Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Arjuna's grief

HARI  OM  

Practical  steps  to spirituality-  section  6  part  51

The  Gita  revisited. 

Arjuna's  grief. 

                     At  a  time  when  Arjuna  should  have  been  fighting  the  war  , he  sat  down  in  his  chariot  putting  down  his  bow and  arrows    with  feelings  of  dejection. As  he  stood  in  the  middle  of  the  war  field  and  as  the  war  was   about  to  begin,  he  suddenly  felt  confused  and  nervous  and  had  a  psychological  breakdown  thinking  that  he  would  be  the  cause  of  the  death  of  his  grandfather  and  that  of  his  revered  teacher  and  a  host  of  others  . At  one  point   of  time  he  had  the  fear that   the  Pandavas  would  lose  the  war. . 

                 He  had  viewed  the  war  from  a  faulty  perception  of  himself  and  the  situation  he  was  in  and  had  allowed  his  emotions  to  gain  ground  . He  had  put  his  personal  feelings  in  the  war. He  forgot  that  wars  were  fought  on  ideologies  and  not  on  personalities. . He  felt  "  I"  will  be  killing"  my " relatives     "   I"  do not  want  to  fight  even  for  the  sake  of  wealth  or  kingdom. . He  became  highly  confused  ,  nervous  and  full  of  anxiety  .  and  hence  began  giving  faulty  arguments  for   not  willing  to  fight  this  war.   . So  after  exhausting  all  the  possible   arguments  ,  he  put  down  his  bow  and  arrow  in  utter  despondency  and  desperation 

                   All  of  us  in  a  deeper  sense  are  in  Arjuna's  mental  condition  . We  therefore  feel  empathy  for  Arjuna  because  we  would  probably  be  doing  the  same  thing  if  placed  in  the  similar  situation. . The  Lord  showed  Arjuna  that  the  war  could  be  viewed  in  from  different  angles  . He  was  given  a  holistic  vision  to  view  the  war  from  many  perspectives. . Arjuna's  love  and  respect  for  his   grandfather,    guru   and  relatives   and  his  thoughts  on  dharma  would  have  been  well  appreciated  and  applauded  if  his  words  were  not  the  result  of  his  despondency  , confusion  and  fear.. If  his  feelings  were  expressed  in  a  different  place  and  time  , it  would  have  been  correct. But  to  talk  about  peace  just  when  the  war  was  about  to  begin  was  indeed  inappropriate. 

to  be  continued..... 



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