Making A Poster of The Gita

The Gita. The closest physical experience to reading the Gita is of standing in the sea shore. From where you are, you can see a vast, vast, vast expanse. But you still know that it is small fraction of what is out there. 

We, at Ekdali, wanted to develop a poster on Gita. We visualised that it would talk about the essence of Gita, talk about some of the great and famous quotes and be a source for a very high level understanding of Gita. We wanted people to have a look at it and feel that they should read this book of art.  With this thought in mind, we started work. 

What started as a two week project, took four months and eleven days. The more we read, the more we got hooked on. How do you pick top ten quotes, when everything looks equally simple and powerful? Do you showcase the ones that everyone knows or highlight the ones that everyone should know? After months of deliberation, we have something that does not answer all the questions, but definitely raises more questions for the observer. 

For starters, picture this scene. The stage is set for a war. The mother of all wars. All the kings from corners of India. Erstwhile Bharat. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yavana (Mesopotamian/ Greek), India , Bangladesh and few other present countries I am missing. On one side, are the Pandavas. Fresh out of exile and asking for justice. On the other side are their cousins, the Kauravas, refusing to give their privilege. The first day of the war, Arjuna, the best and bravest warrior on the side of Pandavas, has a mental breakdown. Seeing his Guru, grandfather and cousins on the other side, he loses intent and interest to be part of this all. Krishna, his charioteer, implores him. The Gita is this conversation between Krishna and Arjuna. He tells how the war is a stage of Dharma, where Good confronts Evil and ultimately prevails. And Arjuna, however great he perceives himself to be, is merely a tool of the cosmic. We wanted to synthesise this profound text into a poster. Our Bhagavad Gita poster has four parts. The bottom part

crisps out the functional information of the Gita. Though spoke to Arjuna, the verses are harmonious, making it sound like a song. Hence the name Bhagavad Gita, meaning God's song. Three parts, eighteen chapters and 700 verses form the semantic structure.

'Truth is One. Paths are many'
The whole of Gita is divided into three parts or Yogas. That forms the remaining three of the four parts of our Bhagavad Gita poster.

Karma Yoga 

This is the opening part of the Gita. On hearing Arjuna's plight, Krishna accepts him as his Shishya. Here he tells him something simple yet profound. And that is the byline we use - Your Duty is you. This can manifest into multiple oft repeated quotes - Do your duty, don't worry about the results ; Work without expectation etc. The essence is -Your Duty is you. Further, we have six milestones within Karma Yoga. 

Bhakti Yoga 

After imploring Arjuna to do his duty and not bother about the impact, Krishna proceeds to tell him why in this Yoga. He tells Arjuna the reason why one is absolved of impact when he follows karma- God is cause, God is effect. Krishna tells him people are playing their parts in the cosmic equation. So he should accept the supreme. Saying thus, Krishna shows his true form, the Vishwarup / Viswaroopam. 

Jnaana Yoga 

Aware that he has to do his karma, understanding that he has to surrender to the supreme, Arjuna wonders here on what is the end to all this. How does he become one with the supreme. The essence of this Yoga is just that - Detachment from Self is attachment to Krishna. Here Krishna , espouses one of the most profound path- difference between body and consciousness. Deep, engaging and stimulating , the Jnaana yoga's depth increases with the reader's depth of understanding. 

The final art piece that we have is a labour of love, learning and realisation. We believe it is more relevant in today's world to bring children up with the sense of understanding of roots and culture. We believe our poster can help you start conversations with your child about many of these topics