Central Tenets of the Bhagwat Geeta – 3 – Atman & Kshatriya Sva-Dharma

Editor’s Note: In this series of articles, we try to distill the Central Tenets of the Bhagwat Geeta as they are discussed across various chapters. The first tenet we discussed was Bhakti of Bhagwan. The second tenet we discussed was Karma Yog. Today, we discuss the Centrality of the Atman and Sva-Dharma of the Warrior.

The Bhagwat Geeta is a dialogue between Shree Krishna and Arjun. This is a dialogue that takes place at the beginning of the most destructive war in history, the Mahaa-Bhaarat War. Recall that Arjun is grief stricken at the thought of killing his kin and friends. 

This is why the teachings of Shree Krishna about the Dharma of a Warrior and the distinction between killing the mortal body and the indestructibility of Atman are central to The Bhagwat Geeta. 

We refer readers to the distinction between Atman and Aham-Kaar in the article Reflections on the Bhagwat Geeta – Chapter XIII – The Basis of Yog. This discussion is so important that it is described in the Geeta as यः पश्यति सः पश्यति or he who understands (this), he understands (the real Dnyaan or wisdom).

The immortal verses that discuss the indestructibility of the Atman were covered in Section 2 of Chapter 2

After Shree Krishna teaches Arjun about the indestructibility of Atman, He instructs Arjun about the Dharma of the Warrior. The verses 31-38 of Chapter 2 have been the foundation of Dharma-Yuddha or Just War since then.

Allow us to refer to Section 3 of Chapter 2 for a full discussion of  क्षत्रिय or Kshatriya (Warrior) Dharma.

The discussion of these issues in our previous article was detailed. We are not sure how to condense that discussion any further. That is why we are content to simply provide links to that discussion.

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