Bhagavad Gita Essay - Spencer Whittaker Essay#4 Question...

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Spencer Whittaker Essay #4 Question: Why was killing in battle looked upon as performing one’s natural task? In the well-known Hindu text called Bhagavad Gita, we see how the warrior-hero Arjuna is suddenly in anguish over killing his kinsmen. (1) Arjuna is moments from battle when he looks over the two armies and sees what he described as “fathers and grandfathers, preceptors, maternal uncles, brothers, sons, grandsons, companions, fathers-in-law, as well as friends.” (2) It was almost instantaneous that a huge sense of remorse for what was about to take place set into Arjuna. Battle and war over land or religion between various countries was a common thing to see during the expansion of Hinduism around 500 B.C. What was unusual was the sense of guilt Arjuna felt before the commence of this battle. The participation in conflicts such as this was promoted through belief that one was performing their religious duty to fight for their side and that ultimately doing so would reward them. As Arjuna spoke, his charioteer Lord Krishna began to explain to him why they fight like this for their side. He told him that by doing so they were performing a devotion act that would in turn provide them with a “release from the shackles of repeated rebirth.” (3) Essentially that
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  • Spring '13
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  • Hinduism, Bhagavad Gita, Krishna, Arjuna, Kurukshetra

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