“Even if Arjuna did not believe in the existence of the soul – as in the Vaibhashika philosophy – there would still have been no cause for lamentation. No one laments the loss of a certain bulk of chemicals and stops discharging his prescribed duty.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 2.26 Purport)
Friend1: Arjuna did not want to fight.
Friend2: Why not?
Friend1: Many reasons.
Friend2: Name a few.
Friend1: Loved ones on the other side.
Friend2: Such as?
Friend1: Cousins. Grandparents. Teachers. These were either directly family or treated as such.
Friend2: He was going to be weak of heart fighting against them?
Friend1: No; he was worried about the consequences to victory. The cost of war. Arjuna was something like a conscientious objector.
Friend2: What other reasons?
Friend1: He threw some good ones out there. If you kill respected people, then family traditions…
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