Discuss the relevance of Arjuna's situation in the Bhagavad- Gita to universal ethical dilemmas.

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The Bhagavad-Gita is ultimately about an ethical dilemma. It comes as an episode from the larger Mahabharata, whose "main story . . . is the war between two branches of the Kaurava family" (5). The central concern of the poem features a kind of moral crisis, where Arjuna is torn between the demands of caste on the one hand, and with the reality that, in participating within this war, he would be responsible for the death of his kinfolk. The poem follows the dialogue between Arjuna and his charioteer, Krishna, who is himself an incarnation of the god Vishnu.

Ultimately, the underlying theme of the poem is universal: it's about a kind of moral crisis. Arjuna is torn between two paths, and does not know which one he ought to follow. This is itself a universal feature of human morality—people have choices to make, those choices will be difficult, and they will have repercussions. As a warrior, it is Arjuna's duty and obligation to fight this battle, but if he chooses to fight, he'll have...

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