Krishna's Advices Of Achilles

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Krishna is an incarnation of Vishnu, and is the main character of The Bhagavad-Gita. Krishna comes to the earth precisely to help Arjuna fulfill his dharmic duty. In the other hand, Achilles is a well-known warrior that possesses extraordinary strength and has a close relationship with the gods. Achilles is also willing to sacrifice everything just so his name will be remembered; he also has a thirst for glory. Achilles has a problem by not controlling his pride and rage when his pride is injured; especially after Petroclus’s death Achilles forwarded all of his rage into Hector. That could tell us a lot about the way Achilles would react if Krishna tries to guide him and gives him some advices. Will he accept it? And what are Krishna’s advices? …show more content…
Achilles is most powerful warrior in The Iliad, proud and stubborn, he takes offense easily and reacts with an intense anger when he feels that his honor has been insulted. Achilles’ gets angry with Agamemnon for taking his war prize, the maiden Briseis. Arjuna is the central figure of the Gita. He is Krishna 's follower, and asks for the deity for help when he has to fight his own family in order to take command of a kingdom that is rightfully his brother. At first, Arjuna is weak of heart, unsure how he can fight his family to take the kingdom. But Krishna shows him that fighting and ruling is his cosmic duty and when someone dies his self won’t be dead it would get reincarnated to another body. This comparison is important to show how the both characters are different which means that they both would have different reactions by receiving Krishna’s …show more content…
“Mother, Zeus may have done all this for me,/ but how can I rejoice? My friend is dead,/ Patroclus, my dearest friend of all. I loved him,/ And I killed him./”(357). This shows how shattered Achilles becomes after the death of his dear friend. In this case Krishna would say that the body of your dear friend dies, but his self wouldn’t; it would get reincarnated into another body. “ Our bodies are known to end,/ but the embodied self is enduring,/ indestructible, and immeasurable;/”(2:18). And “Death is certain for anyone born,/ and birth is certain for the dead;/ since the cycle is inevitable,/ you have no cause to grieve!/”(2:26) I think that Achilles won’t follow this advice because he wouldn’t be convinced that his friend’s self will get reincarnated in another body, instead he will transfer his rage and grief towards hector, and he will try to kill him like what he did to his friend Petroclus, thinking that by avenging his death him this will bring him

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