Assignment #3 - Sweta Ramachandran Chiarucci 224 Wheeler...

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Sweta Ramachandran Chiarucci 224 Wheeler South and Southeast Asian Studies R5A 1 October 2007 Assignment #3 The Bhagavad Gita is a part of the Mahabharata epic that follows the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna on the battlefield just prior to the start of a climactic war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. As the battle is about to commence, Arjuna realizes that he feels weak and sickened at the prospect of killing his family and friends. Despondent and confused about what is religious, what is right, and what is wrong, Arjuna turns to Krishna for divine advice and teachings. Krishna, who is Arjuna’s charioteer, then advises him of his dharma or universal duty. Krishna instructs Arjuna not to yield to degrading impotence but rather to fight his kin, for that is the only way to righteousness. He also reminds him that it is his duty to slay anyone who supports the cause of unrighteousness, or sin. In this second chapter, Krishna counsels Arjuna on the greater idea of dharma and presents various justifications for his argument. Krishna begins with the tenet that the soul is eternal and immortal. Any death on
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