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The Sorrow of War Essay

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The Sorrow of War

Bao Ninh’s The Sorrow of War is a novel that is a personal view of the Vietnam War from the perspective of a Vietnamese soldier. Like the American novel “The things they carried”, this novel brings about the effects of war on people, and especially how it defeats the human capacity for things such as love and hope. Bao Ninh offers this realistic picture of the Vietnam War’s impact on the individual Vietnamese soldier through use of a series of reminiscences or flashbacks, jumping backwards and forwards in time between the events most salient in memory, events which take on a different theme each time they are examined. His main protagonist Kien, who is basically Bao himself, looks back not just at his ten years at…show more content…

Along with not seeing the bigger picture soldiers lost their ordinary lives due to the war and the contrast was so different between pre and post war that it was hard to cope with life for the men fighting in the war. “For Kien, the most attractive, persistent echo of the past is the whisper of ordinary life, even though the sounds of ordinary life have been washed away by the long storms of war. It is the whispers of friends and ordinary people that are the most horrifying.”(63) The strongest emotions occur as the story unfolds and life takes over from childhood fantasies, destroying individuals and their families as a whole society is remade for instance Kien’s sweetheart before the war. Kien abandons his lover and instead spends the next years plodding through the jungle where everything dies. "no jungle grew again in this clearing. No grass, no plants" (26). He had no true friends and he learned not to fear death but rather wish it. When war ends he has a struggle to rebuild that was once loss, he can no longer see the good of things while he slowly goes insane with out love and hope and of course no sweetheart to aid him. A very sad and classical effect of a war that was worthless to its soldiers and people. The war had changed people in so many ways, as their former character of being sincere, at peace, and loving was slowly changed to chaotic, indecisive and unhopeful lives. People began to forget who they really were all due to the war, “It

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by Jayaram V

The Bhagavadgita begins with an entire chapter on the state of sorrow (Vishada Yogam) for a reason. Arjuna's sorrow in the Bhagavad gita is symbolic of all human suffering. It is out of sorrow and suffering that a person becomes interested in philosophical matters and begins his spiritual journey. This may not happen universally, but in most cases it does.

Our experiences repeatedly prove that sorrow is the inseparable companion to human beings. It is the eye-opener and the true teacher of philosophical truths, without which perhaps many would remain spiritually ignorant.

Suffering puts our egos in their place and forces us to turn to God for help, just as Arjuna, the great warrior turned to Lord Krishna for help and guidance. When we are happy, we generally do not think much about God or spirituality, but in suffering we look for help and seek divine intervention. It is at least the case with a majority of people.

Why do we suffer? What does suffering teach? You will find the answers to these questions in the following essays where we will analyze and discuss the spiritual significance of  human suffering and its outcome in the light of the teachings of the Bhagavadgita, Upanishads and other scriptures. Some essays deal with the problem of suffering from the perspective of Buddhism.

Suggestions for Further Reading

  • The Samkhya Philosophy and 24 Principles of Creation
  • The Bhagavadgita On The Problem Of Sorrow
  • The Concept of Atman or Eternal Soul in Hinduism
  • The Practice of Atma Yoga Or The Yoga Of Self
  • The Problem of Maya Or Illusion and How To Deal With It
  • Belief In Atman, The Eternal Soul Or The Inner Self
  • Brahman, The Highest God Of Hinduism
  • The Bhagavad Gita Original Translations
  • The Bhagavadgita, Philosophy and Concepts
  • Bhakti yoga or the Yoga of Devotion
  • Hinduism And The Evolution of Life And Consciousness
  • Why to Study the Bhagavadgita Parts 1 to 4
  • The Triple Gunas, Sattva, Rajas and Tamas
  • The Practice of Tantra and Tantric Ritual in Hinduism and Buddhism
  • The Tradition Of Gurus and Gurukulas in Hinduism
  • Origin, Definition and Introduction to Hinduism
  • Hinduism, Way of Life, Beliefs and Practices
  • A Summary of the Bhagavadgita
  • Avatar, the Reincarnation of God Upon Earth
  • The Bhagavadgita on Karma, the Law of Actions
  • The Mandukya Upanishad
  • The Bhagavadgita On The Mind And Its Control
  • Symbolic Significance of Numbers in Hinduism
  • The Belief of Reincarnation of Soul in Hinduism
  • The True Meaning Of Renunciation According To Hinduism
  • The Symbolic Significance of Puja Or Worship In Hinduism
  • Introduction to the Upanishads of Hinduism
  • Origin, Principles, Practice and Types of Yoga
  • Hinduism and the Belief in one God

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