On the significance of death rituals according to the Bhagavad Gita (Arjuna's doubt and Krishna's reply)

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On the significance of death rituals according to the Bhagavad Gita (Arjuna's doubt and Krishna's reply)

Post by Seva Lamberdar on Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:08 am

Arjuna (in the Gita -- Ch. 1: V. 40-44): There will not be proper religious rituals for the departed (dead) ancestors, and it will result in the suffering (hell) for that family (living members and the dead / departed).

Krishna (in the Gita -- Ch. 2: V. 2-3, 11-13, 17, 22, 27; Ch. 16: V. 19-22): Arjuna’s concerns and objections to doing his duty (fighting the battle for righteousness) are baseless. For example, there is no death of the soul (in a battle or elsewhere) and it only changes the body at the time of death according to the previous karma (actions). Moreover, there are no benefits or losses to it later, even from the religious rituals afterwards by others. Eternal soul’s condition (good or bad) after death and the attainment of everlasting peace and salvation are essentially dependent on a person’s attitude and conduct (good or bad) while living (the Gita: Ch. 2 – V. 71-72).

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