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Unformatted text preview: From the Bhagavad Gita and for a man of honor shame is worse than death. In this next passage from the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna reveals a deeper meaning to his message to Arjuna. Not only must Arjuna act like a war- rior because that is his castegbut he must also act without regard to the consequences of bisection. What does Krishna seem to mean by this? How does one do “nothing at all even when he engages in action”? {*Abandoning attachment to fruits of action, always content, independent, he does nothing at all even when he engages in action. He incurs no guilt if he has no hope, restrains his thought and himself, abandons possessions, and performs actions with his body only. Content with whatever comes by chance, beyond dualities, free from envy, impartial to failure and success, he is not bound even when he acts. When a man is unattached and free, his reason deep in knowledge, acting only in sacrifice, his action is wholly dissolved. When devoted men sacrifice to other deities with faith, they sacrifice to me, Arjuna, however aberrant the rites. I am the enjoyer and the lord of all sacrifices; they do not know me in reality, and so they fail. Votaries of the gods go to the gods, ancestor-worshippers go to the ancestors, those who propitiate ghosts go to them, and my worshippers go to me. The leaf or flower or fruit or water that he offers with devotion, I take from the man of self-restraint in response to his dev0tion. 85 ...
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