In the Bhagavard Gita, LordKrishna reasons with Arjuna by presenting him with many arguments as to why heshould fight in a great battle against his family and friends.Arjuna does not want to fight. He does not understand why he must shed hisfamily’s blood for a kingdom he doesn’t necessary want. However, Krishnastipulates why it is Arjuna’s dharmic duty to fight and that he must fight in orderto restore his karma(fate). In Chapter 2, Krishna explains that if youbelieve in the cycle of karma, you will understand that death only applies tothe physical body, and you will have the opportunity to be reborn again.
I wasfascinated by the way this concept was illustrated in verse 22, “Someone who has abandoned worn out garments sets outto clothes himself in brand new raiment; just so, when it has cast off worn-outbodies, the embodied one will encounter others.” (12) Krishna encourages Arjuna not to see thisaction through the eyes of a murder or a victim, but to fulfil his dharma(duty) by completing this non-desirable action. In verse 31, Krishna assuresarjuna that he should not be afraid to carry out his duty as a warrior becausehe’s engaging in a righteous battle.
To which he adds that turning away from sucha battle is immoral since arjuna would abandon both his duty and the honor ofhis name. I find this very interesting because any person in their right mindwould consider the negative consequences of engaging in a violent battleagainst his own people and would decide not to act. In the text, Arjuna is confusedby the idea that his way of thinking is inferior to action. Krishna explainsthat following a path of service through action and seeking spiritual growthwill lead to higher wisdom and that avoiding action will not help wisdom togrow. I found this very intriguing. In a way Krishna is saying that arjunaneeds to act to set an example for his people. From a religious stand point, thisis very similar to Christianity and the idea that Jesus Christ was not requiredto die on the cross but had to set an example for his people.