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In the book Bhagavad-Gita Arjuna a warrior prince is faced with a moral dilemma On one side of the coin his duty to his fellow men is at stake and on the reverse side the killing of innocent men like himself morally horrifies him to his senses In response to Arjunas wavering decision Krishnas tells him to fight His reasoning lies behind the principle of defending what is innocent and deemed good from what is evil You grieve for those beyond grief and you speak words of insight but learned men do not grieve for the dead or the living He also states that greed has always been in society From these seeds of desire the creation of turmoil and conflict initiates its growth Thus it is Arjunas duty to fight against this greed No one exists for even an instant without performing action however unwilling every being is forced to act by the qualities of nature 41 From this Krishna makes his main point about the morally right way to execute this moral dilemma Be intent on action not on the fruits of action avoid attraction to the fruits and attachment to inaction Perform actions firm in discipline relinquishing attachment be impartial to failure and success- this equanimity is called discipline pg 36In the first statement Krishna says Be intent on action not on the fruits of action 36 From this passage Krishna teaches Arjuna that he must be firm on his execution of his duty He must not falter However he states that Arjuna must also remember that his duty is not the duty of others is not a way to advance oneself on the power richter scale and is not to gain respect of his fellow kinsman His kinsman are the ones driven by desire striving after heaven and contriving to win powers and delights with the obsession of powers and delights 35-6 Arjuna on the other hand is forced to
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