Good and Bad Desires: Implications of the Dialogue between Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna

  title={Good and Bad Desires: Implications of the Dialogue between Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna},
  author={Christopher G. Framarin},
  journal={International Journal of Hindu Studies},
The Bhagavad Glta's doctrine of niskamakarma, taken literally, is an injunction to act without desire. Contemporary interpreters tend not to take it literally, however. They argue that some specific subset of desires?like selfish, impassioned, or worldly desires?are prohibited and that others are permitted. Implicit in any interpretation of this kind is the distinction between desires that are justified and desires that are unjustified. If, for example, unselfish desires are permit ted and… 

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