Satyagraha

Synopsis: Opera about the life and work of Mohandas K. Gandhi, named after his technique of passive resistance that he began in South Africa and employed in his native India.
 
IMDB:
8.5
Year:
1983
168 min
38 Views


THE KURU FIELD OF JUSTICE

I see them here assembled,

I see them here assembled,

ready to fight,

seeking to please...

I see them here assembled,

I see them here assembled,

ready to fight,

seeking to please

the kings sinful son,

the kings sinful son,

by waging war.

And thus addressed by Arjuna,

Krishna brought...

Krishna brought

that splendid chariot to a halt,

to a halt

between the two armies.

Seeing them, all his kinsmen,

thus arrayed,

seeing them, all his kinsmen,

thus arrayed,

Arjuna was filled

with deep compassion

and turned to Krishna.

Arjuna was filled

with deep compassion

and turned to Krishna:

""My very being is oppressed...

with compassions harmful taint...""

""My very being is oppressed...""

""With mind perplexed

concerning right and wrong...""

""With mind perplexed

concerning right and wrong,

I ask you,

which is the better course?""

""With mind perplexed...""

""Tell me

and let your words

be definite and clear.""

""Tell me...""

""I am your pupil

and put all my trust in you.""

""You teach me.""

""I am your pupil...""

Seeing them, all his kinsmen,

thus arrayed...

...Arjuna was filled

with deep compassion

and turned to Krishna.

Seeing them, all his kinsmen,

thus arrayed...

But if you,

if you will not,

will not wage this war,

this war

prescribed by your duty...

...then, by casting off

both duty and honor,

you will bring evil on yourself.

If you are slain,

paradise is yours,

and if you gain the victory,

yours is the earth to enjoy.

If you are slain...

Stand up then,

son of Kunti,

resolute for the fight.

Stand up then...

Hold pleasure and pain,

pleasure and pain,

profit and loss,

victory and defeat to be the same.

Then brace yourself for the fight.

So will you bring no evil

on yourself.

Then brace yourself...

To him thus in compassion plunged,

his eyes distraught

and filled with tears,

to him desponding,

Krishna spoke these words,

Krishna spoke these words:

""Whence comes

this faintness on you,

this faintness on you,

now at this crisis hour...?""

""This ill beseems a nobleman,

wins none a heavenly state...""

""This ill beseems a nobleman,

wins none a heavenly state,

but brings dishonor, Arjuna...""

Hold pleasure...

Hold pleasure and pain,

pleasure and pain,

profit and loss,

profit and loss...

...victory and defeat

to be the same.

Then brace yourself

for the fight.

Uo will you bring

no evil on yourself...

TOLUTOY PARM:

When the motives and the fruits

of a mans actions

are freed from desire,

his works are burned clean

by wisdoms fire,

the white fire of truth.

Do the allotted task

for which one is fit,

for work is more excellent

than idleness

and the bodys life

proceeds not without work.

Between theory and practice,

some speak as if they were two,

making a separation

and difference between them.

Yet wise men know

that both can be gained

in applying oneself

whole-heartedly to one.

Do the allotted task

for which one is fit,

for work is more excellent

than idleness

and the bodys life

proceeds not without work.

Between theory and practice

some speak as if they were two,

making a separation

and difference between them.

Yet wise men know...

- Do the alloted task...

Freed from desire...

Freed from desire...

When he casts off attachment

to his deeds,

a man embarks on his work

ever content, on none dependent.

When he casts off attachment...

With thought and self controlled

giving up all possessions,

he cares for his

bodily maintenance without excess.

With thought and self controlled...

- Do the allotted task...

Between theory and practice...

- Taking what chance may bring,

surmounting all dualities,

knowing no envy,

the same in success and failure.

Yet wise men know...

- Do the allotted task...

When he casts off

attachment to his deeds

a man embarks on his work

ever content, on none dependent.

THE VOW:

Whoever gives up a deed

because it causes pain,

or because he shrinks

from bodily pain,

follows the way of darkness,

knowing nothing of self-surrender.

Whoever gives up a deed

because it causes pain...

But if work is done

because it should be done

and is enjoined by Scripture,

but if work is done

because it should be done

and is enjoined by Scripture

and without thought

for great benefits,

then that is

surrender in goodness...

You sustain the gods

and the gods sustain you in return.

You sustain the gods

and the gods sustain you.

The gods sustain you in return,

attaining the highest good.

You sustain the gods

and the gods sustain you.

With this you sustain the gods

and the gods sustain you in return.

Sustain one another,

you shall attain the highest good.

You sustain the gods...

With this you sustain the gods...

Prom food

do all contingent beings derive

and food derives from rain.

Prom food

do all contingent beings derive...

Rain derives from sacrifice

and sacrifice from work...

With doubt cut away,

suffused with goodness,

the self-surrendered man

hates neither uncongenial work

nor looks only for pleasant work...

So was the wheel set in motion,

and who here

fails to match his turning,

living an evil life...

He who only indulges

in sensual pleasure

lives his life in vain...

CONPRONTATION AND REUCUE

""This I have gained today...""

""This whim I"II satisfy...""

""This wealth is mine...""

""And much more too

will be mine as time goes on...""

""This I have gained today...""

""He was an enemy of mine...""

""Ive killed him...""

""And many another I"II kill.

Im the master here...""

""I take my pleasure as I will.

Im strong and happy

and successful...""

""He was an enemy of mine...""

And thinking this,

ail those dark minded ones

of little wit...

And thinking this,

ail those dark minded ones

of little wit,

embark on cruel and violent deeds,

the curses of their kind.

And thinking this...

""Im rich and of good family.

Who ease can match himself

with me?

I"II make sacrifices and give alms.

I"II have a marvelous time.""

So speak fools.

""Im rich and of good family...""

Insatiate desire

is their starting point,

insatiate desire

is their starting point,

maddened are they

by hypocrisy and pride,

clutching at false conceptions,

deluded as they are.

Impure are their resolves...

Insatiate desire

is their starting point...

INDIAN OPINION:

As witless fools

perform their work,

attached to the work they do,

so with senses freed,

the wise man should act,

longing to bring about the welfare

and coherence of the world...

As witless fools

perform their work,

attached to the work they do,

so with senses freed,

the wise man should act,

longing to bring about the welfare

and coherence of the world.

Therefore detached,

perform unceasingly the work

that must be done...

For the man detached

who labors on to the highest

must win through...

This is how the saints

attained success.

Moreover,

you should embrace action

for the upholding,

the welfare of your own kind.

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