“What is the right way to think about this war? Should I fight?” the warrior-prince Arjuna asks Krishna, his mentor and charioteer, at the beginning of the Bhagavad Gita as they face the opposing army. Arjuna knows this war will destroy their civilization. His question leads to a dialogue spanning the 18 short chapters of the Gita, in which Krishna explains the fundamental teachings of yoga— that we all must perform actions, but if we learn to perform them with nonattachment, we can achieve the goals of yoga and life. Krishna describes four paths to attaining nonattachment.
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