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The Truth About The Gita – A Closer Look at Hindu Scripture: V.R.Narla (Intro by)

Innaiah Narisetti (2010) [230P] ISBN: 161641832 www.prometheus.com

Book Review: Kavneet Singh

Ventakeswara Rao Narla an essayist, journalist and author who has written over 30 books in Telugu and English on religion, history and current events. He was the editor of the Andhra Prabha daily and the editor of the Andhra Joyti. A rationalist and an humanist who could be called Andhra Pradesh’s greatest ‘critical thinker’ of the 20th century.

V.R.Narla has gone through the section of the Mahabharata epic called Bhagvad Gita with a sharp scalpel and has spared no effort to get to the true interpolation which practically everyone else seems to shy away so as not to upset the status quo or are simply afraid of the consequences.

Chapter 1 – Doubtful War

From our material it is impossible to say where the great theme-battles of the two epics Ramayana and Mahabharata were fought, let alone when – if indeed they represent any historical events at all……….[Page 46] Narla, quoting D.D.Kosambi hits the nail on the head from the get go. The Gita has been andled with kid gloves for so long that there seems to be no one willing to critically examine it and face the wrath of the teeming followers.

Out of the forty-one contributors, not even half a dozen show any capacity to think boldly, rationally, originally. And one or two of them have such a fuddled mind as to argue in all seriousness that what millions of people have believed for thousands of years as true cannot be fictitious……….[Page 47]

It is the educated in India who lead the charge of claiming the Hindu texts as ‘true’ which borders on imbecility. In the sphere of religion, critical thinking has rarely been applied with force so as to get to the ‘truth’. No wonder there is stunted growth in the realm of critical examination of religion which has drastic digressive ramifications nationwide.

Chapter 2 – False Signposts

The Vikram Era, for instance, is said to have begun in 58-57 B.C. Who is this Vikram after whom the Era is named?......The 2000th anniversary of Vikram was celebrated with due pomp in 1943……None of the mutually contradictory essays in such volumes proves anything beyond the will to believe…….When the chronology of ancient India is so uncertain, so hazy, even when we come down to historical times, is it not useless to try to fix a period for the persons and events mentioned in our two epics…….[Pages 48-49] It is extremely clear that there is no proof of valid dates anywhere in the Hindu epics yet

the word ‘yug’ is used many times. The word ‘yug’ literally means millions of years, when the fact is that modern man only existed, starting around 200,000 years ago.

And they end up by laying down stringent rules which govern a man’s life…..for they tell him how to find his way to heaven, and once there, how to make a beeline for the gorgeous bedroom of a gorgeous Ramba or a Maneka or a Tilottama or a Varudgini of – well, he has a wide choice……[Page 50]

The end result of man, according to the Hindu texts is, if he apparently does land in

‘heaven’ is to have ravenous sex with all the heavenly maidens available for his pleasure.

Through all myths and mythologies, to whichever nation they may belong, are

intrinsically nasty, ours are easily the worst from a moral point of view. Furthermore,

they are most undependable as sources of history……[Page 51]

Religions can only be measured against the touchstone of morals and ethics. If Hindu

religious texts are to be examined with that yardstick then they become mostly obscene to

the profane with extremely little left of value for the betterment of mankind.

No valid distinction between history and mythology and naturally there was a tendency to

confuse the two, to mythologize history and to give mythology an historical garb. We can

thus see why there was a total lack of historical sense among the Brahmans who

composed the brahminical literature…….[Page 53]

Brahmins when it comes to their Religion have a dirty habit of suddenly pretending to

lose all their faculties, instead painting all the Hindu texts with a broad brush of historical

truth when absolutely none exists.

Chapter 3 – Duel with Dates

As if this confusion is not enough, some scholars do not accept the synchronism of the

Kurukshetra War and the beginning of the Kali age……….[Page 58]

As mentioned by Narla various astronomers imposed their authority and arbitrarily set

dates which are scientifically untenable.

The very concept of the Kali Age is based not on reason but faith. Faith and fabrication

go together, just as reason and truth march together……[Page 59]

All rationality has been thrown to the winds to fabricate the most absurd timeline called

Kali Yug and many other ‘yugs. A real time and place is required to make something true

otherwise it is simply a myth. Hundreds of scholars of all hues are still trying to

rationalize something that is completely irrational akin to the Greek myths of yore.

Chapter 4 – Fear of Disillusionment

Let us admit uncompromisingly that no Aryan culture has been isolated anywhere in

India as a material and recognizable phenomenon……[Page 61]

Mortimer Wheeler a famous archeologist after much research could not find any evidence

to show any great Aryan culture which can shed light on the wondrous Hindu epics at all.

Hundreds of other archeologists have tried their best to prove that these epics are real

history but fall short on evidence leaving a big question mark on the validity of the same.

What does all this show? It shows that the historicity of the Kurukshetra War is doubtful;

the long list of its participant kingdoms is doubtful; the extent and ferocity are doubtful;

indeed, everything about it is doubtful including the singing of the Song Celestial by

Krishna……..[Page 66]

Nothing has been found with the help of carbon dating methodology so far! Even with the help of the Institute of Chronology more akin to the Institute of Astrology, absolutely no agreement has been reached on any definite dates of these mythical events of the Mahabharata.

Chapter 5 – A Fraud of Monstrous Size

The sheer bulk and weight of the Mahabharata, and its sheer nonsense, crushes out all commonsense, even all common decency, from Indian life and thought……internal evidence shows the handiwork of three scribes, Vysa, Vaisampayana and Souti….But the truth is that, apart from these three, there were many more nameless scribes and scribblers, fabricators and forgers, who put their finger into the prodigious pie.[Page 68]

This seems to be the most fantastic fairytale ever written by Brahmins to co-opt and enslave all the natives of the Indian sub-continent in perpetuity. A small ballad ended up being heavily padded and tampered to create one heck of a religious monstrosity. All this helped make Buddhism develop rapidly as a major threat to Vedism or Brahminism, as some would prefer to call it. To counter-attack it was necessary to create a rival. After trial and error, the folk hero of a tribe of cowherds in and around Madhura

proved handy. But about the third or fourth century B.C., he was built up into a

god……[Page 73]

The obscure dark skinned local folk hero like Krishna is propped up into a religious deity

over time. Next a pro-Karuva slant is changed to a pro-Pandva slant due to the sacrifice at

Janamejaya who was supposedly a Pandva descendant and lavished gifts. Third there was

very serious editing done by hordes of Brahmins to elevate the priestly class to the top of

the social ladder permanently.

And with every revision, that influence has become more reactionary, more deadly. A

part of that revision, let me add, is the Bhagvad Gita, the Song Celestial, with the

exhortation to kill, to kill in cold blood, to kill as a matter of caste duty…...[Page 75]

The critical key to the entire Song Celestial is the understanding of the dark lord

Krishna’s brainwashing of Arjuna the warrior, so that Arjuna becomes a killing machine

without a conscience. What could be a more violent and vile scripture than that!

Chapter 6 – Outer Citadel and Inner Fort

“It is difficult to excel”, as P.D.Metha says, “the Hindu sense of dramatic in

religion….The poet author of the Gita could hardly have chosen a more arresting

opening scene for his philosophical song……..[Page 77]

The essence of the Mahabharata is in the Gita and it is the Gita’s convoluted sense of

righteousness which is the most troubling factor. Sutas or poet-ballad singers the real

originators of the small Mahabharata going back in time, which got rewritten and

rehashed to make it into a voluminous piece of second class literature.

Now for the Mahabharata being a work of moral grandeur, it is (to put it mildly) a

preposterous claim. To us who are ordinary mortals without any esoteric powers, the

mortals of the Mahabharata are muddy, crude, revolting……..[Page 78]

After thoroughly examining the Mahabharata anyone who does not get revolted by the

sheer immorality and highly unethical traits of the characters in this fairytale which is

being passed off as religion needs to stop, pause and critically rethink, why Brahmins

need to justify their amorphous text and their anomalous position.

Chapter 7 – Who is Krishna

Herman Oldenberg once asked, “Who is Krishna?”…….[Page 80]

The number of different Krishnas going back in time will drive any sane person crazy.

There were however, 900,000 of them, and in order to satisfy them Krishna became

900,000 different men. These exact figures are given in the text, and it adds that the park

resounded with the coitus of 1,800,000 persons. Then it proceeds to describe the

collective sexual orgy…….[Page 85]

Krishna in various purana texts including the Mahabharata Purana seems to have multiple

personalities, which includes being a world class sex manic to an extremely devious

politician pretending to be a warrior.

The devotes of Krishna to justify the going on between their god and gopis, but a special

feature of Hinduism. It has two sets of laws, one for the weak and another for the strong;

two sets of norms, one for the high and another for the low; two codes of ethics, one for

the gods and another for the mortals. Small wonder, there is such a lot of double-think

and double-speak in Indian life………[Page 89]

I have yet to read a more incisive critique by getting straight to the heart of the matter.

Narla has hit the nail on the head; as the unethical and immoral conduct of Indians in

general, emanates exactly from these holy Hindu texts such as the ‘Gita’.

Chapter 8 – Krishna As Man

Hopkins says of Krishna: ”Krishna is a pious hypocrite”……no amount of excuse, of

which there is enough offered, could do away with the crude facts of tradition, which

represented the man-god Krishna as a clever but unscrupulous fighter….[Pages 90-91]

Every possible trick and treachery imaginable is used by Krishna without lifting a finger

in the great war of the fable, Mahabharata.

Among Indian pandits, Sukthankar had the fullest knowledge of the case against Krishna,

and to the best of my knowledge his is the ablest summary of that case. It reads: That

paradox of paradoxes!..........A grotesque character who claims to be the highest god and

behaves uncommonly like a “tricky mortal”…….[Page 92]

Even Sukthankar a Krishna author-devotee admits the culpability of Krishna’s highly

unscrupulous behavior and breaking all protocols of honorable conduct. Even though

Krishna admits been ashamed of committing a sin by his dishonorable acts there is no

retribution or guilt at all by the highest god-man or man-god of the Hindu pantheon.

Chapter 9 – Krishna as Statesman

It was that concern which urged him to set up Krishna as a symbol of resurgent India –

united, free, powerful……[Page 98]

Bankimchandra Chatterji the supposed pioneer of modern Indian literature propped up a

completely flawed man-god as the inspiring (god-man) statesman for the rest of India to

emulate. That is why Indians became emasculated permanently.

When Krishna was unable at any time in his long life to unify his own Yadava people, is

it not preposterous to claim on his behalf that he was a great statesman who unified the

whole of India?.....Krishna himself joined in the massacre in its final stages. To call such

a man a far-sighted statesman, a great unifier of the nation, is to take leave of one’s

senses……[Pages 102-103]

Logic gets thrown out and bombastic adulations are poured onto Krishna when in reality,

a man such as him would be reviled in any other country on Earth based on his conduct.

Chapter 10 – Krishna as God

So his going to Darpudi’s rescue in response to her prayers is baseless……[Page 104]

Krishna is made out to be savior of Darpudi’s honor through supernatural powers when

he was not there at the time of her dishonor therefore could simply do nothing.

His first act in this part of his life was assassination of his maternal uncle Kamsa.

Assassination is not too strong a term for it……[Page 105]

Krishna committed a heinous crime and one of many, but got away because the Brahmin

editors have made his character exactly like their own.

Krishna is no less famous for his abductions. He carries away Rukhmini a day before the

time fixed before her marriage to Sisupula….. Any by right of forcible seizure conquest,

he adds 16,000 women from the harem of Naraka to the list of his wives……[Page 105]

Krishna would be in the Guiness Book of World Records today for the numbers of

women kidnapped by a single man ever and for producing only 180,000 sons.

The champion boozer of the city is the Lord’s own half brother, Balarama. Rarely is

toddy absent from his hand….The Lord himself is neither a vegetarian nor a teetotaler.

Men as well as women amongst the Yadavas were addicted to drinking……[Page 107]

Meat eating and binge drinking was the norm and the dark Lord himself partook in all of

it happily without which it would be impossible to have the energy to satisfy 16,000

women.

The whole Krishna saga is a magnificent example of a true believer can manage to

swallow, a perfect setting of opportunism for the specious arguments of the Gita….[Page

109]

In fact Sitanath Tattavabhushan a historian of Hinduism comments, “If all that the

Mahabharata and Puranas say about him [Krishna] is true, he cannot have been the

incarnation of God”. It could not be clearer than that!

Chapter 11 - Who Wrote the Gita?

Chapter XVIII, Verse 70, In that verse Krishna says, “and whoever studies this sacred

dialogue of ours…”….[Page 110]

How on earth did Krishna discern that if all humans studied his dialogue rather a lecture

given to Arjuna albeit only eighteen chapters long, they would reach heaven or swarga

where shapely maidens will be available at their beck and call. A man-god with such a

demented mind can hardly have highly intelligent and ethical qualities to impart!

His education was perfunctory…….Moreover he was too much of a dilettante to have

studied much later in life. He was more interested in a belle than a book……[Page 112]

A man-god who spent practically all his time whoring can hardly be expected to come up

with sublime inspiration to lead the world through righteousness into heaven.

Unlike me, Gajan Shripati Khair has veneration for the Gita.Here is Khair’s own able

summing up of his conclusions: The first author composed some portions of the

existing…..The second author added six more chapters….The third author recast the

whole poem by adding his own verses…..Logic, coherence and consistency are

subordinated to the indoctrination of the main principles underlying his

philosophy….[Pages 117-118]

There is no question that not just the small Gita but the entire Mahabharata, for the that

matter the entire spectrum of puranas have been written by dozens of different authors

over a very long period of time, adding and editing to suit their economic and social

standing in their realm. But to the question whether Krishna is the author of the Gita - the

answer is a resounding no!

Chapter 12 – And When?

Furthermore, though there are no references to the Buddha and Buddhism in the Gita,

the Mahabharta as a whole is not free from them. The words “Buddha” and Prati-

Buddha” occur here and there in the text of the epic…..[Page 120]

All claims by the Hindu establishment make the time frame of the Gita between 800-200

B.C. But all evidence seems to lead to the 3rd century A.D., because the writings of the

Gita indicate that the authors of the Gita were all aware of Buddha therefore the Gita is

post Buddha and not pre-Buddha as is claimed.

Chapter 13 – Gita as Scripture

The Gita is no Veda or Vedanga. The scriptural authority which it now posses is a late

acquisition…..Even S.A.Belwalkar had to own it, though tacitly, when he said that the

gita attained its “dominant position” during “the last twelve hundred years”, that is

after Sankaracharya’s lifetime…….[Pages 124-125]

The same Hindu-Brahmin Sankaracharya who murdered millions of Buddhists through

the largest ethnic cleansing, a Holocaust of the 12th century, brought the Gita out of total

obscurity to promote his own sectarian and caste interests to blunt the rapid rise of

Buddhism. This decadent text with his alchemy was made to shine like gold. All four

Acharyas were from the four southern linguistic areas. Their dark and deep influence

lasted till the eighteenth century. No wonder a mentally enslaved people were ruled easily

by the Mughals for a millennia and the British for over two centuries.

The very first of its translations into English aoppeared in 1785. Translated in by Charles

Wilkins under the title Bhagvat-Geeta, or Dialouges of Kreeshna and Arjoon, its

publication was actively promoted by the then Governor-General of India, Warren

Hastings…..Its French rendering by M.Parraud (Le Bhagaut-Geeta) appeared in

1787…..[Pages 126-127]

The elasticity and the double speak of the text compounds the dichotomy, no wonder

Gandhi and his assassin Godse both revered the Gita. The Gita is so ambiguous that a

normal person will go nuts trying to figure out any ethical spirituality within it.

Upadhyaya proceeded next to print in parallel columns all the passages lifted verbatim

from the Upnaishads and they total up to twenty-two……But the first prize in plagiarism

should go to the Gita. It is a shining honor?......[Page 130]

So much priestly fraud has been committed that no wonder everything is contradictory

and there is no continuous inspiration to the sublime.

Chapter 14 – Has the Gita a Philosophy?

As far as India is concerned, the synonym for philosophy is darshana……And so the very

term darshana has put Indian philosophy on the wrong track……[Page 131]

There can be no original philosophy through blind faith and without critical thinking.

Evasive, primitive philosophical opinions which are highly retrograde, regressive,

immoral and unbelievably unethical make up the unholy religious classic.

The fact of the matter is, it is a poem, a collection of songs – not a work of theological

philosophy…..Page 133]

Some Hindu authors such as Sarma define the Gita as a collection of songs, some as a

drama (ishwarleela – god’s sport) and many others much more.

The “high god”, as Kosambi rightly pointed out, repeatedly emphasizes the great virtue

of non-killing (ahimsa), yet the entire discourse is an incentive to war.”…….[Page 135]

The contradictions abound therefore the Gita is a riddle hidden in an enigma. The

problem is that the riddle has been solved – the Emperor has no clothes!

Electicism is not integration. Different ideas and concepts, borrowed from different

sources by an eclectic, dot generally merge into a integrated whole, but abide side by

side as separate entities and led a split personality, to a double life, and ultimately to

downright hypocrisy…..[Pages 136-137]

Some very astute men calling themselves Brahmins with the sole purpose to

psychologically control the masses for eternity by usurping all power and silencing any

dissent in perpetuity very ably created this unholy tale of other worldly proportions.

“Why is a man to obey and why is it difficult to disobey?” questioned Eric Fromm, the

German born American psychoanalyst……My obedience makes me part of the power I

worship, hence I feel strong…….[Page 137]

Fromm has figured out the Gita riddle from a different angle and he is right!

The deluded despise Me clad in human body, not knowing my higher nature as Lord of

all existence (IX-11 Gita)…….[Page 139]

Krishna did not write the Gita but, the umpteen world-class plagiarists who concocted the

Gita made sure that the godly fabrication was drilled into anything which walked on two

legs so that its authority is unquestioned forever.

Chapter 15 – Ethics of the Gita

In ancient India ethics never developed, as it did in Greece, into a special branch of

study…...An ethical system with a social bearing can develop only in a society that has

some social coherence……..[Pages 140-141]

With the caste system rigidly in place no such ethical system could even begin to

germinate because the entire society was divided from top to bottom with the sole focus

of each sub-group more worried about their supposed position and all the protocols

surrounding it rather than develop a sound ethical system for uplifting society.

How can a scripture which makes a reluctant Arjuna take up his arms again and kill his

kinsmen to gain a petty kingdom promote world peace?.......[Page 142]

A man-god glibly lectures a soldier by convincing him to kill all those, he loves and cares

for, simply cannot be a man of peace and freedom. That rather makes Krishna a very

unethical and violent man akin to a modern day terrorist with a dangerous agenda.

Whatever these and other commentators on the Gita might say, the concern of ethics

should be, not with god and his angles, but with man and fellow-men. Its aim should be

“the greatest happiness of the greatest number”…..It should promote amity, not strife; it

should work for peace, not for war…….[Page 145]

The Gita is all about strife and war and then total annihilation of forces amassed on both

sides. Krishna to put it bluntly made Arjuna into a killing machine through his “song

celestial” instead of diplomatically using his wisdom to peacefully resolve the entire

conflict which could have been settled amicably if he was a visionary chief with the will

to do it. Therefore, unless most Gita apologists are high on something special while

reading it, there seems to be no ahimsa (non-violence) being taught, but rather extreme

violence is being propagated, justified and sanctified by the dark lord Krishna himself.

From blackmailing, Krishna proceeded to browbeating. He told Arjuna; “being a fool,

you think you will be killing Bhishma, Drona, Karna and others. In fact, they are already

killed by me.” To Arjuna much bewildered and broken down by then, Krishna gave a

stunning glimpse of his cosmic form. It was something ghoulish and bloodcurdling……

The core teaching of the Gita, as Prem Nath Bazaz has put it boldly,

succinctly and truly is this: “Murder with impunity”…..D.D.Kosambi wrote that the

ostensible moral of the Gita is: ‘Kill your brother if duty calls, without passion; as long

as you have faith in Me, all sins are forgiven…….[Page 148]

The ultimate kernel of the Gita lies in the above statements by Bazaz and Kosambi! The

Gita being the quintessence of the Santana Dharma, no wonder ethnic cleansing and

genocides are carried out against all minorities with complete impunity with absolutely

nothing bothering their conscience, since the dark-lord Krishna will forgive everyone of

their sins.

As Arun Shourie points out, the Gita is not consistent. It tells you act not to make a world

a better place to live in or to make your fellow-men better citizens to live with, but to seek

the merger of your individual soul with the supreme soul…….[Page 149]

Instead of merging one’s love with fellow human beings, the entire focus is to kill

because it is your duty and then merge with the Supreme soul. But the problem is, after

killing you will have no soul to merge with the Supreme!

“Kill , kill one and kill all, kill without the least constraint, because it is your caste duty,

because it is in consonance with nature.” To sum up, the ethics of the Gita is wholly

Machivellian and Nietzschean…..Krishna met his end by an aboriginal hunter who

mistook him for a quarry……[Page 151]

What could be more incredible than such unethical, unconscionable belligerence by a god

whose leadership has a billion devotees, leading them off the dangerous precipice into

permanent oblivion of Om!

Chapter 16 - Sociology of the Gita

The four fold order was created by Me according to the divisions of quality and work.

Though I am its creator, know Me to be incapable of action change (IV – 13)

{Gita}….[Page 152]

Nothing could be clearer than the above verse from the Gita where Krishna the dark lord

states that he created the despicable caste system. Further caste literally means varnas

which in turn means color. Therefore the entire edifice of the so-called caste system is

based on racial lines. The stratification of the social mobility is so rigid that there is

absolutely no scope for rise in status no matter how incredible one’s personal

accomplishments. This is the real ‘apartheid’ of the Brahmin kind!

He may or may not have been the Lord of the Jagat (Universe) but he was certainly the

Lord of Jugglery. Taking their cue from the Lord of Jugglery, the commentators on the

Gita maintain that caste system is not man-made but god-made; it is “therefore”

sacrosanct…….[Page 154]

How on earth does the all knowing god devise such a unjust and wicked system so as to

subjugate more than 95% of the population to perpetual servitude. No wonder, it is

possible in Krishna’s alternate parallel universe where all the 33 million gods reside to do

the impossible on this Hindu earth.

For finding, refuge in Me, they also who, O son of Pritha, may be of a sinful birth –

women, vaisays as well as sudras, - even they can attain to the Supreme Goal..[Page 154]

This verse of the Gita by Krishna should get an Oscar award for its sheer insolence and

the unspeakable gaul to be able to write such filth. It really means that all except the

Brahmins and the Kshytrias everyone else is “born out of the womb of sin.” Nothing can

be more repulsive than this statement but even worse being, that it is from the holiest

Hindu text. Dozens of well known commentators on the Gita have given evasive and

misleading translations because it boggles the mind, as to how is it possible that a holy

text can be downright racist to the vast majority of the population.

Now the forth key – and vicious – verse in the Gita is No.35 in Chapter III…….Better

one’s own duty, though devoid of merit, than the duty of another well discharged. Better

is death in one’s own duty; the duty of another is productive of danger…….[Page 159]

This line probably the most famous one, from the Gita, is such a senseless and

convoluted statement. According to Krishna the most intelligent sudra cannot perform the

Brahmin’s prayers otherwise he would go to hell. Instead he should continue to be a

shoemaker if his father was one and give it his best and be content. Messing with the

sacrosanct varna system can as Narla puts it, “a spell in hell!” Arjuna cares more about

upsetting the caste system due to the war, as the war widows may intermarry with other

caste-groups or become sex-slaves of the lower castes, rather than the relatives he has

killed. The entire Gita is nothing more than barbed wire to keep the brutal caste system in

its place.

Chapter 17 – The Gita and Science

A true scientist cannot think, he cannot work, he can hardly breathe in the midst of the

vacuity and vapidity of Vedanta……[Page 167]

Out of the three Indian-born scientists who have Nobel prizes for their work two won it

for their work done in the US and decided not to return to the holy land of the Vedas.

Various charlatans posing as theologians propound many fantastic theories of inventions

of electricity and flying chariots all found in the Mahabharata eons ago. Even “sciencefiction”

has been incorporated into the Gita!

Chapter 18 - Why the Gita

By the time of Patanjali, that is, the 2nd century B.C., Krishna was being worshipped in

some parts of the country by some sections of the people as a personal god. Patanjali was

too shrewd a man not to take full advantage of this fact…..[Page 172]

The two greatest ruling dynasties prior to the birth of Christ in South Asia were the

Nandas and Mauryas both “Sudras.” Neo-Brahminism came about immediately after

Pushyamitra murdered Asoka and Brihadratha the descendent of Chandragupta the Sudra

emperor. Their two pronged attack to eradicate Buddhism completely; one, to physically

kill all monks and Buddhist followers and second, to rewrite and co-opt all those puny

gods including Buddha, so that the “sudras” never dare raise their head again. The ever

vigilant Brahmins never stopped reinventing their texts to make sure that no other Faith

ever subsumes them like Buddhism and Jainism did in the past. The proper title for the

Gita should be “The Caste Stays Rigid”. The Gita is basically a grim warning to all

followers that they better toe the line of castism or else contend with hellfire.

Chapter 19 – From a Tribal God to a National God

In fact he was disliked, distrusted, denounced. It is on record in the Mahabharata that

once he spoke bitterly to Narada that “the only enjoyment allowed to me is to listen to

their harsh words and constant complaints. The incessant invective I am subjected by

those for whose welfare I am slaving rankles in my heart perpetually.”….[Page 175]

Krishna was a mundane tribal leader otherwise why could he not save his own Yadava

clan from fratricide? Historical records show nothing about Krishna other than a indirect

reference to “Herakles” by Megasthenes, which Narla attributes to Krishna but there is

still no direct proof. Today thousands of books in dozens of languages abound on Krishna.

Not a single one I have come across so far makes any sense other than baseless rehash of

a myth. But the publishing continues and Krishna is today the embodiment of manhood,

of godhood, a National Hero of India. It boggles the mind how the blind continue to lead

the blind.

Chapter 20 – The Two Bhagavans

The second Bhagavan saw peril to the caste system in this approach. And so, to sanctify

the system he took it upon himself full responsibility for its creation…….[Page 183]

Bhagavan (god) Buddha who under the prevailing circumstances did his best to have

equality and justice to all through his sanghas. Bhagavan (god) Krishna on the other hand

created a first class con to usurp all logic and common decency from the laity and keep

them in permanent servitude.

And whoever, at the time of death, gives up his body and departs, thinking of Me alone,

he comes to My status (of being); of that there is no doubt (VIII – 5)……[Page 189]

Even genocidal killers like Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi could enter heaven

provided they had Krishna’s name on their lips. Gita instead of being a book of

immortality is a book of high immorality which justifies extreme violence and apartheid.

If the Mahabharata is the “Encyclopedia Brahminica”, the Gita is equally certainly the

“Bible of Bondage”………...[Page 191]

Narla is at his finest and could not have put it any better.

Chapter 21 – All Things to All Men

What is far more shocking, it can be cited to justify mass murder. The Gita affirms that

“one neither slays nor is slain” (II-9). So, when you kill, where is the question of

homicide? And when you kill a whole population, where is the question of

genocide?.....[Page 199]

No wonder the modern day Brahmin puppeteers at the helm of the levers of power

continue to commit genocides on various religious and ethnic minorities with absolute

impunity, guilt free because they will have the name of Krishna on their lips and be

absolved of all sins before they ascend to swarg (heaven) and be lavished with more than

the standard 72 virgins.

Yes indeed The Gita is undoubtedly a non-ethical work. And yet, we read it, we treasure it, we venerate it. It is the greatest triumph of the unknown author or authors who fabricated the Gita; it is an equally great tragedy for India and the world……[Page 200]

The Gita seems to be the “Art of Slave Making” at its best.

Narla hopes that the Hindus of India will soon throw the Gita into the dustbin of history permanently to get out from the retrograde morass of the current deluded thinking, which is dragging the people and the country backwards with no end in sight.

V.R.Narla had the guts of a tiger, the memory of an elephant, and the critical faculties of a very intelligent human. Narla is a giant among men, to give a brutally honest critique of the most revered holy text of the Sanatainsts (Hindus) using common sense and logic.

One of the finest critically written books I have ever read. Anyone trying to understand the ‘true’ heart of Hinduism without getting bogged down in the quicksand by reading hundreds of various books on this subject, needs to carefully read this book. This brilliant, little known classic has just been reprinted by www.prometheus.com in July 2010.