The Teachings Of Bhagavad Gita Essay

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The Teachings of Bhagavad-Gita

The Bhagavad-Gita teaches many things, and amongst these, morality and moral law are developed for the Hindu religion. What Krishna, the primary Hindu god, declares in this somewhat epic poem to be the "basis of good in this world" (stanza 3, pg. 620 of text) is for people to take action. Action, as he goes on to state, is within the very nature of our beings to do. Krishna even states that "without action you even fail to sustain your own body" (stanza 8, pg. 620 of text). Thus, Krishna feels that action is very important and key. To take this concept as a relation to ethics, Krishna tells Arjuna, the warrior he is talking to in this poem, that ...view middle of the document...

Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty." (Bhagavad-Gita 2.47). Thus, so long as one does not profit from his own actions, the action itself is good. And, this is Krishna's prescription for leading a life of morality and duty is the moral law to follow in order to achieve this.
According to the Bhagavad-Gita and what Krishna declares to be moral law, moral code does, indeed transcend personal interests. Krishna declares, as has already been extensively mentioned, that in order to live a life of morality, one must detach himself from his actions and live according to his own duty. "Krishna urges Arjuna to do his duty because it is the work of a warrior a just war is something he should delight in being a part of." (http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?t=48085) It is Krishna's will that to live morally, one should act out of duty, very much as Immanuel Kant declares in his own philosophies. Thus, one must set aside his own goals, interests, and desires and act out of the duty of his own position in the world (ie, leading a nation if you are a king, fighting wars if you are a warrior, taking care of your home if you are a wife, etc.). So, moral law is universal, according to the Bhagavad-Gita, and this moral law is the law of duty.
My own views are not in accordance with the views described in the Bhagavad-Gita. I do believe that people ought to act out of duty, as Krishna declares to be essential to achieving supreme goodness...

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