To Fight in a Righteous War: Varna and Moral Duty in India.

 To Fight in a Righteous War: Varna and Moral Duty in India. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Krishna tells Arjuna that the war is a righteous one. The Gita is actually a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna when Arjuna is confused whether to fight or not to fight against his own people (cousin brothers).

Entering the battle field Arjuna tells Krishna. “…station my chariot between the two armies, far enough for me to see the eager warriors in position—for, whom am I to fight in this enterprise of war?” (Bhagavad-Gita 1.21-22). But when Arjuna finds himself staring into the faces of his Kinsmen he laments to Arjuna that when he see all his family ready for war his limbs flatter and his mouth dries up. He says that there is no good in fighting and killing his own family in a war. He does not wish victory of this kind.

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He further says that “We have resolved to commit a great crime as we stand ready to kill family out of greed for kingship and pleasure! It were healthier for me if the [Kauravas], weapons in hand, were to kill me, unarmed and defenseless, on the battlefield!” (Bhagavad-Gita 1.30-34, 45) But Krishna pacifies Arjuna and at the end of the conversation prepares him for the war.

Krishna weaves through a range of complicated philosophical and religious themes. but from the point of view of the epic’s core description these themes are divergent to Krishna’s vital message: he tells Arjuna to set aside his moral sense, take up his bow, and fight and finally this is what Krishna persuaded Arjuna.

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