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What’s It All About?

January 5, 2016


What’s It All About?

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gītā Summarized

sanjaya uvaca
evam uktva hrsikesam
gudakesah parantapah
na yotsya iti govindam
uktva tusnim babhuva ha
sañjayaḥ uvāca—Sañjaya said; evam—thus; uktvā—speaking; hṛṣīkeśam—unto Kṛṣṇa, the master of the senses; guḍākeśaḥ—Arjuna, the master at curbing ignorance; parantapaḥ—the chastiser of the enemies; na yotsye—I shall not fight; iti—thus; govindam—unto Kṛṣṇa, the giver of pleasure; uktvā—saying; tūṣṇīm—silent; babhūva—became; ha—certainly.
Sañjaya said: Having spoken thus, Arjuna, chastiser of enemies, told Kṛṣṇa, “Govinda, I shall not fight,” and fell silent.
Dhṛtarāṣṭra must have been very glad to understand that Arjuna was not going to fight and was instead leaving the battlefield for the begging profession. But Sañjaya disappointed him again in relating that Arjuna was competent to kill his enemies (parantapaḥ). Although Arjuna was for the time being overwhelmed with false grief due to family affection, he surrendered unto Kṛṣṇa, the supreme spiritual master, as a disciple. This indicated that he would soon be free from the false lamentation resulting from family affection and would be enlightened with perfect knowledge of self-realization, or Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and would then surely fight. Thus Dhṛtarāṣṭra’s joy would be frustrated, since Arjuna would be enlightened. by Kṛṣṇa and would fight to the end.


How many times have we heard ourself say, “Okay, that’s it! I’m done! I can’t do it anymore. I’m tired. I quit.”
In this age of seeming chaos and destruction, where everything from environmental disasters to terrorism pepper the everyday news, things can often feel overwhelming. In our own personal lives, issues of finances, health, career and family can also burden us daily.
Life can be pretty difficult sometimes.
Two of the core teachings from the Gita could probably be summarized with the words, “When life gets rough, don’t quit.” And “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.”
You see Arjuna, the main character in this book, is facing some pretty tough times. He’s on a battle field and most of his family is on the other side ready to kill him.
Hmmm… Sound familiar? Haven’t we all faced that one at least once in our life? I know I have.
And while Arjuna’s war actually involved weapons and killing, our own battles can often feel just as deadly. And in some cases, depending on our situation, they may be.
But the Gita teaches us in the upcoming verses that life is important and we shouldn’t just quit when we are frightened or seem overwhelmed. Everything has a purpose. It’s not whether we win or lose, it is truly how we play the game.
As the verses unfold, the Bhagavad Gita lays out a whole plan for surviving the battles and scars of daily life, and gives us the knowledge that the material world is a temporary location and there is something far greater at stake than just our physical survival. There’s a way back to Eden, to paradise, to heaven, so we should be diligent not to screw that up.
So don’t give up. Stand your ground. Be strong. Fight the good fight. God is on your side. Worry about how you take each day not if you will be successful in the big “material win” at the end of it. And make sure you are kind and compassionate and help your neighbours along the way.
Reading the Bhagavad Gita can help you understand what’s really going on out there in the world and within your own self, and also what is truly important.
Chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hara Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, can also help put your mind at peace and get you in touch with the energy of love, the Godhead. It’s a miracle cure for what ails you. For chanting, or praying the names of God, is one way to connect with the Source.

So start the New Year with a different outlook on life. Don’t give up. Don’t worry.

Chant and be happy!
And as my Guru would say: May the Source be with you!
Hare Krishna!
Abhidheya Devi Dasi

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