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reading the Bhagavad Gita .....


in form very like the Tao te Ching .... short descriptions of 'how to live'; many mentions of
"the sage", "the wise man"; and the concept of "Self" in the Gita is alot like the "Tao"

in content, very like (my extremely limited understanding of) Buddhism ... and from much the
same area and time frame --i wonder who stole from whom.

but also very different from both ... no mention of gods in the Tao te Ching, but the god(s)
are important in the Gita. No mention of afterlife in Tao te Ching (that i recall), much
(the cycle of reincarnation) in the Gita.

i wonder .... if it's really considered word of god (Krishna) like ,say, Muslims consider the Koran
the word of god; or more metaphorical

i wonder ..... it says
I taught this imperishable doctrine
to Vivasvat, god of the sun
more than a hundred billion
years ago .....

Did the ancient HIndus have the concept of a 'billion'? or is this some translational artifact

to this ex-story-teller,
the Gita, and Tao te Ching each have great, but very different hooks..

of course, in the end, The Gita mostly gets it wrong.
but i did especially like this bit

As unnecessary as a well is
to a village on the banks of a river,
so unnecessary are all scriptures ...

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