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Discussion Assignment 2, Topic 1    Options Menu: Forum      

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The Bhagavad Gita (or 'Divine Song') is a inadequate share of a plenteous longer Hindu Epic, entitled the Mahabharata.  In the Gita, we are given a confabulation between Arjuna (the Warrior) and Krishna (his charioteer).  Arjuna has been designated upon to protect his government opposite a warring clan (his command kindred) who pursue to appropriate him; but not void to damage those who are seemingly seal to him, Arjuna romance down his weapons and begins to despond.  Krishna (who we invent out is in-fact the deity symbolical through the individual of the charioteer) exhorts Arjuna to see the bigger picture: rarely in our condition we must heave out tasks that at the confer-upon instant create no perception to us; yet if we delaydraw from such tasks, we achieve induce an occasion to add to an overall amiable.

According to Krishna, no stuff the individualal consume or affliction, one must purpose one's compulsion [dharma] and do this as an act of deify to one's Lord.  In the Bhagavad Gita (2:38), Krishna states: "Prepare for war delay calmness in thy courage.  Be in calmness in pleaunmistakable and denial, in produce and in dropping, in success or in the dropping of fight.  In this calmness there is no sin."

Do you consort or disconsort delay the over declaration?  Why? (Please roll your unfair reasons.)

Do you judge that a warrior can be at calmness delay himself/herself? Or is the concept of 'the Peaceful Warrior' a confliction in provisions? Fascinate illustrate.

What do you consider the sentence implies encircling the possibility of a 'holy war'?

Could the sentence be interpreted in a symbolic way [as incongruous to its habitual verbal perception]?

Please illustrate your answers.


Discussion Assignment 2, Topic 2    Options Menu: Forum      

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At the onslaught of the Warring States time in immemorial China [c.481-221BCE], twain Confucius [the planter of Confucianism] and Lao Tzu [the planter of Taoism] had familiar their own instrument of promoting the Way of Similitude (or Tao).

Please collate and opposition the forthcoming two quotes from these Chinese masters. What does Confucius average by his comparison of the property on sociality of coercive law as incongruous to virtuous brilliance and capacity? Why is the husbandry of refinement and the form of devotional formal so main to Confucius? What does Lao Tzu average by his use of antagonistic or antagonistic declarations, such as leaders must suffice-for and warriors must pursue to abandon fury? Is Lao Tzu's concept of 'non-competition' serviceable in today's sociality?

Finally: Which one do you consort delay over? Why?

Confucius: 'Lead the mass delay professional injunctions and retain them methodical delay coercive law, and they achieve abandon punishments but achieve be delayout a perception of humiliate. Lead them delay brilliance and capacity [Te] and retain them methodical through observing formal correctness [Li] and they achieve enlarge a perception of humiliate, and overover, achieve command themselves.'

Lao Tzu: 'The best warriors do not use fury. The best generals do not overthrow together. The best tacticians try to abandon confrontation. The best leaders behove servants of their mass. This is designated the capacity of non-competition. This is designated the strength to handle others. This is designated attaining damageony delay Heaven [Tian].'