Venkatesananda daily bhagavad gita readings-10 jan

Venkatesananda Daily Readings

Bhagavad Gita - Song Of God

i:34 - aachaaryaah pitarah putraas tathai va cha pitaamahaah maatulaah shwashuraah pautraah shyaalaah sambandhinas tathaa
i:35 - etaan na hantum icchaami ghnato pi madhusoodana api trailokya raajyasya hetoh kim nu maheekrite
i:36 - nihatya dhaartaraashtraan nah kaa preetih syaaj janaardana paapam evaa shrayed asmaan hatwai taan aatataayinah
i:37 - tasmaan naarhaa vayam hantum dhaartaraashtraan swabaandhavaan swajanam hi katham hatwaa sukhinah syaama maadhava
i:34 - teachers, fathers, sons and also grandfathers, maternal uncles, fathers-in-law, grandsons, brothers-in-law and other relatives.
i:35 - these i do not wish to kill, though they kill me, even for the sake of dominion over the three worlds, leave alone killing them for the sake of the earth.
i:36 - only sin will accrue by killing these felons. what joy can we get by killing our relatives?
i:37 - therefore, we should not kill the sons of dhritarashtra, our relatives.
verse 35 is reminiscent of the words of the great spiritual hero of the kathopanisad, viz., naciketas.
there, the guru (yama) is pleased.
but, here, the guru (krisna) does not applaud arjuna's dispassionate words.
mere aversion to worldly pleasures is valueless without devotion to god.
it can only lead us to self-imposed misery and poverty-stricken life.
as gurudev used to say, we should 'detach the mind from the objects and attach it to the lord'.

the lord, as the indweller, knew that arjuna's heart was enshrouded by spiritual ignorance.
in order to remove it, he gave it an opportunity to manifest itself, by placing the chariot in front of bhisma and drona.
arjuna's cleverness weaves a web of logic to hide his ignorance and faintheartedness.
he forgets that it is the duty of rulers to punish felons, and suggests that even that is fraught with sin!
why?
'because they are our relations.'
all animate and inanimate creatures in the world are god's creations; but relationship is our creation, and the source of grief.
all animate and inanimate creatures in the world are god's creations; but relationship is our creation, and the source of grief.
mere aversion to worldly pleasures is valueless without devotion to god.

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