The Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 5, Religion by Renouncing Fruit of Works Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5, Religion by Renouncing Fruit of Works Summary and Analysis

Early in this chapter, the anonymous author makes a point that may be puzzling—that the self that is most strongly associated with egotistic wishes is rather like a horse bucking against the path of life that an individual must take. Once this self is abandoned, the person, much like the peaceful horse freely moving along the same path, will achieve effortlessly and without a stubborn sense of self. The translator lists Krishna as having said, "Nought of myself do I do!" The yogic attitude is one not of helplessness but of selfless subsumption into the divine and life.

Brahma takes the center of significance during this chapter. Here again there is a clear cultural difference. Brahma is what the Hindu would call the Creator and the One...

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