Epic of Gilgamesh Is About the King Term Paper

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  • Subject: Drama - World
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  • Related Topic: Gilgamesh, Yoga, Snakes

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Epic of Gilgamesh, is about the king Gilgamesh, one of the most powerful of his time, who was two-thirds of god and one-third man. It takes us on the journey of his reign and his succession, with the help of his friend Enkidu, to achieve more strength. While Bhagavad-Gita, spoken by the great Lord Krishna, talks more in terms of spiritual and conscious powers of Krsna and his friend, Arjuna. Hence showing Arjuna's constant confusion during his journey to do every bid by the orders of Krsna and gaining power to understand his own conscious.

Compare and Contrast

Between Bhagavad-Gita and Gilgamesh

The eastern and western scholars have described Bhagavad-gita to be the greatest spiritual books in the world. In the book Lord Krishna describes the science of self-realization and an exact through which human beings can establish their eternal relationship with God. "It is approachable from the sanctified realms of religions and is glorified as the essence of all spiritual teachings." (Srimad

Bhagavad-Gita: (http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/)."The core purpose of Bhagavad-Gita, is to illuminate for all of humanity, the realization of the true nature of divinity; as the highest spiritual conception and the greatest material conception is to attain the love of God." This book extracts the main characters of Lord Krishna and Prince Arjuna, enlightened in the first chapter, is the war scene in the sacred land of Kuruksetra and the setting up of a battle. After naming the principle warriors of both sides, Arjuna's growing dejection is described due to the fear of losing his friends and relatives in the course of the impending war and the subsequent sins attached to such actions.

Krishna's most hidden glory does not signify the time when Arjuna saw everything that was good and bad, or all his friends and enemies, or every galaxy in the body of Krishna. The real moment of epiphany and transformation for Arjuna was, when he recognized that he was truly loved. (The mystery traditions and the language of myth: (http://www.namaste.bigstep.com/generic36.html)

It starts with the first chapter describing the compassion for the eternal soul as the self-realization, when Krishna kills the demon Madhu and Arjuna wanted him to kill the demon of misunderstanding which had taken him within the discharge of his duty. Arjuna, always thought of Krishna's consciousness as the spiritual advancement of knowledge, hence using it as an excuse to avoid fighting. A devoted student, Arjuna, places the matter in front of his Lord to let him make decision for his actions.(Bhagavad-Gita, chapter 3). By the end of chapter four,

Krishna advices Arjuna to wake up and fight, being situated in perfect knowledge.

Whereas "Arjuna understands that renunciation in knowledge involves cessation of all kinds of work performed as sense activities.(Bhagavad Gita, chapter 5).

On the other hand, Gilgamesh was known as a historical king of Uruk in Babylonia, on the River Euphrates in modern Iraq, where he lived at around 2700

BC. Many stories and myths have been written about Gilgamesh, where some of it is known to be written back in 2000 B.C in the Sumerian language on clay tablets, which still survives in the Sumerian language. The fullest surviving version have been derived from twelve tablets, in Akkadian language, which was found in the ruins of the library of Ashurbanipal, king of Assyria 669-633 B.C.

One can easily extract from this that Gilgamesh was known as a superhuman, with such powers that the gods had to create a counterpart to moderate his actions and desires.

Gilgamesh, two-thirds god and one-third human, has been narrated, as the greatest king on earth and the strongest super-human ever existed. Since he was young, he was known to oppress his people harshly, which makes those people call out for help from the sky god, Anu (the chief god of the city). As an answer Anu creates wild man, Enkidu, out in the wild and harsh forests surrounding Gilgamesh's land. It was revealed that, Enkidu was the only match in his power and strength with Gilgamesh. They both were an unbeatable pair, who claimed to be more powerful then a demon. Gilgamesh's first journey takes place with, Enkidu, when they both travel towards the great Cedar Forest (in southern Iran) to cut down all the cedar trees and kill its guardian, the great demon, Humbaba. As they bravely fight this battle and cut down all the…

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