Bhagavad Gita: Chapter One
The first chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is called Yoga of Arjuna’s Grief. This chapter gives us great insight about the human personality. Duryodhana’s military might is superior to that of the Pandavas. But, still he does not feel secure. This is because of Duryodhana’s unrighteousness and viciousness. A warrior is strengthened by their noble ideals. But, Duryodhana is foolish and selfish, hence he lacks self confidence.
Arjuna’s Feeble State
In the battlefield, Arjuna sees that his enemies include his guru and relatives. This makes him falter. His senses start reeling and he is on the verge of physical and mental collapse. Arjuna’s state reveals that when we do not have a greater vision, our emotions will overcome us. Our intellect becomes clouded and we start performing disastrous actions.
Thus, the stage is set for the confused Arjuna to receive Krishna’s immortal advice. Arjuna faces a conflict between his heart and his head. Therefore, he is not ready to do his duty as a warrior and wage righteous war. This dilemma of Arjuna is sorted out by Krishna in the ensuing chapters. Many people read the Gita for its wisdom. In confusing times, it is the greatest solace. If you are ever troubled by any situation, read the Gita to understand the path to follow which will lead out of the darkness.
Lessons from Chapter One
- Our problems arise when we start feeling separate from others. We should understand that the same God who created us, created our enemies too. So, we should try to feel togetherness even with our enemies. Then our mind will be peaceful and clear. But, we should ensure that love does not stop us from taking hard decisions. For example, even though a mother has love for her children, she does not hesitate to correct them when required.
- Insecurity and fear are bred by otherness, selfishness, viciousness, ignorance and wrong-doing. Listen to your conscience to become unselfish. This will give you great courage.
- If you do not follow the right path, all your might, power and talent will come to nought. Righteousness is important to achieve victory and success.
- We should avoid selfishness when considering any situation. This will help us think with clarity.
- We should not allow our emotions to affect our judgment. Dispassionate thinking is required to overcome our emotions, and think with our intellect.
- We should concentrate on our duties and do them to the best of our abilities. Judging others is a waste of time.
- Bitterness and hatred lead us away from the right path. When we overcome hatred, we get peace of mind. Our intellect becomes clear and helps us take the correct steps.
- Only ignorant people are stubborn. They stick to their wrong views no matter what. Examine your ideals and views every now and then, and correct judgmental errors, if any.