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Different Perceptions of Duty in the United States and Hindu societies in the as Evidenced in the Bhagavad Gita

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It is my opinion that in the United States, we often use the phrase “duty bound” to describe when we have no choice in the matter at hand. There are two different ideas of duty in the US and in Hinduism. The concept of duty in the US society is similar to chores, and looked at as necessary tools to reach an objective. One’s duties change throughout one’s life in US society as they assume different roles like being a child, a student, an adult, and a parent. However, “One’s duty in life is one’s dharma. This essentially means that you have to live by your inner Truth rather than our selfish desires. One must do one’s duty.” Dharma is considered a tool to displace ones needs to attain the unity of oneself with Vishnu, but duty in the US acts as a tool to live life more efficiently. The reason as to why they complete their duty or dharma is the main difference in the two societies.
Arjuna and Krishna’s, the incarnation of Vishnu, are the central characters in the Gita. In the Gita Arjuna learns what dharma is for him and portrays this life lesson to all other Hindus as well. Arjuna ...


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