Summary Of The Bhagavad Gita

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Philosophy and religion has seemingly always been intertwined, one following the other. The way one should live one’s life according to a specific philosophy can entirely be dependent upon the existence of a religion they devote their life to. However, with the topic of way of living coupled with religion, many times, when they are not coincided with each other, conflicts arise. This leads to my sense of conflict when reading the Bhagavad Gita. To preface the passage, the whole story of the Bhagavad Gita meaning “The Song of God,” which is part of the Mahabharata, an epic narrative of the Kurukshetra War, can be summarized as Arjuna the warrior preparing for battle, is suddenly assailed by many doubts that shook his composure completely. These…show more content…
This puzzled me greatly even more so when I read The Blessed one (Krishna)’s response, simply the fact being that it was perfect sense in terms of the situation. The situation was a man set up to fight and defeat his family, his friends, his relatives, and his kin. When Krishna spoke in his lines “You speak as if with words with wisdom [but] you have mourned that which is not to be mourned” This first couple lines from the Bhagavad Gita were so earthshaking to me in terms of profoundness and rebuking towards…show more content…
“You speak as if with words of wisdom, [but] you have mourned that which is not to be mourned. Wise men mourn neither those whose life-breath is gone, nor those whose breath remains. I have never not existed; nor have you, nor have these lords of men. Nor will we cease to exist, all of us, from now onward”. Krishna’s words referenced the idea encompassing Hinduism with Atman and Brahman. The whole aspect of the Hindu cycle of life is brought into conversation solely to reason with Arjuna to kill his family, his friends, and his kin. The significance of Krishna’s words lies in the application of Dharma. This was very twisted from my perspective mainly because I do not possess the potential sense of duty that Arjuna would as a practitioner of Hinduism and the belief in Krishna’s power. To trigger Arjuna’s duty as a warrior, Krishna was very blunt in rebuking Arjuna’s current mindset being not only wrong but frivolous. The unusualness grows throughout this passage because it seems to teach a lesson of lack of compassion or neglect towards life in this world. If nothing ever matters because everything is not of this world and will ultimately perish which is the most disturbing aspect of the reading of this primary
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