Renouncing the Fruit
India’s Mahabharata is the longest epic poem in the world, more than ten times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined. It’s a cluster of many stories framed in the overarching narrative of a great civil war between two branches of the same clan; a war that goes on for years but achieves very little; a war that is set in motion by a game of dice. What a crazy reason to fight! You would hope that “religion” would provide a way out of such conflict. What good does it do if it only pulls us further in?
This is the first of a four-part series of sermons inspired by sources from the Hindu and Indian Buddhist traditions (one each in March and April and two in June).
By Rev. Craig Moro