Krishna Reloaded. Bhagavad Gita Ver 2.0!
Recently, I saw a television program in which a famous self-styled saffron-clad Swami giving a talk on Mahabharata War and Bhagavad Gita. This is what he said:
“Just before the war, seeing his grandfathers, fathers, sons, grandsons and all other relatives in Kurukshetra war field, Arjun became faint-hearted. He told Lord Krishna he would not fight. Krishna then explained why is it Arjuna’s duty to fight and how he must fight to restore the Dharma (righteousness). Kill all those non-righteous people even if they are relatives, said Krishna….For that, you have to fight with a detached mindset and control emotions and five senses, which are represented as the five horses in Krishna’s chariot….”
Swami continues: “This is a Dharma Yudha and only Dharma will win….Through Karma Yoga, Krishna urges Arjuna to fight like a brave warrior. Arjuna’s Karma is to fight. If you win the war, you will get Shreyas, Krishna said. The Gita ends with Krishna telling Arjuna he must choose the path of good or evil, as he has to fight the Kauravas for his kingdom.”
I was really shocked to listen to this. Why should this guy mis-interpret Mahabharata? Is it the new version of Mahabharata or Gita?
I don’t remember reading anywhere that Krishna urged Arjuna to go to war!!! My bad? So I went through few verses again (I am quoting those verses in this article) to cross-check.
To start with, the chariot of Arjuna didn’t have five horses. It was given by the God of fire Agni when he burnt the Khaandavavanam as an offering to Agni. Chithraratha, king of Gandharvas, gave him four horses. There are NO five horses. Lord Krishna was a charioteer of four horses. I don’t know from where did the Swami get the fifth horse.
Arjuna didn’t faint seeing his grandfathers, fathers, sons, grandsons. (Note that Veda Vyas, who wrote this epic, used plural not singular or dual). First of all, there were no grandfathers (except Bhishma Pitamaha) in the war field… And Arjuna’s father – Indra or Pandu, whoever – was not there. (If you mean to say his fathers-in-law that were mentioned separately). Yes, his sons were there, but he didn’t have a grandson when he came to the battlefield.
Is it that Vyasa went wrong here? Even if the entire world goes wrong, Vyasa can’t. It is said ‘Vyasochishtam jagatsarvam’. (Vyasa pervades everything in the Universe) you cannot equate even Gods with Vyasa’s skill.
So the TV Swami is wrong, not Vyasa. Arjuna might have seen himself as a grandfather or grandson and felt empathy for them, not fear. He is not a coward to feel chicken-hearted.
Arjuna has already had a war almost single-handedly with all of them and won it. When Arjuna was in exile as Brihannala in the kingdom of the Matsya (King Virat), he single-handedly defeated the Kaurava army led by Bhishma and having esteemed warriors such as Drona, Kripacharya, Karna, Duryodhana, and his 99 brothers plus the huge army of soldiers…. From my book: “The Secret of Krishna’s Birth: Deciphering The Krishna Code”
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