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Governments Influence and the Bhagavad-Gita Barbara Stoler Millers translation of The Bhagavad-Gita reveals the teachings of Krishna to the Hindu people during a war in which individuals question the morality of their situation One interesting aspect is how rulers play into the text and how the teachings of Krishna support and veer away from the leadership of the people There are many characteristics of the Hindu people that make them agreeable to government rule however most of them have a downside as well There are many ways in which these teachings assist the government Krishna teaches that people must do their duty It is stated Always perform with detachment any action you must do performing action with detachment one achieves supreme good Miller 43 Through detaching themselves from their required duties and by seeing through what they are asked to do including things asked to do by the government leaders such as fighting a war they are gaining religiously in the end This helps leaders because it gives them an extra boost when trying to control the people or make them do something they are not happy about The people can be reminded of their duty and then will feel the need to conform with the government and will detach themselves from what must be done but it will still be done The downside of this is a question of do people perform as well if their heart is not in it Are they as likely to win a war they are detached to as one they are passionate about Perhaps this is not an issue and the inspiration comes from not failing at your duty Look to your own duty do not tremble before it If you fail to wage this war of sacred duty you will abandon your own duty and fame only to gain evil 34 The idea of classes also relates to governance If the people are divided
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