Krishna in the front
Today is the Hindu celebration of the Bhagavadi Gita or the birth of the Hindu classical scripture, the most important influential Hindu scripture and philosophy. It is rather ironic that the video below gives you the very shortened version. . . . 90 seconds. Hinduism is very complicated religion. Wikipedia says that there are 330 million Hindu deities. There is one supreme creator god of Brahma and many others to guide the people who speak different languages and cultures. There is a Trimurti of the gods and Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Each of these gods has many avatars. Krishna is thought to be the 8th avatar of Vishnu.
There is an annual celebration of the day that Lord Krishna rendered his teaching in the Bhagavad Gita commonly known as Gita. Krishna is usually pictured with Radha, his consort. This also shows that there is equality between the genders.
‘The Bhagavad Gita is not just an ancient scripture but also serves as an essential guide to better living and life and conducting business and communication to the modern world. The greatest quality of Bhagavad Gita is that it prompts an individual to think, to take fair and right decision, to look at life differently and refreshingly without surrendering one’s identity. The Gita has been addressing contemporary issues and solving for everyday problems of humanity for millennia.” BBC
The one thing that so impresses me is that no matter how far from my faith system, as a Christian, Hinduism is, the worship and lifestyle genuinely affect the people, their lives and choices. The respect for life either human or animal, gentle acceptance of hardships , and generosity to all are just three examples. Faith systems are to affect life and life choices and it certainly does in the many gentle, accepting, kind,Indians I met during my stay in India.