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Dharma
sacred duty

Krishna tells Arjuna that he must fulfill his dharma no matter what the consequences.
Karma
the belief that all actions involve consequences that must be suffered through many lives.

Duty, far from miring him in the dreaded cycle of karma and rebirth, will advance him on the path to emancipation of the spirit.
Theophany
the manifestation, the appearance of a god to a person.

Arjuna's vision of the theophany of Krishna helps him to see the mystery of action and creation.
Epiphany
the revelation of some divine truth.

The brilliance of Krishna's divine epiphany is like the light of a thousand suns rising in the sky at once.
Confound
confuse
Immutable
unchanging
Equanimity
evenness of temper; composure.
Exult
revel in; celebrate; be in a state of ecstatic happiness
samsara
the eternal cycle of birth.
Equivocal
subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse; uncertain as an indication or sign; of uncertain nature or classification; of uncertain disposition toward a person or thing.
Krishna
the human embodiment (avatar) of the Hindu god Vishnu, the protector and preserver of worlds. ONe of a three-god divine pantheon with Brahma and Shiva.
Brahman
the holy or sacred power that is the source and sustainer of the universe; the single absolute being pervading the universe and found within the individual; atman.
Atman
the individual soul or essence; the essence that is eternal, unchanging, and indistinguishable from the essence of the universe.
Coterminous
having the same or coincident boundaries; coextensive in scope or duration
Arjuna
The warrior prince in the Bhagavad-Gita to whom Krishna expounds the nature of being, the nature of God, and the way humans can come to know God. ONe of the five Pandava brothers; he was the third son of Kunti, born mystically through union with the god Indra.
Mahabaharata
A Sanskrit epic principally concerning the dynastic struggle and civil war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas in the kingdom of Kurukshetra about the ninth century B.C. and containing the text of the Bhagavad-Gita, numerous subplots, and interpolations on theology, morals and statecraft.
Upanisads
speculative and mystical scriptures of Hinduism, regarded as the wellspring of Hindu religious and speculative thought.
yoga
A hindu discipline aimed at training the consiousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility; a system of exercises practiced as part of this discipline to promote control of the body and mind.
Transience
the principle of change; mutability

The Bhagavad-Gita teaches that transience is not real; all of life is permanent and stable.