Professor Adam Miller
September 20, 2010
Throughout the Bhagavad-Gita, one reoccurring theme was detachment through the practice of discipline, creates an evenness of mind. To obtain joy you need to let go of the desire of joy itself. The detachment of one’s own desires is called liberation and the only way to get there is through discipline. The verse from the second teaching is important to an overall understanding of the Gitas sense of liberation, because it focuses on finding balance within oneself through the practice of discipline.
The passage I have chosen is taken from the second teaching verse 48: “perform actions, firm in discipline relinquishing attachment; be impartial to failure and success- this equanimity is called discipline( Gita-38).” The passage is taken from Bhagavad-Gita, which is a sacred Hindu text. The Bhagavad was written in the first century A.D and is part of the Mahabharata. This book starts on the battlefield of Kurakshetta, where two brothers are battling over their families’ kingdom. The Gila is the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna leading up to the battle. Grief and pity right before the battle overcomes Arjuna, which is the youngest brothers’ son. The god Krishna explains to Arjuna his dharma duty to fight so he can restore his own karma. The overall themes of the text are understanding dharma, how to be liberated, and a love beyond desire. Im going to focus on how Krishna explains the path of liberation.
This passage proposes stepping outside the praise of success or the condemnation of failure, a person will find liberation through the practice of discipline. The argument in standard format is; Reason 1: perform actions firm in discipline relinquishing attachment Reason 2: be impartial to failure and success
Claim: this equanimity is called discipline
When looking at the first reason “perform actions firm in discipline relinquishing...