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Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -14.1.10


Chapter :- 14.  The Gospel of the Bhagavadgita - 1.10

The war seen before you is nothing but the array of forces which God has unleashed to teach you a lesson. The whole world is up in arms against you, because you have set yourself against God.

Can you expect to have peace and happiness here when you wage a battle with God Himself? But this is the secret that man does not know because of an original sin of man, the fall of man, the fall of the soul from its Divine Status of Universality.

Unless you reconcile yourself with God, you are not going to reconcile yourself with Nature. Nature is nothing but the army of forces let loose by God against you, as a reaction to your rebellion against Him.

When there is a war between two countries, you cannot speak to the soldiers, "My dear friends, please do not fight," for they are not responsible for the battle.

They are released by some other force behind them. You must tackle that force which is the cause of t…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -14.1.8 & 9


Chapter :- 14.  The Gospel of the Bhagavadgita - 1.8 & 9.

1. Introduction -8 & 9


It is the conflict between the individual and the world as a whole in the form of this vast creation. Man has estranged himself from Nature. This is the third conflict – the conflict between man and Nature.

The world seems to be outside us, and we seem to be strangers in this world. We are not sure whether we are really wanted in this world. Sometimes it looks that we are not wanted at all, and yet we, somehow, reconcile ourselves with the hardships of this mysterious creation and pull on in life, "get on", as we say.

The world is not going to be reconciled if we are not going to obey its laws. Because of a conflict of our individuality with the universal Nature, we suffer various pains – hunger and thirst, heat and cold, and, finally, death.

All these catastrophes of human life, and life in general, are the out…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -14.1.6 & 7.


Chapter :- 14.  The Gospel of the Bhagavadgita - 1.6 & 7.

1. Introduction -6. & 7.

The answer of Bhagavan Sri Krishna, representing the Unity of the cosmos, is simple and precise, though it is apparently a long gospel of many chapters. Arjuna was thoroughly mistaken in assessing the values of life.

Lord Krishna tells: "Your understanding is turbid; it is not clear enough to grasp the vitality of life. Nobody asked you to start the war. It is you who started this, and I merely said nothing against it. If you want it, have it and be done with it. After having started it of your own accord, relying on the strength of your own army, listening to nobody else's advice, what makes you now sing a different tune altogether, as if you are another person having nothing to do with the previous person that you were, who decided to wage the war?"

The answer of Arjuna was: "I do not know what to do. Tell me what is my duty." The answer is the …

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -14.1.5


Chapter :- 14.  The Gospel of the Bhagavadgita - 1.5.

1. Introduction -5.

When a person is truly friendly with us, he knows how to take our moods. That is wisdom of life. Krishna was not pleased; nor was he displeased. A doctor is neither pleased nor displeased with a patient. An emotion will not rise in the mind of a physician. Krishna was not distressed at the agonising condition of the mind of Arjuna. He did not weep, cry or beat his breast.

He spoke words of wisdom laden with the profundity of the experience of life which, incidentally, opened up the gates for a solution to all conflicts in life. Not merely Arjuna's conflict but your conflict, my conflict and anyone's conflict at any time found a solution therein. All problems, all conflicts, all disharmonies, in everyone's mind, in every pattern of society, and for all times, were dealt with effectively.

Thus it is that the Bhagavadgita became a scripture of universal significance. Though it arose on a…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -14.1.4


Chapter :- 14.  The Gospel of the Bhagavadgita - 1.4.

1. Introduction-4.

We know the situation. All action emanates from the individual, and to do or not to do is to be decided by the individual himself. A decision can be taken only when there is no conflict in one's mind. Either we do a thing or we do not do the thing. We want a thing or we do not want the thing. These are decisions that the mind takes.

But if one begins to waver between the two horns of the dilemma, and one does not know which side to take and what steps to put forward due to a conflict within one's own mind, there would be no solution at all. A most surprising attitude did Arjuna take, to the wonder and marvel of everyone there.

The most heroic of persons began to speak words of pusillanimity, feelings of pity which would be completely unexpected from a warrior girt up on the brink of a war. Instead of attempting to solve the social conflict for the sake of which the war was to be engaged in, a…