The meaning of the Chariot and charioteers in the Bhagavad Gita

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna imparts to Arjun various important spiritual lessons.

If you have not read the Gita, then it is a good an insightful read.

In this blog post, I want to explain to you the symbolism behind the chariot picture in which we see Arjun, Krishna and the 5 horses driving the chariot.

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Saint Elias

This is Saint Elias (or Elijah). He is celebrated in my home country, Lebanon, on the 20th of July.

According to Wikipedia:

Elijah (Hebrew: אֱלִיָּהוּ‎, Eliyahu, meaning “My God is Yahu/Jah”) or Elias (/ɪˈlaɪ.əs/; Greek: Ηλίας Elías; Syriac: ܐܸܠܝܼܵܐ‎ Elyāe; Arabic: إلياس or إليا, Ilyās or Ilyā) was a prophet and a miracle worker who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Ahab (9th century BC), according to the Books of Kings in the Hebrew Bible.

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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (해동 용궁사) – South Korea

In July of 2017, I visited the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan, South Korea.

As I was walking towards the temple, I was lured by the chanting. I stood by the temple speaker and recorded the following song:

Do you know what song this is?

 

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He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one

This is a funny photoshopped picture I received through chain mail. It refers to Luke 22:36. However, it also reminds of me of the Matthew 10:34:

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

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7 dangers to human virtue – Gandhi

The 7 dangers to human virtue are:

  1. Wealth without work
  2. Pleasure with conscience
  3. Knowledge without character
  4. Business without ethics
  5. Science without humanity
  6. Religion without sacrifice
  7. Politics without Principle

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Postcards from Rishikesh, India – 2007

Ten years ago, in 2007, I went for a Dhyan Yatra in India with Isha Yoga. It was an interesting journey and one to remember. A dedicated article about this experience and trip will ensue sometime in the future.

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Ganesha – The obstacle remover

Ganesha, in the Hindu religion, is known as the remover of obstacles. I first learned about him when I was listening to Thomas Ashley-Farrand’s audio-book entitled: Mantra: Sacred Words of Power.

I love mantras and I learned his mantra:

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

The following picture explains Ganesha’s most famous depiction:

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