Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Friday, Sep 10, 2004

About Us
Contact Us
Miscellaneous
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment |

Miscellaneous - Religion Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Eternal wisdom

CHENNAI, SEPT.10 . Dharma is the quintessence of the Bhagavad Gita and it is one of the practical scriptural texts on this subject useful to the laypeople. Its teachings are relevant to day-to-day life and it is possible for anyone to identify with Arjuna's predicament with which the text commences and also with his emotions and reactions. The Gita is part of Vyasa's Mahabharata and considered as its crest jewel. The epic is interpreted to mean success and the perusal of the Gita empowers the person to handle life's problems successfully. The context in which it was taught— just when the war was about to commence— is a pointer to the fact that it is necessary to review the pros and cons before acting in every major situation in life.

This is the reason why Lord Krishna agreed to Arjuna's request to place his chariot between the two armies, as he wanted to carefully survey those he had to fight. But Arjuna instead of objectively assessing the relative strengths of both the sides became overwrought with emotion as he saw only one aspect of the situation. What did Krishna do? As the omnipotent Lord of the entire creation He could have easily changed the situation for Arjuna as he wished. Arjuna was His dear friend and in fact He had declared to Sanjaya when Dhritarashtra had sent him to find out what was happening at the war front that he was His very soul. The Lord did not interfere with the external situation but only worked on Arjuna by teaching him how to change his mental attitude to handle the situation. This is the crux of Krishna's teaching. It was not possible to change the external situations all the time and hence it was necessary to become mentally strong to face any situation in life, said Swamini Vimalananda in her discourse.

There is a logical progression of ideas in the Gita till it reaches a climax when the Lord enabled Arjuna to behold His cosmic form. This was necessary to prepare Arjuna's mind to grasp the supreme truth as to him Krishna was a dear friend with whom he argued and took all liberties. This is true of the majority of us also because we tend to either distance ourselves from the scriptural texts or take them for granted without really making an effort to apply their teachings in daily life. There should be a sense of appreciation and gratitude that it is the Almighty who had deigned to teach this eternal wisdom to humanity. The problems of mankind are always the same in every age. Only the solutions have to be found afresh at the individual level for which the Gita is helpful.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

Miscellaneous

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |

Copyright 2004, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu