bhagavad gita - Sean Hughes Human Destiny 5-9-08 Vedic and...

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Sean Hughes Human Destiny 5-9-08 Vedic and Buddhist practices in the Bhagavad-Gita In the religious Hindu text the Bhagavad-Gita , Krishna, an avatar of the god Vishnu, teaches the warrior Arjuna the path to moksha . Krishna explains to Arjuna that he can obtain moksha through the yogis and controlling the senses. The ultimate goal of Hindus is to be released from the world by achieving moksha , the escape from reincarnation with the realization of the ultimate reality, which is attained by karma-yoga (the way of action), jnana-yoga (the way of knowledge), or bhakti-yoga (the way of devotion to god). Hinduism, as shown through the teachings in the Bhagavad-Gita , draws aspects from Vedic traditions, while also following philosophies shown in Jainism and Buddhism. In Vedic Aryanism, ritual sacrifices are performed to the gods to set a balance to the world. Vedic Aryans believed that the daily practice of the agnihotra , a fire built for the gods, and other ritual sacrifices to the gods are meant to ensure a good harvest. The Aryans performed this blind dedication, while following a caste system. Hinduism and the Bhagavad-Gita are similar to the Vedic practices with blind devotion to the gods and a caste system. In the second chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita , Krishna explains to Arjuna why it is important to perform his dharma (duty). In response to Arjuna’s distress about fighting a war,
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