ENG 208 The Bhagavad Gita

ENG 208 The Bhagavad Gita - English 208 The Bhagavad-Gita 1...

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English 208 The Bhagavad-Gita 1. Explain Arjuna’s resistance to joining the battle in the First Teaching. Arjuna states that he would rather be killed or to live as a beggar than to kill his relatives (Bhagavad-Gita 1.35). He fears that by killing these important men in his family during the battle, for kingship and pleasure, chaos will be created in the family. Chaos within the families will destabilize society and the caste system. This destabilization will destroy the peace and morality of society. Arjuna fears adharma, disharmony with nature, if he battles and kills his relatives. He is fearful of being sent to the place in hell for men who undermine familial duty (Bhagavad-Gita 1.40-44). 2. How does Krishna encourage Arjuna to address that resistance? Krishna realizes that on the verge of battle is not the appropriate time to give Arjuna philosophical reasons that he should fight. Krishna appeals to Arjuna’s male ego to address his resistance to engage in battle. Krishna tells Arjuna not to discard his duty. Heaven welcomes
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