Bhaja Govindam- Story 9 Verse 8

Verse 8

Kaate kaantaa kaste putrah samsaaro

ayamatiiva vichitrah kasya

tvam kah kuta aayaatah

tattvam chintaya tadiha bhraatah

Who is your wife? Who is your son? Very wonderful indeed is this samsara. Who are you? From where have you come? Oh, Brother! Reflect on that truth here. Seek Govinda!

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Story based on verse 8

The story of Mahabharata war

When Krishna drove Arjuna to the battlefield to fight with the Kauravas for the cause of righteousness and halted the chariot right before his opponents; Arjuna was trembling and in a deep state of anguish seeing all his relatives and gurus with whom he was supposed to fight. Turning to his friend and charioteer, Arjuna cried out; ‘O Krishna, I see my own relations here anxious to fight, and my limbs grow weak; my mouth is dry, my body shakes, and my hair is standing on end. My skin burns, and the bow Gandiva has slipped from my hand; my mind seems to be whirling.’

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Arjuna was the most valiant warrior known. Why was he not willing to fight?  This was because Arjuna was not sure whether he was doing the right thing. He and his Pandava brothers wanted a minimally fair share of their material inheritance, but the devious, stubborn, and unjust Kauravas rebuffed them repeatedly. Though his cause was righteous enough, Arjuna felt miserable. He continued, ‘O Krishna, I have no desire for victory, or for a kingdom or pleasures. Of what use is a kingdom or pleasure or even life, if those for whose sake we desire these things—teachers, fathers, sons, grandfathers, uncles, in-laws, grandsons and others with family ties—are engaging in this battle, renouncing their wealth and their lives? Even if they were to kill me, I would not want to kill them, not even to become ruler of the three worlds. How much less for the earth alone? We are prepared to kill our own relations out of greed for the pleasures of a kingdom. Better for me if the Kauravas were to attack me in battle and kill me unarmed and unresisting.’

Krishna tells Arjuna that his sorrow is misguided. Those who grasp the true nature of reality, he says, ‘grieve neither for the living nor for the dead. There has never been a time when you and I and the kings gathered here have not existed, nor will there be a time when they will cease to exist. … The body is mortal, but he who dwells in the body is immortal and immeasurable. Therefore, Arjuna, fight in this battle.’ It is out of ignorance of the true nature of reality, he says, that we call one man a slayer, another man slain. ‘There is neither slayer nor slain. You were never born; you will never die.’ 

Even without your participation, all the warriors gathered here will die. Therefore arise, Arjuna; conquer your enemies and enjoy the glory of sovereignty. I have already slain all these warriors; you will only be my instrument.’ The war hasn’t even begun and Krishna says, ‘Bhishma, Drona, Jayadrata, Karna, and many others are already slain. Kill those whom I have killed. Do not hesitate. Fight in this battle and you will conquer your enemies.

Essence

It is said; “Manushya janmam durlabham”; it is only after great and good merits done in many past lives one gets chance to be born as a human. Human being is the only creation of the Lord; who has the capacity to realise and attain Him. But being born as humans we get entrapped in attachments, our sorrows, joys etc which we think are real. Upon self enquiry and learnings from the great Masters we will know that all these worldly existence are all a delusion. These are unreal and temporary. The only reality is that we are not this body; we are the Brahman or supreme self. Great Masters and Jnanis have realised this truth. Hindu scriptures often use the lotus flower and its leaf as metaphors. The plant though thriving in water, its leaf never gets wet. This symbolises the nature of a Jnani or a realised person who is ever blissful, untouched by the sorrows and the changes which is characteristic of the world.

It is not easy to realise this. It is a long process. Each of us may take many births to understand this. But once we atleast know about this we can begin the process of self enquiry by taking baby steps towards this. Each of us are in different levels of spiritual journey and ultimately each of us will reach that goal. A wise seeker will take this opportunity of learning from his Master/scriptures and progress towards this path of self enquiry rather than being pulled in the mire of delusion and attachment.

Story adapted from http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2011/12/the-bhagavad-gita-revisited-part-2.html

 

 

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