What does the Bhagavad Gita say about a person with a neurological disorder?

By Sunil Kumar

The Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Lord Shri Krishna and Arjuna; an attempt to show the path of dharma and an exhortation to Arjuna to do his duty in the Mahabharata war. That is the literal synopsis. On a philosophical level; it is a profound allegory.

Each of the 700 verses are a masterclass; layers of meaning that have been interpreted in multiple ways by generations of commentaries and reviews. It is like an unending Russian doll; as the “ultimate” truth is elusive or if you go by Srila Prabhupada; can be obtained by complete surrender to Krishna.

As a text composed thousands of years ago; the Gita has many verses that propose a “middle path”; shunning extremes. Also it discusses philosophical ideas prevalent at the time including Sankhya philosophy, wandering ascetics and yogis who renounce anything and attempt to approach the Lord(Supreme God Idea) by meditation, samadhi etc plus normal people who follow the “karmakanda”(ritualistic) element of the Vedas.

As for a neurological disorder; this is a 20th century construct If you were to approach a guru or for that matter ISKCON; they may answer that it is a temporary phenomenon limited to this life that “can” get sorted out by surrender to God and faith. Per se; there is no verse specifically that speaks about persons with neurological disorders; except for the fact that “asuric” people sometimes get afflicted due to the “tamas” inherent in their personalities. Reading through the Bhagavad Gita; there is no shloka dealing with contemporary medical(mental) terminology.

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