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Dear Brother William

The Mahabharat and Ramayana are both Great Epics in Hindu religion.

What are the reasons that our Holy Book - BhagwatGeeta is based on Mahabharat and not Ramayana ?.

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Dear Mr. Akerkar,

Thank you for your question.

The Bhagavad-Gita is not "based on" the Mahabharata. Rather, it forms a part of the Mahabharata, intricately intertwined with the plot. Sri Krishna and not Ramachandra is the Avatara of the Mahabharata age, the Treta Yuga, and the Gita is his song.

Best wishes,

Brother William

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William Schindler, a.k.a. Brother William

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I can answer questions about Vedanta philosophy, Patanjali Yoga philosophy and practice, Tantra, Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Vivekachudamani (Shankara`s Crest-jewel of Spritual Discrimination), Advaita (non-dualism), the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda tradition, Goddess worship, meditation practice, Hindu monasticism (sannyasa), and Sanskrit.

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I've been studying and practicing Vedanta and Tantra since 1969.

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I'm the founder and spiritual director of Ashram West, a gay spiritual community based on traditional Hindu Tantra. I have been a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since 1969.

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I have three books in print: GAY TANTRA, ESSAYS ON GAY TANTRA, BLOOD OF THE GODDESS.

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I hold a B.A. in Sanskrit (UC Berkeley 1975) and an M.A. in clinical psychology (Antioch University 1986).

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