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Bhagavad-Gita. Wisdom literature. Meaning of title. “song of the lord” -most important text in the Hindu faith -found in the middle of the Mahabharata. Key terms. Non attached work: performance of the duty without concern for results

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Bhagavad gita

Bhagavad-Gita

Wisdom literature


Meaning of title

Meaning of title

“song of the lord”

-most important text in the Hindu faith

-found in the middle of the Mahabharata


Key terms

Key terms

Non attached work: performance of the duty without concern for results

Castes: rigid social structure in which each group has specified responsibilities


Main characters

Main characters

Sanjaya: narrator

Sri Krishna: brother-in-law to Arjuna, god in disguise

Arjuna: hero of warrior caste


Basic plot

Basic plot

  • Arjuna is presenting an argument with Sri Krishna because he fears fighting against his family and friends.

  • Krishna explains to Arjuna that as a warrior it is his duty to fight.

  • Krishna tells Arjuna that the eternal soul has no reason for grief over the temporary body.

  • Krishna then explains that even if Arjuna was to die in war, he would still attain heaven because he has done his rightful duty.


Moral

Moral

  • The ultimate goal of enlightenment is achieved by Wise Action.

  • Wise Action is when you do your duty only, without personal attachment.

  • One can act without personal attachment by pleasuring God. This frees a person from impurity and sin.


Bhagavad gita

A true hero acts without CONCERN for the effects on his own life.


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