Gita Daily Readings

6th January
Chapter
I: 20-23
 

Then, seeing the people of Dhrtarashtra's party standing arrayed and the discharge of weapons about to begin, Arjuna, whose ensign was that of a monkey, took up his bow and said the following to Krishna:

"Place my chariot in the middle of the two armies, 0h Krishna, so that I may behold those who stand here desirous to fight, and know with whom I must fight, as the battle is about to commence.

For I desire to observe those who are assembled here to fight, wishing to please the evil-minded Duryodhana."

Commentary

Arjuna is the son of Pandu, the "white" king. White is symbolic of purity. The offspring of purity are virtuous qualities. In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna is the disciple, the seeker. He represents the good man who, as yet, is not steady in his wisdom - alluded to by the restless monkey ensign! Only by the grace of God is it possible to curb this restless tendency of the mind. Otherwise, like Arjuna, who at this juncture is enthusiastic about the righteous war but later changes his mind, we too will swing constantly between zeal and despair in our spiritual life.

The Lord is ever ready to save his devotee. In fact, he rejoices to be the devotee's servant! The Lord of the universe condescends to become Arjuna's charioteer. What humility! What love! God's love of the devotee is immeasurably greater than even the greatest devotee's love of God. Countless stories are current in India to show that the Lord is ever ready to serve the devotee in every way.

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