What is the ethical dilemma Arjuna faces in the Bhagavad-Gita, and what arguments does Krishna give him for resolving this dilemma?
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1. What is the ethical dilemma Arjuna faces in the Bhagavad-Gita, and what arguments does Krishna give him for resolving this dilemma? On balance, do you think Krishna makes a strong case?
2. A central theme in the Bhagavad-Gita is the ideal of unattached or desireless action. What is such action supposed to be? Is the ideal coherent and/or attainable?
3. The Bhagavad-Gita outlines three kinds of discipline or yoga. Give an account of these, and explain their goal(s).
4. Give an account of the three gunas, “qualities” or “modes,” said to characterize the operation of “nature” in the Bhagavad-Gita.
Essay, 1000-1500 words
1) A Source Book in Indian Philosophy (paperback), ed. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan & Charles A. Moore (Princeton University Press, 1967).
2) Sue Hamilton, Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2001).
3) Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught (Buddha Educational Foundation, 2004).
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