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By (Hindu deity) Krishna; Bryant, Edwin Francis

Within the West Krishna is essentially often called the speaker of the Bhagavad Gita. however it is the tales of Krishna's adolescence and his later exploits that experience supplied probably the most very important and common assets of non secular narrative within the Hindu non secular panorama. This quantity brings jointly new translations of consultant samples of Krishna spiritual literature from numerous genres -- classical, well known, neighborhood, sectarian, poetic, literary, and philosophical

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By the end he will make her a great gift of his own devising. 2–5)—nothing new to him, but perhaps she doesn’t know that. Then she gets to the point: ‘‘It is not proper, son, especially for you, that, without knowing your brothers, you serve the Dhartarashtras from delusion [mohad]. In decisions about men’s dharma, this is the fruit of dharma, son—that his father, and one-eyed mother too,41 are satisfied’’ (6–7). Is she saying that as the fruit of her dharma Karna should satisfy her? ’ You are a heroic Partha’’ (12).

You are a heroic Partha’’ (12). An elitist, Kunti appeals to what can only be Karna’s sorest spot. 1–2b). Unlike the Pandavas, who have only their mother’s word to obey when she orders them to share equally,42 Karna hears his mother’s command reinforced by his father’s. This is a lot of pressure from these absentee parents, but ‘‘Karna’s thought did not waver, for he was firm in truth’’ (3). He tells Kunti he does not doubt her word; it would be his gateway to dharma to carry out her command (niyoga).

19ab). To Kunti’s self-serving ‘‘crying out’’ (anukrosha), Karna responds with ‘‘noncruelty’’ (anrishamsya)! 43 But in this impasse, the two cannot be one—unless they are implicitly one in Karna. ’’ But her closing words are remorseless. Embracing Karna, recognizing that his words mean destruction for the Kauravas and that ‘‘fate is all-powerful,’’ she says: ‘‘promise your commitment to that pledge you have given [tvaya . . dattam tat pratijanihi samgarapratimocanam], enemyplougher, for the safety [abhayam] of your four brothers.

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