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Yatra yogeshwarah krishno yatra paartho dhanurdharah; Tatra shreervijayo bhootirdhruvaa neetirmatirmama.

Wherever there is Krishna, the Lord of Yoga, wherever there is Arjuna, the archer, there are prosperity, happiness, victory and firm policy; such is my conviction.

Interpretation

This is the final shloka of the Bhagavad Gita and Sanjaya concludes the Gita for us. He compares Lord Krishna to the Lord of Yoga and calls Arjuna as the Archer. This is how we were introduced to Gita at the beginning. Arjuna was the ace archer and Lord Krishna is the God and the Lord of the Universe. Sanjaya says that wherever there are people like Lord Krishna and Arjuna there we find, prosperity, happiness, victory and firm policy. Sanjaya thus concludes that this is his strong conviction and belief about the Lord.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

Bhagavad Gita is not just the spiritual discourse between Krishna and Arjuna but it is about the struggles that people encounter in our lives. Arjuna was standing at the crossroads and with a split second decision of fighting the war or not. Just like that in our lives, there are many such crossroads and the various split-second decisions we took, that have either made us to feel proud of ourselves or to regret taking certain decisions. We need a right person in our life to show us the path and as a follower, we need to firmly believe that a right person always gives a right decision and we have no right to question the same. 

Gita is all about learning it right and doing it right. whatever you choose to do, think that it is your Dharma and you need to do it with an unwavering mind. Stand on your words like a rock and don’t melt even when you are subjected to unbearable heat. A rock survives millions of years and thus witnesses so many things happening around it. Similarly, a person who stands firm by his decisions will be able to bear gets his soul enriched with the knowledge for innumerable lives. This Gita went on uninterrupted for 18 months and what we have learnt in these 18 months is a wealth that would be carried forward in this life as well as many lives to come.

The journey of Gita is neither limited to one birth or to one person or one relationship. This nine holed body is a dress that you are wearing and each birth is like changing a dress and the soul gets enriched. A very important event of the soul’s journey is this Gita and my soul, as well as your’s Professor Sriram, would be enriched by what we both have embarked on 18 months ago. An end of one journey is always the beginning of another and only God will decide what would be the next journey.