November 13, 2018

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 1 Arjuna Visaada Yoga; 7th part

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To summarize; Arjuna says to Sri Krishna, “I came to this battlefield fully resolved to fight, hence I asked you to position my chariot between the two armies, in order that I have a good look at my friends and enemies. See what happened where I looked for enemies I can see only people worthy of being worshipped. I cannot stand here for an instant more, the very idea of slaughtering these men makes me tremble, I cannot see any good in this fighting. My limbs fail/quail, my mouth is desiccated, my body trembles, my hair stands on end, the bow slips from my hand and my skin feels as if burning all over, I am unable to stand and my mind is whirling all over. What is the use of a throne with all its pleasures or of life itself, when those for whom we should exert are dead? I do not want triumph in war nor do I want the kingdom, I see before me everyone with whom I can claim human relationship, I shall not raise my hand against them even for an empire. I consider it sinful to kill my cousins even though they are perverted in their ambitions; should we annihilate a whole clan to correct the misdeeds of the rulers; happiness cannot be reached through the infliction of death. Others do not see this and are about to fight in the pursuit of their greed but I am now wise to the issues of destroying the family, with the family wiped out the ancient obligations of family also go and there would be no life without law. I do not want to be addicted to the evils of greed and the sense of revenge as my adversaries In an anarchistic state there can be nothing but sin, with one felony, other evils creep in and the greatest of them all would be a regular life of vice amongst the women of the clan. The progeny of such a life would have no fixed qualities nor a tradition, this misdemeanour destroys not only the future of the ethnic group but also the past, including the peace of the ancestors. When there is evil in a family it spreads in the people and envelops the realm like fire which has gripped one house and spreading through the whole street if left unchecked. Through the destruction of the family I see eternal damnation. I cannot understand how we started this war, it would be better for me that my cousins should kill me without any arms in my hands and unresisting.” With these words Arjuna jumped out of the chariot and threw away his weapons and stood in the middle of the battle-field, a broken man and a pitiable figure.

Broadly the delusion in Arjuna can be construed from an approach that is intriguing; the situation incited in Arjuna a state of physical incapacitation which situation compelled him to rationalize his inability; however most of his questions have great moral relevance.  Arjuna sees the war as a cavernous mouth wanting to devour all forms of being and this frightens him, he wants to escape, he sees the blind and helpless march into the mouth of the homicide, he sees sin, he feels guilty, he laments the destruction of tradition. His mind is overwhelmed with sorrow he casts aside his bow and arrows, he sits down in his chariot seat.  Arjuna passes through an immense sacred stress; he faces the world as a stranger thrown into an intimidating commotion. Most of us go through life without facing the ultimate questions; it is in rare crises, when our aspirations lie in ruins we realize in agony and the sad mess we have made of our lives   .

Recommended 1. Introduction of Srimad Bhagavad Gita

2. Chapter 1 Arjuna Visaada Yoga; 1st part

3.  Chapter 1 Arjuna Visaada Yoga; 2nd part

4.  Chapter 1 Arjuna Visaada Yoga; 3rd part

5.  Chapter 1 Arjuna Visaada Yoga; 4th part

6.  Chapter 1 Arjuna Visaada Yoga; 5th part

7.  Chapter 1 Arjuna Visaada Yoga; 6th part

The torment of Arjuna is not the predicament of a coward in the face of an impending danger, in this the period of his gloom, beginning with pity and proceeding to philosophical, and religious considerations all have the foundation, a very respectable decree, a careful reading reveals no contradiction of Arjuna’s opinions, but a re-valued statement of Arjuna’s position in absolute terms. This chapter is meant to indicate the nature of Arjuna’s spiritual agony which towards the conclusion of this chapter attains the status of religious conflict based on sin. Though superficially Arjuna’s scruples are ostensibly vague, yet they have the strength and virility of a representative disbeliever of his time and the dilemma of Arjuna deserves to be treated as yoga

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