RELS 200

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Shelby Tomita
RELS 200-001
Professor Gish
March 12, 2019
Finding Inner Peace
In both the Bhagavad-Gita and Siddhartha, they have a common theme of these main
characters finding inner peace. While both of these books have a similar common theme, the way
they get to this inner peace is different. The Gita states the outcomes of your actions do not
matter, however, the only thing that truly matters is achieving moksha. While in Siddhartha , it
states how you should follow multiple paths to find the right path and everything you take part in
has a reaction.
In both books, they discuss the role you must fulfill to reach inner peace within one’s
self. However, they both go almost total opposites of the path you must take. In the Gita, Krishna
tells Arjuna the life he is born into is the path he must follow for the rest of that life (Gita, 38).
Krishna further explains the life you are in, is one of many lives your atman will live. With each
life, you must follow that life’s dharma in order for the atman to one day finally reach moksha.
For Arjuna to fulfill his life now, he cannot think of the outcomes to follow of killing his family
in the war. But, to do his dharma within the moment and become detached from everything else.
Krishna explains this philosophy by stating, “Be intent on action, not on the fruit of action; avoid
attraction to the fruits and attachment to inaction” (Gita, 38). Krishna wants Arjuna to act on his
dharma for this life without any attachment to the results of any actions he does. In order to let
go of this attachment, one must be detached from all things materialistic or has sentimental value
and put all the energy a person has into that action and be in the moment. However, being
detached from desire does not mean giving up on the actions of the world and the life a person is
in, but the action is life itself. By doing actions in the world and not of the world, it is an act of
Loka Sangraha (Gita, 45). By doing the actions of one’s dharma for not of personal gains but for
the welfare of the world. To continue this Loka Sangraha, one must practice Dhyana yoga to
control the mind. Which Krishna explains Dhyana yoga by stating “disciplining himself, his
mind controlled, a man of discipline finds peace, the pure calm that exists in me” (Gita, 67). By