ENG 208 Paper Two

ENG 208 Paper Two - English 208 The Bhagavad-Gita and Eat...

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English 208 The Bhagavad-Gita and Eat Pray Love During the process of reading and analyzing The Bhagavad-Gita , similarities found in the 2010 film Eat Pray Love , starring Julia Roberts, were noted. Both pieces center on people who are trying to find peace and meaning in their lives. Arjuna, in The Bhagavad-Gita , and Liz Gilbert, the main character in the film, find inner peace by removing the desire for success and material items and through prayer and meditation. Though similarities are found in the two pieces, there are also noticeable differences. Krishna advises Arjuna to be completely desireless, including sensual desires, but Liz finds sensual and romantic love. The purpose of the Gita is to guide one to the total dedication of their life to honoring and worshipping the Supreme Being, but Eat Pray Love is about a woman finding inner peace and love for herself. Through the similarities and the differences, lessons can be learned from both. In The Bhagavad-Gita , Krishna advises Arjuna that he will find release through the performance of his duties as an offering to God, not for recognition or reward (Bhagavad-Gita 3.8-9). In the film, Liz abandons her career and all her material possessions to go on a pilgrimage to a Guru’s ashram in India. While there, Liz is required to perform menial duties, such as scrubbing floors, not for recognition but because it is her duty to do so. Arjuna and Liz
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ENG 208 Paper Two - English 208 The Bhagavad-Gita and Eat...

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