Second teaching philosophy and spiritual discipline

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especially verses 37 (about honor) and 40-41 (about the importance of family). Second Teaching: Philosophy and Spiritual Discipline See especially verses 19-20, 27, 31, and 39. Verses 42-53 contain the heart of the teaching—pay attention to their seeming contradictions. Third Teaching: Discipline of Action In verses 1-9, Krishna resolves the apparent paradox of the previous teaching. Another key idea is expressed in verse 35: Your own duty done imperfectly is better than another man’s duty done well. It is better to die in one’s own duty; another man’s duty is perilous. Note that in Hindu tradition, your duty ( dharma ) depends on your place. Tenth Teaching: Fragments of Divine Power Part of the point of this teaching is that knowledge of Krishna’s nature will deepen Arjuna’s love for Krishna (and thus help Arjuna to achieve moksha ). See especially verses 20-42 for an elaboration on all that Krishna is. Eleventh Teaching: The Vision of Krishna’s Totality In this teaching Arjuna receives a divine eye so that he can see all of Krishna’s forms. This theophany (the visible manifestation of a deity) forms a dramatic climax in the Gita . It’s important to remember how important vision is to Hinduism, a religion in which gazing at the image of a god is part of the worship of that god. Verses 8-31 describe Arjuna’s vision of Krishna. In verses 32-33 Krishna identifies himself with time and the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
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