Sloka/Verse 2 – Yoga 1

“Taha vyavasthitaan drishtwaa dhaartaraashtraan kapidhwajah; Pravritte shastrasampaate dhanurudyamya paandavah. Hrisheekesham tadaa vaakyamidamaaha maheepate;”

Translation

Seeing all the people of Dhritarashtra’s party standing arrayed and the discharge of weapons about to begin, Arjuna, the son of Pandu, whose ensign was that of a monkey, took up his bow and said the following to Krishna, O Lord of the Earth!”

Interpretation

The sea of army of both Pandavas and Kauravas assemble on the battleground of Kurukshetra. The focus is on the charoit of Arjuna whose charioterr is none other than Lord Krishna. Arjuna glances at the two might armies with awe. Arjuna glances through the Kaurava army. He spots his grandsire Bhishma, his guru Dronacharya, his brothers, uncles and many others who have raised him. The war is about to start. All his hopes of reaching a last minute compromise fails and the two armies are standing in the battlefield. Arjuna slowly picks up his bow and turns to his Charioteer, Guru and Guide Lord Krishna…….

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

Difficulties are a part of every one’s life. Just like how Arjuna looked at all his gurus and relatives standing against him in the war, we also would find the people who mentored us, who stood by us, including our parents, siblings and relatives standing against us. That is life. The path that we choose brings us to a point where those who we thought will be with us, will stand against us. This is the rule of life. Will you fight or will you leave? Questions on the path ahead is something that everyone wants to know.

That is the same question that Arjuna is about to ask Lord Krishna. That is the same question that we seek answers for. Many of us have this dilemma on what to do when we land ourselves up in a helpless situation, where you are all alone and made to fight against everyone and win. This is where Gita will guide you. This is the question we will look at in tomorrow’s sloka.

Till then..

SARVE JANA SUKHINO BHAVANTU SARVE SANTU NIRAAMAYA SARVE BHADRANI PASHYANTU MA KASCHITH DUKHA MAPNIYA”

“MAY ALL BECOME HAPPY, MAY ALL BE FREE FROM ILLNESS, MAY ALL SEE WHAT IS AUSPICIOUS, MAY NO ONE SUFFER”