Episode 17: Each Life Has Its Place
For season two of La Belle Vie Show, we will be discussing concepts and ideas from a course entitled “The Meaning of Life: Perspective’s from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions” at the Great Courses taught by Professor Jay L. Garfield of Smith College.
The course starts with an exploration of the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Hindu text featuring the struggles of the young prince Arjuna and his discussions with the god, Krishna.
We zero in on the idea of devotion to a greater cause and engagement with the world at large as a way to find meaning in our lives. We wonder how to find the passionate commitment and drive that Arjuna does given our modern circumstances. Why do we hesitate to fully commit? What could motivate us to take “heroic action” like Arjuna did? He turned to god for answers, but where might we?
On Walden Pond by Henry David Thoreau
Featured Image: A manuscript illustration of the battle of Kurukshetra, from the Baghavad Gita.
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