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Title: One Dialogue - Four Relationships
Subtitle: The Different Layers of Meaning in the Dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna in the Bhagavadgita
Author(s): MINNEMA, Lourens
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 21 Issue: 1 Date: 2011
The preaching of Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavadgita contains different levels of meaning. One element of meaning is the content of the preaching itself. But the fact that Krishna’s preaching takes the form of a dialogue reveals more layers of meaning. These layers can be found in Krishna’s preaching and Arjuna’s responses, but they are also embedded in the narrative plot of the Mahabharata epic. The dialogue represents four relationships between Krishna and Arjuna: a friend-friend relationship, a master-disciple relationship, a God-devotee relationship and a Self-I relationship. This Indian concept of dialogue is different from current Western concepts of dialogue.