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Bagger Vance and the Bhagavad Gita - TO THE SLAUGHTER

Arjuna does not want to wage war or fight in a battle that is ready to start. He asks his charioteer to drive to the center of the battlefield. That scene, from the Bhagavad-Gita, is depicted in this illustration (from Swami B.V. Tripurari and "The Play of Violence.")

 

Rannulph Junah evaluates his odds.

What chance does he have to play a respectable match against golf's two great legends? Lousy odds. And it is here, where despair takes hold, that The Legend of Bagger Vance (featuring Junah and Bagger Vance) begins to brilliantly parallel the story of the Bhagavad-Gita (featuring Arjuna and Krishna).

Arjuna, leader of his people, must fight a battle. Everyone expects him to be strong - to be a champion.

Before the battle begins, Arjuna asks his charioteer to take him to the center of the battlefield. He does not know his charioteer is Bhagavan (appearing as Lord Krishna in the story) any more than Rannulph Junah knows his caddy is Bhagavan (appearing as Bagger Vance).

Follow these parallels between the two stories:

Bhagavad-Gita The Legend of Bagger Vance
Arjuna tells Bhagavan: Take me in my chariot to the middle of the battlefield to the place between the two armies.

While there, viewing the scene, Arjuna is appalled. He sees wise people - wiser than he. He would rather die than kill them. He does not want to fight.
Junah tells Bagger: Take me to the middle of the battlefield (the golf course), between the two golf greats (Hagen and Jones).

While there, viewing the scene, Junah is appalled. He sees legends of the game - better than he. He cannot "do battle" with them. He won't play.

 

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5189stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 01, 2000

Updated Last Revision: Apr 12, 2016


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