Understanding the moral and ethical dimensions of the Bhagavad Gita

Theologia Viatorum

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Title Understanding the moral and ethical dimensions of the Bhagavad Gita
Creator Shunmugam, Mathias Yuvan Sukdaven, Maniraj
Subject Religion Studies; Theology; Religion; Morality; Hinduism Hinduism; morality; ethics; Bhagavad Gita; karma; dharma; religion studies
Description In Hinduism, there is a distinction made between dharma and karma. Both are essential for the purpose of reaching moksha. Dharma (moral) is the cosmic law or moral principle that governs an individual’s conduct and Karma is the result of past, present and future actions. To achieve good karma (ethical), it is important to live according to dharma. Therefore, in terms of morality in Hinduism, there is an obligation to fulfil one’s destiny as prescribed by the cosmic principle. Karma, on the other hand, serves as the ethical principle in achieving this moral obligation. This distinction is observed in the dilemma, which is played out in the story of Krishna and Arjuna as expressed in the Bhagavad Gita.Contribution: As a result, the contribution to understanding the morality of the Bhagavad Gita rests on Sri Krishna’s strong argument that an individual must set aside their own desires and aspire solely to perform actions that are aligned with the cosmic principle. This means that an individual has the moral obligation to perform those actions irrespective of whether they agree or disagree with the prescribed action. This article engages with the moral obligation and karmic actions, which seem to be at odds with each other, yet the moral obligation takes precedent.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2024-01-13
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Phenomenological; Literary Analysis
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/tv.v48i1.223
Source Theologia Viatorum; Vol 48, No 1 (2024); 8 pages 2664-2980 0378-4142
Language eng
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