Analysis Of The Bhagavad Gita ' The Two ' Selves ' Essay

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Ethic in the Bhagavad Gita: The Two “Selves” Coming from Mahabharata, the ancient Indian epic, Bhagavad Gita is the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna, as Arjuna is hesitatant about the fighting in a war where hundreds and thousands people would die. His enemies are also his brothers and teachers. Krishna explains to him about the reasons why the war is necessary. The ideas that are taught by Krishna provides a very different point of views on ethics, unlike the Yoga set forth by Patanjali, or the precepts of Buddhism, the act of killing in a war is encouraged to Arjuna and even not considered as a sin of his. The “self” that are being destroyed in the war is the worldly “self” and the Atman of them will be set free and cleansed from the sinful mortal body. The reason for Arjuna’s hesitation in the first place is that the war is fought between his cousins; the two sides have his brothers, relatives and teachers. In the enemy team, there are of course, the people he respects and people he despites. The cause of the war, too, Arjuna is questioning whether their fought over the throne is worth the epic war that is going to happen. The war as grand as this, there’s going to be loss of lives, those of the soldiers and the civilians. All these bloods, kills, Arjuna is worried if he will carry the sins to the lives lost in this war. Arjuna considers the situation from an ethical point of view that is concerned with the welfare of the others: be kind and merciful, do not

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