Do we have the courage to question our questions ? Subita Mataji (Gita Daily)

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Published on Jul 29, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 01, Text 35

Sometimes we ask profound philosophical questions and expect prompt answers. But frequently our questions stem from dubious assumptions and downright misconceptions that need to be amended before we can understand the answers.

The Bhagavad-gita illustrates how the process of questioning our questions leads to profound wisdom. In its first chapter (01.35) Arjuna asks several rhetorical questions that are meant primarily to justify his views and choices. Krishna responds to Arjuna by questioning those questions. He challenges and counters the presumption that gave birth to those questions: Arjuna’s misidentification with his material body. After showing Arjuna how his materialistic paradigm was fundamentally, fatally flawed, Krishna gives him a new vision of life: its spiritual nature, its divine essence and its devotional purpose. With this fresh vision, Arjuna finds his questions automatically answered, his course of action indubitably clarified and his determination unshakably restored, as he confirms at the end of their momentous conversation.

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