Lord Krishna's Disobedience In The Bhagavad Gita

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Throughout Barbara Miller’s translation of the Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna reminds Arjuna of his obligation to act for the good of his people, advising him not to discard his warrior duties or reject the idea of fighting against his own kin. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Arjuna exhibits disobedience by discarding his duties and obligations as a warrior through his protest and by choosing not to engage in combat on the battlefield. His personal morality motivated him to act justly, but does not validate his decision not to fight. Although disobedience may provide cultures opportunities to evaluate situations holistically, disobedient people often disavow their own consequences. The Bhagavad-Gita reveals, through Krishna’s confrontation with Arjuna,…show more content…
Arjuna questions Krishna’s intent by stating “I see omens of chaos, Krishna; I see no good in killing my kinsmen in battle” (27). Through this statement, Arjuna once again challenges the will of Krishna by choosing to look past the action of fighting and focuses on the result of his kin dying—the fruits of action. Krishna, in his response to Arjuna, retains the idea that Arjuna must serve a greater good and that his dharma, his sacred duty, is to do this as well. Further, through the statement “A man cannot escape the force of action by abstaining from actions; he does not attain success just by renunciation. No one exists for even an instant without performing an action,” Krishna displays the concept that disobedience or abstaining from a cause harms society more than it benefits it (43). Rather, the mere act of abstaining demonstrates some sort of deed-- this deed, or renunciation of a cause, will not obtain success but rather prohibit success from transpiring. The Bhagavad-Gita thus implies that killing and destruction, no matter how evil they appear, do not truly reflect the end goal of a cause, and that disobedience does not truly exhibit rejection of what one considers wrong. The fruits of action become imperative again as Krishna relays the difference between action and the results of actions. Further, Krishna frowns upon disobedience because Arjuna’s refusal to act impairs the ability to benefit society.

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