Phil 24 - Analysis 1

Phil 24 - Analysis 1 - Comparative Religion East - Analysis...

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Comparative Religion East - Analysis Essay of Karma Yoga in Hinduism In the first chapter of the  Bhagavad Gita , Krishna guides the warrior Arjuna as his  charioteer.  They stop between two armies about to make war with each other, and  Arjuna realizes that he cannot take sides because the people of both parties are his  kinsmen.  He resigns to inaction and Krishna, who is a form of Vishnu, explains to him  that the true essence, or Atman, of the people who he would kill can never be harmed  or destroyed.  He reminds Arjuna that he has no cause to grieve and that he must fulfill  his duty without hesitation. What is being conveyed here is in essence karma yoga, which is to become  closer to the Absolute by fulfilling one’s karmic role without attachment to any particular  outcome.  This is why Krishna reminds Arjuna to fulfill his duty and not to worry about  the result; the most effective way to accomplish a task is to release any expectations  about the result.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 24 taught by Professor Dernke during the Spring '03 term at UCSB.

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