The Bhagavad Gita
THE BHAGAVAD GITA
Sometimes, out of ignorance or arrogance, humans may choose to disobey the will of the spirits or the Gods. The delusions of mortals tangled with their heart desires may hinder their full commitment into submitting to the will of serving a mighty and Supreme Being. Even when there no solid reason behind refusing to execute holy orders they may still choose to defy them. People sometimes will choose to follow what they understand. The nature of humans is very complex. What they believe in blinds their sense of reasoning and to some extent their willingness to obey. It will be ardent to first comprehend the nature of such characters to fully have the vast knowledge to differentiate between being hard headed or the strong will to act by what is truly right and righteous in the sacred eyes of the gods. But could it be because of the fact that some of these reasons are misunderstood? Or is it due to the fact that we tend to judge such individuals harshly?
The Pandava clan, in Bhagavad Gita, was close to being totally annihilated. Half of what they owned in the kingdom had been taken away from them in a gamble. A roll of the dice to be specific. The people of Pandava had been turned into slaves. They were constantly submitted to public humiliations like being stripped naked and other demeaning and unjustifiable doings. Pandava clan had lost their honor and respect. The treatment was cruel and very harsh. There was an urgent need for them to be delivered from their transgressors and set free to lead their normal lives again. Arjuna, under the instructions of Lord Krishna, who had reincarnated himself, was to go to war to liberate his own people from anarchy. Sri Krishna chose, out of his own wisdom to leave the splendid glory of where he resided and reincarnate himself to be able to mingle with the mortals. Arjuna was chosen to be his designated chariot driver. Some of the people Arjuna was going to war with were perceived to be his friends and relatives.
The fact of letting his own people fight did not go down with Arjuna. He felt guilty and totally uncomfortable with his conscience fighting alongside them. Arjuna felt a sense of loyalty towards them and could not in any manner possible, bring himself together to engage in act of war with them. Because of this reason, he saw it was prudent for him to boycott the war. He could not bring himself together to see the death of his friends and teachers. In a powerful exhibition of defiance, he cast down his bows and arrows and declined to engage in any form of military altercation with the other party.
Arjuna, later on though, realizes his mistake of not fighting. He submits in a meek manner to the infallible Lord Krishna and gives his candid reasons for not fighting. Arjuna, prince of Pandava explains explicitly that he did not want to commit murder and end up sinning against the Supreme Being. The transcendental importance he attaches to Lord Krishna is heartwarming. Lord Krishna, out of unending love does not punish Arjuna but streamlines his narrow knowledge of what is right and what is wrong in his eyes.
Responsively, Lord Krishna clears the air of misunderstanding that Arjuna has. He assures that no sin will befall Arjuna in the midst of carrying out the duties installed upon him. The infallible Lord Krishna had exhausted all meaningful avenues in order not to engage in a military action but the Duryodhana king was hard headed. In his wisdom, fighting the Duryodhana was not his first option in mitigating the murky predicaments that the Pandava faced. But the Pandava had to be liberated in any manner possible. He, Sri Krishna, reassures Arjuna that fighting is the only way out. Arjuna has to possess the wisdom to discern when fighting is an absolute necessity. The advantage and spoils of having knowledge will erase any form of sinful actions and deeds he commits, especially in the aspect of taking up arms to fight for his people. The oppressed people of Pandava clan need Arjuna to lead them into the freedom they crave so much for.
The Gita, in this context, has to be fully analyzed, and what it represents comprehended. The journey that entails spiritual metamorphosis in the lives of all mortals. Arjuna is willing to leave the fighting aspect and spend the rest of his life in a spiritual attachment and deep contemplation seeking divine interpretation and serving Lord Krishna. However, Arjuna is reminded of the real purpose of the Vedas and why it is correct for most souls to be uplifted to the point whereby they attain the same consciousness as that of Lord Krishna. He urges Arjuna to ignore all that his mind admires and focus on the assignment that Lord Krishna has bestowed upon him, to fight for the freedom of his people.
The main parts involving the transcendental knowledge is explained to Arjuna. The part of having disciple succession is distinctly outlined. The disciples have to adhere strongly to the will and purposes of their leader. A relationship of the soul between a legit and true master of the spirits and a loyal follower cuts the niche for the latter to live a well-protected life. Various paths had been outlined by Lord Krishna but three always stand out. The path of devotion (Karma Yoga), Path of knowledge (Jnama Yoga) and the path of respect (Bhakti Yoga).
After casting all his doubts, Arjuna is more than willing to serve the higher purpose. He fully understands what is needed of him. He differentiates between serving his own conscience and serving a higher purpose. He is in fact very glad that all the doubts and unnecessary fear he felt had being cleared up by Sri Krishna. Arjuna has no alternative but regains the will and desire to execute Sri Krishna’s will and orders. His actions of going to war against Duryodhana will be rendered justifiable and inconsequential.
From the simple fact that he did not want to shed the blood of his friends and teachers says a lot about his character. He was loyal and carried no ill feelings towards them despite the fact that those from the Duryodhana side had chosen to enslave his own people. As a matter of fact, he had lost his wife to one of his oppressors, something that should have motivated him to slay his enemies. He urges Sri Krishna to drive his chariot to separate the two parties from fighting each other.
Arjuna loves peace and dislikes bloodbath. Initially, he leaves his place with a resolve to fight for the freedom and dignity of the Pandava clan. War trumpets are blown as he leads his people to the battlefield. On reaching there, he glares at the full reality of what might happen if the war takes place. His relatives and people he really cares about will perish. This haunts him and he cannot take it anymore. He has no way out but rather to boycott the war. His loving and caring nature drains his guts to fight the oppressors. He fears not only sinning but the aftermath of the bloodbath and death of his people.
The will to impress Sri Krishna stands out in this scenario. Actually one of his reasons for not fighting is his fear to annoy Lord Krishna. He does not want to commit murder and shorten his favor in the eyes of the Supreme Being. Even after defying the will of Sri Krishna, he seeks his presence and narrates his fears of committing a sin. He wants vivid and rigid explanations as to why he should submit himself to the order that entails fighting. Lord Krishna, in his undying compassion and having understood the mental blindness binding his servant takes a lengthy period to offer valid explanations to Arjuna. His patience is manifested in trying to make Arjuna understand that fighting will not make him lesser devoted to the teachings and holy ways of Sri Krishna. He expels all doubts until Arjuna is willing to retake his weapons and go back to the battlefield.
Failure to comprehend the nature of something may lead to unwarranted sinning. Individuals, out of fearing to sin may decide to forfeit their duties and obligations. There is need to fully understand the teachings before deciding on what to do. This is better than listening to delusions offered by the mind. Lord Krishna explains that with knowledge, no sin will be committed. Knowledge acts as a source of light in a dark pathway.
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