Karma to Nirvana
16 mm | Color | 48 minutes | 2011
“We have to help the hungry as best we can. We have to see that feeding the hungry is no less than the worship of God.” Amma
Hinduism is incredibly diverse and impossible to generalize over easily. This film uses Lord Krishna, recognized as the eighth avatar of Vishnu or as the Supreme Being, as the starting point for another exploration of the ties between sharing food and spiritual bonds. However one sees or defines Lord Krishna, the sharing of food and the concept of service to one’s fellow man is tightly woven into the principles of karma as he set them forth in the Bhagavad Gita. This is also where he set forth his belief in nonviolence and the importance of restraining the destructive passions which would be adopted so famously by the world’s greatest civil rights leaders, Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the act of sharing, both the server and the served are elevated and set on the path to Nirvana. All along the sacred River Ganges these rituals have been re-enacted for thousands of years.
Written and Narrated by: Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn
Music by: Uma Mohan
Editing: Brian McElhaney
Directed by: Anubhav Bhardwaj