In Lord Krishna's stories of Bhagavad Gita, where is karma shown?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The idea of "action" or "deeds" related to one's existence in this life and those that follow is something that Krishna espouses to Arjuna in the Gita.  Essentially, the entire work focuses on this notion of "karma" or "deeds."  Arjuna approaches Krishna, uncertain of what he should do.  He finds that he is incapable of fully being able to carry out his "deed" or what he is supposed to do.  Seeing the opposition filled with family and friends, and knowing that he is posited against them, Arjuna asks what he should do.  He asks Krishna how to carry out his karma when he knows that it is filled with suffering and pain.  Krishna responds in the lyrical manner that he should surrender unto him.  In recognizing that Krishna is the supreme and ultimate truth, Arjuna will find the strength to be able to carry out the deeds that prove to be difficult.  At the same time, Krishna argues that what "deeds" are done in this birth to him will allow Arjuna to be able to move on in his next birth, for Krishna is the ultimate reality that is transcendent in this life and the one that follows.  In this construction, one sees that karma is full recognition of Krishna, something that Arjuna could not see at the start of the discourse with Krishna, but is something he envisions at its end.  It is here where karma and deeds become one, and the more one places unto Krishna their deeds in this life, their karma becomes properly aligned in the subsequent births.

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