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Bhagavad Gita

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...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2019 5:38 pm UTC

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Lord Krishna defines dharma in a couple of ways to Arjuna. The first way is to prove to Arjuna that he has a dharma, or duty, to recognize the infinite nature of Lord Krishna. Krishna teaches...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2012 9:01 pm UTC

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Both of these works are ethical, semi-religious texts that are intended to improve human morality and ensure that people live rightly. The Bhagavad Gita is a discussion between humanity and...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 3:38 pm UTC

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I think that Lord Krishna reacts and responds to Arjuna's claim by analyzing its full nature. Lord Krishna correctly points out that Arjuna is not taking his position against fighting because of...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2013 1:34 pm UTC

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One way in which Lord Krishna relieves Arjuna of his existential crisis of responsibility is to remind him of how karma and reincarnation is part of the submission to the divine in which the pain...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2013 12:03 am UTC

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It is Krishna’s self-contradictory nature as illustrated in the Vedas that makes him such an enduring subject of philosophical and religious commentary, as well as popular fascination and devotion....

Latest answer posted September 1, 2020 5:04 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2011 8:03 pm UTC

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In all sincerity, one can select any idea from the Gita and find a great deal of paradoxical quality to it. Throughout the discussion between Krishna and Arjuna, the philosophical and spiritual...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2010 5:15 pm UTC

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Lord Krishna's arguments are consistent with peace because he is asserting the idea that if individuals submit themselves to his will, one can rest assured that they are doing the right thing....

Latest answer posted February 22, 2013 1:25 pm UTC

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I think that the basic premise in the "divine song" is how to overcome division. It is division that causes Arjuna the greatest amount of hurt. He feels divided on the battlefield between what he...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2013 2:17 pm UTC

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I think that this question is something that can be started here and probably has to continue on in other forums. Perhaps the reflection value of this particular question is where its significance...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2011 7:15 am UTC

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The idea of "moksha" or liberation from one's cycle of pain in consciousness can be seen in the idea of surrender to Krishna. This is probably best seen in the Gita when Arjuna wonders how to...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 8:01 am UTC

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Arjuna, although a great warrior, doesn't want to fight, because he dreads losing friends and family in the upcoming war. Some of those he must fight are family and friends. He also fears that all...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 1:48 am UTC

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One piece of advice given is that doing right is better than vowing not to do wrong. In chapter 3, verse 8, there is an interesting piece of guidance for living a better life. If you live a proper...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013 7:12 pm UTC

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The four yogas, as taught in the Bhagavad Gita, serve as methods of obtaining union with God. They offer paths of union through knowledge, through meditation, through love and devotion, and through...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019 10:31 pm UTC

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Both of these works involve a master and a disciple. In both works, the master gives instruction to the disciple and answers the disciples questions. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna is the master and...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2018 7:26 pm UTC

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Regrettably, I had to edit down the original question. I invite you to resubmit the second half as its own question because it is really quite powerful. A very strong case can be made for the...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2013 6:07 pm UTC

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I am not sure that there is one particular passage that is more representative of the religion than others. In my mind, the Hindu religion is based off of all that is written in the Gita. I am...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2012 9:56 am UTC

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In the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna is unwilling to fight the Kaurava army. On the face of it, Arjuna's decision seems extraordinary. As a brave, noble warrior, a man with a fearsome reputation on...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2021 7:01 am UTC

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Both works stress how individuals can take action even in the most dire of conditions. If both works resonate with the modern audience, part of the reason why would have to be their affirmation of...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2013 3:37 pm UTC

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The first poster seems to me to have it right. "God is love" is a repeated phrase that I've heard in bhakti yoga, with the god Krishna being one of the key names repeated in prayers and phrases....

Latest answer posted September 20, 2010 4:29 am UTC

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Practical advice given for peace and inner-strength by reminding the listener not to be overly focused on the worldly senses. Chapter 3 contains much advice for living a worthy life. In verse 6...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013 6:49 pm UTC

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The Upanishads are a collection of religious and philosophical texts which pertain to the Hindu faith. They were written sometime between 800 BC and 500 BC, at a time when doubts about the...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019 10:18 am UTC

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I try to stay away from making general statements. However, I don't think it's a stretch to say that for all Hindus the interaction between warrior and God, Arjuna and Krishna, presents the...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2011 9:33 am UTC

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The authorship of the Bhagavad Gita is not known. The text we now have was added to the Mahabharata at some point between the fifth century BCE and the first century CE, but it is impossible to...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 1:24 pm UTC

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In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna is gripped with sorrow on the eve of battle. He tells Krishna that he doesn't want to fight his teachers and beloved relatives. Across the field of battle, he sees...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2021 5:03 pm UTC

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The Bhagavad-Gita, Gilgamesh, and The Iliad are all traditional oral-derived epics. This meant that rather than being individually authored at a single time, they evolved gradually in performance...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 3:06 pm UTC

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