Gita Daily Readings

7th January
Chapter
I: 24-27
Sanjaya said: Thus addressed by Arjuna, Krishna, having stationed that best of chariots in the midst of the two armies, in front of Bhishma and Drona and all the rulers of the earth, said: "Oh Arjuna, behold these Kurus gathered together."

Then Arjuna saw stationed there, fathers and grandfathers, teachers, maternal uncles, brothers, sons, grandsons and companions, too, fathers-in-law and friends also, in both the armies. Seeing all these kinsmen thus standing arrayed,

Commentary

The greatest of all moments in the history of the world, the moment when the yoga of the Bhagavad Gita was revealed, arrived. Arjuna was the chosen channel. The Lord was maneuvering Arjuna into the position in which the ideal stage would be set up. Hence, he places the chariot right in front of the two people for whom Arjuna had the greatest respect and love - Bhishma and Drona. Not only that, the Lord miraculously brings about a change in Arjuna's vision.

Arjuna, who but a moment before was thinking of the Kaurava army as the "enemy," "evil-minded," etc., suddenly beholds all the warriors in a different light - as kinsmen and friends. Enthusiasm for war yields place to sorrow and confusion.

The external situations or circumstances have but a neutral intrinsic value: it is one's own mind that attributes pleasure and pain, good and evil to them. As we shall see, this is the very core of the yoga of the Bhagavad Gita; and, lord Krishna creates the most suitable climate for his teaching by bringing out the contrast in the two attitudes of Arjuna.

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