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Bhakti and Karma in the Bhagavad Gita In the Indian epic Mahabharata, when the battle of Kurukshetra was about to begin between the armies of the Pandavas and Kauravas, the third Pandava: Arjuna was overcome with a feeling of despondency. He felt depressed at having to fight against the members of his own clan…
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The Gita is regarded as the sacred text of the Hindu religion. The Chapter 3 of the Bhagavad Gita describes the main principles of “Karma Yoga” while chapter 12 gives an account of the basic tenets of “Bhakti Yoga”. (Swami xv) Karma Marga and Bhakti Marga According to Lord Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the Bhagavad Gita, people who work should follow the “Path of Action” or “Karma Yoga” in their journey towards enlightenment. The word “karma” denotes “action”. The person who practices the Path of Right Action is called the “Karma Yogi”. His mind monitors his senses and he is able to perform his actions remaining detached with them. The Supreme Lord advises the great Arjuna and thus the entire mankind to perform their respective duties and to undertake the necessary actions to accomplish those duties. Persons undertaking actions are usually restrained by their own activities, unless the actions are offered as a sacrifice. Therefore, people should offer their actions as objects of sacrifice which will help them to remain unattached. Lord Krishna further declares that “All action originates in the Supreme Spirit, which is Imperishable and in all sacrificial action the all-pervading Spirit is consciously present.” (S. p.27; 3.15). ...
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