Recommended: The Bhagavad Gita

Pay attention to the conflict between  morality and Dharma (sacred duty).

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3 responses to “Recommended: The Bhagavad Gita

  1. After watching this, I noticed a lot of repetition. However, the main idea of this film was to explain Dharma, one’s sacred duty. The film was basically a dialogue between Arjun and his friend/guide Lord Krishna . Arjun seems to be having an internal struggle and he doesn’t see how he is going to benefit from the upcoming war. Lord Krishna offers advice to Arjun to help him fulfill his warrior duties by basically explaining in depth the religious and moral law for individual conduct. He lets him know that everything needs to be done in selfless act. The whole film in the recitation of the Bhagavad Gita (calls for selfless action).

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    • Great observation. Indeed, repetition is of outmost importance in Eastern religions. Remember that sacred scriptures were oral for many centuries before becoming texts. Therefore, it worked as a mnemonic methodology to remember. Plus, a belief is only a though you keep thinking, so repetition is a key to true learning.

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  2. The persistent idea of how everything is relevant to each other reinforcing the idea of Brahman which all is one. This is introduced in the beginning of the film when the narrator is referring to Arjun discussing that the questions Arjun presents are the same questions that are at the same time being asked at the present, past, and future. Furthermore that the narrator is speaking through Arjun and that the questions are being answered not only to Arjun but to directly the narrator himself. The speech that Arjun receives from Krishna urges Arjun to know that it does not matter whether Arjun win or losses the war, or whether he is blind as to what he will gain or lose from the war and emphasizes that he must rise above that and perform his duty. For if he performs his Darhma he will be doing what is right despite the consequences. And that he must not look at his actions through a personal lenses and see it through a much broader scale as in the universe and the good of society. Krishna reminds him that life is action and to have the best result is to try to perform as much desireless action as possible because if he does not act someone else will. Additionally that if Arjun performs his duty without expectations of profit or loss, better yet of their being a good and bad side, he will be able to perform his duty and afterwards not feel happiness nor sorrow in his actions later on which could be used against him. Krishna blatantly proclaims that the person who is desireless, with no expectations of anything, cannot be disappointed or regretful for there is nothing to be disappointed about or regretful about. Krishna also lets Arjun know that he has the right as a being to do or not do action but the results are out of his control and to not try to control those things which he cannot, for it is enough that he did what he is able to do.

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