More ways than one to read the Bhagavad Gita

From the obituary of slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran in The Economist, London:

“He was a shy, coddled child, the son of a land officer. His parents, both pious Hindus, were followers of Mahatma Gandhi and his doctrine of ahimsa, or non-violence. But the books young Prabhakaran read, out on the veranda under the banana tree, were biographies of Alexander the Great and Napoleon. He treasured the Bhagavad Gita not for its spiritual riches but for the passage where Krishna told Arjuna that it was his duty to fight and kill even his relations. His great hero, “a beacon to me”, was not Gandhi but Subhas Chandra Bose, who had tried to drive the British out of India with armed force.”

Link courtesy Nagarathna Sitaram

Read the full obit: Velupillai Prabhakaran

Also read: Bhagavad Gita as the national spiritual doctrine?

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