March 26, 2016

Children’s Program Highlights:

Chapter I : Arjun Vishaad Yoga

Moti Aunty’s discourse

To clearly understand Gita, chapter 1 is the base. Most people do not understand chapter one completely and ignore it, because it has lot of characters etc. To completely understand Gita, we need to understand Gita chapter one which can be summarized into the following four questions

  • Dhritarasthra starts the Gita with the first shloka
  • Dharmakshetre Kurukshetre Samavetayuyutsavaha |
    Maamakaah paandavaashchaiva kimakurvata sanjaya || (Chp 1, txt 1)

    So the question becomes why a spiritual scripture like Gita starts with the question from a blind man?

  • Why does Duryodhana go to Drona to protect them rather than Bheeshma (who was the chief)
  • Why does Duryodhana ask the army to protect Bheeshma when everyone knew that Bheeshma was given the boon of Icchamrityu (death at will)
  • Why did Pandava sena have more Maharathis (champion commanders)and less common soldier whereas as Kaurav sena had more foot soldiers vs Maharathis (champion commanders)
  • The answers to the questions are as follows

  • Dhritarashtra was born blind which means he could neither visualize light nor see things under light.He symbolizes the ‘blind mind’.Dhritasrashtra depicts the human being who is totally devoid of all discriminating intelligence. Our bodies are like ‘rashtra’(nation/country). When this kingdom is usurped by the ignorant mind, it can cause ruin and lead the body/kingdom to destruction. Unless this blind mind raises the question or interest to study Gita (and therefore know God), no one can make spiritual progress.
  • Duryodhana was nervous about the victory and he knew that Drona favored Arjuna so he wanted to make sure that Drona was on the side of Kauravas.Drona represents our Buddhi (business or worldly intellect).Bheeshma is our conscience. All human beings when in trouble or are nervous as was the case of Durodhana tend to go to the worldly knowledge and not seek answers from their conscience. As long as this happens, the path of the soul will remain towards destruction.
  • Duryodhana knew that if Shikhandi came infront of Bheeshma , he would give up arms and then Kaurava army would be thrown on the path to loss in war. Shikhandi on the other was a combination of male-female principles both. Shikahndi’s male –female principles are nothing but the ‘Ida’ and ‘Pingala’ nadi brought into balance through pranayama (yoga of breath control). Bheeshma who represents our ego unless surrenders to this yoga, we will always be on the path of attachments leading to adharma.
  • The Kauravas were 100 in number and their army was in millions. The Pandavas on the other hand were only five and they had an extremely small army. The Kauravas depict the evil tendencies in us which flocks in numbers. The Kaurava brothers were also known to be lumped at birth (attached) which signifies that evil tendencies rise from attachments.
    Pandavas were few, but all of them were heroes. The chief of Pandavas was Yudhisthir was was Dharma raj and therefore he represents Dharma.
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