s spiritual folklore comes from The Hindus. A vast wealth of cultural and religious knowledge is contained within the Vedas, but the Mahabharata, which contains the epic The Bhagavad Gita is the most internationally well known of the Indian texts. The story follows Arjuna, on the eve of a war against his own kinsmen as he struggles internally against his moral duty and his moral loyalty. The god Krishna councils Arjuna through his dilemma, until the warrior prince can ultimately fulfill his dharma. One of the wonderful things about this story, and about Hinduism as a whole, is how accessible it is. One doesn’t necessarily have to be religious or spiritual to understand the story, or take from its message. Add to it the character of Krishna being, in my opinion, one of the more animated and human of any of the world’s deities, and you’ve got a pretty awesome story to read.

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15 thoughts on “I is for India

  1. Given our partially shared history, I guess the British are probably more familiar with Indian culture than many other nations. I think our colonialism maybe did less harm here than elsewhere, but that might be wishful thinking.

  2. Hey Nicky, i am really impressed that you have read Mahabharat and know about Krishna ( i guess through ISCKON). India is indeed a melting pot of culture or i can say nations within nations.

    I visited your other blog too, Kyoto Kendo Connect. Very interesting.

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    • I learned about it in a world religions class in University. It was one of my favorites to study. Part of the class was to visit a place of worship to learn more. Our group went to the Hare Krishna Society and had a lot of fun. I bought a lot of books there.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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