What good is accomplished as Arjuna stands in inaction, aware that his own kinsmen must be destroyed as commanded by Krishna? Inaction is controlled by the self for one’s own desires, just as action is something that is done for one’s own desires. Action revolves around karma, the idea that every action has its own fruits of action; the fruits represent the consequences that go along with the action, so by taking inaction, Arjuna must realize that there are consequences to not following Krishna’s counsel.
Now what would be the consequence if Arjuna decides to follow Krishna’s counsel? In Arjuna’s position, we can relate to him that by killing our own kinsmen, we grieve their death, but as Krishna explains, he says this, “Therefore, arise and win glory! Conquer your foes and fulfill your kingship! They are already killed by me” (Miller, 103). What Krishna is trying to say is that he is the creator and destroyer of all, he is the omnipotent ruler. As a God, we assume that because he is something far greater than us, that he speaks the truth. In your perspective, you may think all this is just a story and come to conclude that there is no such being, and why should we take counsel to anyone, and why doesn’t he just ignore Krishna and walk away.
In Krishna’s dealings, he speaks to Arjuna to fulfill a sacred duty. Arjuna must not walk away because I believe he feels obligated to do such a task, such as when you are prompted to do something. In some instances when I don’t... [continues]
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