What reason does Krishna present to Arjuna in support of his advice to fight?

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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 this fighting and death is a sin. He mourns the consequences of warfare and wants...

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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 this fighting and death is a sin. He mourns the consequences of warfare and wants to to avoid the death and destruction war brings.

Krishna tells him that nobody's soul really dies, so he should not fear death in war, either on his own behalf or for others. People will return again to earth through reincarnation.

More importantly, Krishna impresses on Arjuna that there is no one universal ethic that can be applied to all situations. Ethical choices—deciding between right and wrong—depend on context. Such choices are, in other words, situational. It would show poor karma, Krishna says, for Arjuna to refuse to fight. Instead, Arjuna needs to perform the "right action."

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