The book of Job, The Bhagavad Gita and Galileo are all connected in one certain manner. The books include finding the presence of something they are seeking. In the book of Job, Job is the rich man considered the most faithful to Yahweh. Despite his riches, he treats all his people equally and always worships the Lord though, this comes to an end when the Lord tests his faith (Waters, 6).
Also, The Bhagavad Gita is a Hindu tale which involves Prince Arjuna of Pandavas who has to fight with his cousin the leader of the Kauravas to gain the throne. Though, after realizing the huge loss that will occur in the war to be fought by his relatives, he withdraws from it. Never the less, he is encouraged to go ahead and fight by his chariot driver the god Vishnu who has taken the form of Krishna. The other book, Galileo involves an astronaut Galileo, who uses his telescope to study the stars in the sky such that he inquires meaning for all.
The three books involve persons who seek the importance of the presence and absence of their searches.In the book of Job, Yahweh delayed responding to test Job’s faith. In the Bible, Job was the richest man in the East.
The work of his hands was always blessed and also had Yahweh’s protection. Job owned thousands of sheep, herds of cattle and hardworking sons and Daughters. Despite the riches, Job worshipped Yahweh gracefully and loved everyone in the lands. Yahweh always bragged about the faithfulness of his servant Job who truly worshipped Him, though this was disagreed by Satan who said Jobs faith laid in the riches and protection Yahweh offered. To disapprove Satan, Yahweh gave Satan the power to take everything from Job. With that, Job suddenly lost everything he owned (Waters, 6-10).
The once, richest man become the poorest man on earth, though this did not stop Job from worshipping Yahweh. “Naked I came from my mother womb and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”(Job 1:20-22). Despite the misfortune of Job, he did not lose faith in Yahweh, instead, he continued to worship Him and prayed to request Yahweh to hear his prayers.
The Lord delayed to answer Job’s prayer because he wanted to test the length of his faith even in total poverty and misfortune, rendering why Yahweh gave Saturn power to curse Job but despite that, his faith remained strong. Also in the book of Bhagavad Gita, Krishna delayed showing his ultimate form to Arjuna to test his responsibility as a warrior and faith in the unseen god. Arjuna, the prince of Pandavas, was competing for the throne of the kingdom with his cousin the Kauravas.
The two family leader was meant to go to war to decide who takes the throne. However, on his way to the battlefield, Arjuna declined the fight accepting his cousin to take up the throne. Arjuna found it difficult to settle as the King knowing the blood of his relatives would be the reason for his success. The emotional feelings for the love of his relatives made him draw from the battle with the duty of wanting to save their lives. Though, Krishna who appeared in the form of his chariot driver opposed his decision inquiring him to perform his duty as a warrior (Dutta, 5). Krishna did not reveal his original form to Arjuna immediately to discover whether he would respect the message from Krishna to carry on his duties despite the absence of his actual physical form.
Krishna through the chariot driver explained to Arjuna that no bad karma would follow him for he was simply carrying on his duties as a warrior. Besides, it was Arjuna honor and duty to fight and also it was not an evil action since the war was meant to overcome the throne. Hence, despite Krishna’s physical absence, Arjuna obeyed him and carried on his duties as the warrior.
Furthermore, in the book Galileo, the astronomer’s level of knowledge is tested with the absence of some celestial bodies. Galileo, the astronomer, uses his telescope to discover the various phases of Venus and also analyzes the other satellites of Saturn and Jupiter. Despite his discoveries, his knowledge about the presence of other planets is doubted when the other astronomers discover the absence of some celestial bodies (Brecht, 90). The concept of heliocentrism had been investigated and considered a fallacy since they were no actual way to prove it though Galileo uses his knowledge to disapprove them. The doubt from the other astronomers urges Galileo to make inventions like the telescope to view the missing celestial bodies in approval of his knowledge.The book of Job clearly explains the absence of Yahweh as a way of testing Jobs faith.
Though after Job had been tested and did not withdraw from the trust, he had in God, Yahweh eventually listened to his prayers. God responded to Job after his test by taking away the misfortune that had beheld him. The works of Job’s hands were blessed once again, and the riches multiplied three more times compared to what he owned before his misfortune. Job’s Faith in Yahweh was rewarded with more children and a wife who respected him also increased the length of the land he owned (Waters, 11). The presence of Yahweh in Jobs life showed that the Lord works in his own ways and those who have faith in his works will always be blessed. Besides, Arjuna’s duties and responsibilities were questioned when Krishna appeared in the chariot drivers form.
Krishna delayed showing Arjuna his original form to know whether his words would be followed even in the absence of his physical form. Arjuna had never seen Krishna though with the respect he had for his god, he followed his orders to carry on his duty fighting in the war to take up the throne despite knowing he would lose most of his relatives (Dutta, 6-7). The faith of Arjuna in Krishna was full filled through the Pandavas taking over the throne. Arjuna through a vision was able to see the original form of Krishna after being blessed with success in the war. Krishna’s presence to Arjuna showed faith without seeing will always be rewardable by the gods.
Prior to that, in the book Galileo, the astronaut’s knowledge about the observations he makes is doubted. Galileo’s knowledge is doubted by the other astronauts who do not believe in the heliocentrism since it was considered a fallacy years before. The absence of the celestial bodies as said by the other astronauts tests Galileo’s knowledge where he makes various inventions including a telescope which he uses to observe the phases of various planets like Jupiter (Brecht, 94). The urge to see the presumed absent celestial bodies approved the knowledge of Galileo after inventing the telescope meant to observe the bodies.
The three books have a common characteristic of discovering the absence of their searches. In Job, Yahweh tested his faith by not responding to his prayers, and after proving him worthy, Yahweh blessed Job more by finally responding to him. Also, Arjunas faith in listening to the words of Krishna despite him appearing in the in the chariot drivers form was tested. Arjuna followed the words given to him by Krishna, and in the End, he was rewarded by succeeding the throne and having a vision where he saw the original form of Krishna.
This is also seen in the book Galileo where the astronauts’ knowledge is questioned about the absence of various celestial bodies, which motivates him to make inventions like the telescope for viewing the apparent absent bodies in order to approve his knowledge in science.