Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga Concepts in the Essay Bhagavad-Gita.

Krishna using the concept Karma Yoga, making an attempt to convince the archer Arjuna to take part in the battle, instructs him that he has no right to results of his actions or “fruit”, he has right only to the actions themselves. Karma Yoga is an equability of mind which is reached by the drawing of the all five senses in, like head and legs of a turtle.

This totally non-consequentialist viewpoint is not a wise instrument to decide right actions. Without taking into account the consequences of our actions we lose the ability to live and act morally. If a society was to take these concepts as instance of proper human conduct, and followed them individually, these people would demonstrate all the characteristics of what psychoanalysts define nowadays as psychopathic. A psychopath, by definition, pays no attention to the physical and emotional influence of their actions on other people they act merely out of self motivation.

The final argument Krishna uses to convince Arjuna to take part in the battle includes the concept of bhakti. In this chapter Krishna tells Arjuna the truth of world around him. The first novel fact involves the immorality of the soul. Krishna has indisputable proof that our souls are immoral, and he says Arjuna that he has lived many lives and Arjuna too, but Krishna remembers them and the archer does not. But Krishna provides no evidence of such statement, he does not even tell about a single event from his past life to show his ability to have complete recollection of all his past lives. The second novel fact is that Krishna is in actual fact god incarnate in human body. He says that in spite of him being unborn and immortal and being the lord of all creatures, he is brought into being through his power.

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