Chapter 2, Sloka/Verse-3 – Samkhya Yoga
Katham bheeshmamaham sankhye dronam cha madhusoodana;
Ishubhih pratiyotsyaami poojaarhaavarisoodana.
How, O Madhusudana, shall I fight in battle with arrows against Bhishma and Drona,
who are fit to be worshipped, O destroyer of enemies?
Shocked by Lord Krishna’s sudden reaction, Arjuna is suddenly at a loss of words. He somehow gathered courage and spoke to the Lord. He asked him, everything you say fine my Lord, but tell me how do I fight against my guru who taught me everything? How do I fight with my grandsire who lifted me in him arms and made me what am today? How is it possible that I raise my arms against them? This is the dilemma that Arjuna had which he freely asked Lord Krishna.
Extending interpretation to Mankind’s life!
Very often we are encountered with this dilemma. Can we revolt against our elders? Can we disagree and go against the will of our parents? This is a question that haunts many youngsters and people of this generation. Everyone’s life is a battle. We don’t fight it on battle fields, but we fight it in life. When you want a career and your parents don’t approve of it, it’s a battle. When you want to do something, and your boss opposes it, it’s a battle.
Scriptures have taught us that we should always respect the elders and higher ups and never question their authority. But is it right? Just because someone is elder to us in age and position, does that mean they can never make mistakes and, always right? Arjuna’s dilemma is also something similar. He is in a dilemma to fight or not with the two people, Bhishma and Drona who are elder to him and in higher position. It’s very much similar to our dilemma of rejecting or differing and doing something that our elders don’t like.
How will Lord Krishna deal with this? Wait for some time.
“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”