Bhagavad Gita Reflection

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The Bhagavad Gita shows of a conversation between the great warrior Arjuna and Lord Krishna. This supposedly happened in the Mahabharata when Arjuna and his charioteer (Lord Krishna) were going for the final battle, but Arjuna was having trouble deciding whether to fight or not that steered Lord Krishna to convey the eternal message of spiritual wisdom. The Bhagavad Gita was originally written in Sanskrit, thus if translated, the word Gita means song and the word Bhagavad means God, often referring this text as the Song of God. Some of the things that can be learned from the Bhagavad Gita are the reason for creation, birth and death, the results of actions, the eternal soul, liberation and the purpose of human existence. The whole text existed…show more content…
It has a rhyming meter that contains 32 syllables in each verse, it is called Anustup. Due to the pattern it sounds lyrical and harmonic when spoken perfectly. The chosen verses come from chapter two; there are 5 verses with 12 lines in total. The chosen verses were spoken by Lord Krishna therefore they were in first point of view. Plus when the God’s avatar spoke, the mood became blissful and calm. He used positive diction to portray his analogies of the soul. He also used diction in addition with symbolism to convey his message. In verse, 22 he said “worn out bodies verily accepts new bodies,” the term bodies here represent sort of a house for the soul. Symbolism was used to show that the soul in is just like people living in a house, when a house gets burned people have to move out, the same way when a body gets old, the soul has to move out. Therefore when people are killed in war, their souls do not end, only their bodies do. The Creator’s power and the soul are infinite. Based on the way the work was written I would say the implied author is Lord Krishna. I would justify this by just pointing out the point of view of the text and the mood; just looking at the first point of view, and calm, heavenly and blissful mood we can infer Lord Krishna is the implied author. The real author is traditionally ascribed to the Sage Vyasa. The implied reader and the real reader are the…show more content…
First and foremost, the soul is eternal; it cannot be killed or destroyed. Secondly, one should always carry out his/her duty. It is the way of life, if you are a warrior, you have to kill or if you are a teacher, you have to teach. Lastly, after knowing the themes, style and other literary analysis we can finally answer the question why the verses were written. Arjuna’s situation is an analogy for us. Lord Krishna is trying to tell us that we can be in either Arjuna’s position (have to kill someone) or the other side of the road (getting killed). But we don’t need to be worried in any situation. Because that is not the end, our Atman will continue to live forever but what we get next rest on our karma, if we have lived right by God then we have attained good karma and will have good next life and one step closer to liberation from samsara but if we have not lived right by God due to our dualistic world, for that reason Lord Krishna teaches us the different ways to achieve moksha in the rest of Bhagavad

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