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adds: “It is said that those whose family dharma has been destroyed dwell in hell. This is a great sin!” ( Bhagavad Gita Ch. I: 44-45) Seeing Arjuna in this state, Krishna remarked: You speak sincerely, but your sorrow has no cause. Th e wise grieve neither for the living nor for the dead. There has never been a time when you and I and the kings gathered here have not existed, nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist. As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth, and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body. The wise are not deluded by these changes. ( Bhagavad Gita Ch. II: 11-13) O mighty Arjuna, even if you believe the Self to be subject to birth and death, you should not grieve. Death is inevitable for the living; birth is inevitable for the dead. Since these are unavoidable, you should not sorrow. Every creature is unmanifested at first and then attains manifestation. When its end has come, it once again becomes unmanifested. What is there to lament in this? ( Bhagavad Gita Ch. II: 26-28) Having explained that the Self is neither born nor is destroyed, Krishna reiterated the Dharma of Arjuna as a warrior: Considering your dharma , you should not vacillate. For a warrior, nothing is higher than a war against evil. The warrior confronted with such a war should be pleased, Arjuna, for it comes as an open gate to heaven. But if you do not participate in this battle against evil, you will incur sin, violating your dharma and your honor. ( Bhagavad Gita Ch. II: 31-33) In the succeeding chapter, Krishna asserts how it is impossible to escape one’s moral obligation for it springs from one’s own nature. “One who shirks action does not attain freedom; no one can gain perfection by abstaining from work. Indeed, there is no one who rests for even an instant; all creatures are driven to action by their own nature.” ( Bhagavad Page of 6 31
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ETHICS 1 - Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Everyday Life Gita Ch. III: 4-5) The Laws of Manu further forewarns: “ Dharma being violated, destroys; Dharma being preserved, preserves; Dharma should not be violated, lest violated Dharma destroy us.” ( The Laws of Manu VIII: 15) This account of Dharma highlights how the nourishment of a society is dependent on the participation of all its members. At the same time, this sense of interdependence is divinely inspired in that everything else flows from and ends with the divine nature of Brahman . In the final analysis, the self realizes that there is no ‘I’, that the ‘ego’ is a product of illusion, and it is this illusion which the self must be liberated from in its quest for selflessness and unification with the Absolute Being characterized as Consciousness and Bliss. Krishna remarks: “They are forever free who renounce all selfish desires and break away from the ego cage of “I,” “me,” and “mine” to be united with the Lord. This is the supreme state. Attain to this, and pass from death to immortality.” ( Bhagavad Gita Ch. II: 71-72) ————————————————————————————————————— Activity 2 Watch the film Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
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