Summary Of The Bhagavad Gita

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The Bhagavad-Gita is a story about a one of the Pandava brothers in combat against the Kauravas for the rights to the kingdom. The story takes place on the battlefield of Kuruksheta and contains the divine conversation between Arjuna of the Pandavas brothers and an avatar of Lord Krishna. The arguments presented in this story rationalize and support “righteous war” or dharmya yuddha, war that is just and well deserved (Upadhyaya, 164). Arjuna questions the morality of the situation and seeks guidance from Lord Krishna. However, Lord Krishna believes that Arjuna should ignore all concerns for those on the opposing side and fight for his kingdom. Lord Krishna presents several arguments that justify and rationalize the battle at hand.
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Krishna encourages Arjuna to “act without attachment in whatever situation, for by the practice of detached action, one attains the highest” (1292, 19). This statement is a suggestion to act without fear of the consequences and forget his family bonds with the ones fighting against him. To practice this ability of detachment, yoga is discussed mainly in chapter 6 of the Bhagavad-Gita. A practice Krishna encourages Arjuna to partake in so that he may come to the same understanding as Krishna. However, Upadhyaya suggests that this type of complete detachment may be difficult for a beginner to attain (166). Therefor with ample practice, Arjuna should be able to strength this traits for use in future situations.
The Bhagavad-Gita rationalizes war when justice is past due. In the case of the Pandavas and the Kauravas, war was the only way to end the complications between the two sets of brothers. Despite Arjuna’s compassion for his family and teachers, the war must be fought so that him and his brothers can finally get what they deserve. The arguments presented by Krishna in this story rationalize and support the war in this specific situation of horrible injustice by a group of

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