Thursday, May 13, 2004

It's a dangerous thing to go pontificating about a religious text you know nothing about. Religious texts aren't value neutral things; they're written in a certain context, by an author who unconsciously believes that his audience will already share certain presumptions about what he's writing. So it's dangerous to undertake an exegetical work when you don't know two bits about a text's cultural, religious and historical context. So I'm not about to go spouting off on something I know nothing about. I'm no Hindu scholar, by a long shot. Nevertheless, this is what's on my mind today:

"If the slayer thinks he slays
If the slain thinks he's slain
Neither knows the truth
The Self slays not, is not slain."
- Katha Upanishad 2.19