Gita Acharan |English

A doctor, working at a mental hospital, took a friend to show him the hospital. His friend saw a man in a room with a photo of a woman and the doctor explained that the man loved that woman and got mentally unstable when he couldn't marry her. In the next room, there was another man with the same woman's photo and the doctor explained that he got mentally unstable after he married her. This ironic story explains how fulfilled and unfulfilled desires can have similar disastrous consequences.


The same thing happened with Arjun. At the beginning of the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita titled ' ๐™‘๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™– ๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™ง๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™– ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™œ๐™– ', he wanted to see Krishna in HIS original form. But he was frightened when he saw the ๐™‘๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ข of Krishna. Shaken, Arjun now desires to see Krishna in his human form. Similarly, our goalposts in life keep shifting with time.


Krishna shows his ๐™‘๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ข in which Arjun sees that all his enemies are entering into the mouth of death. Krishna tells him that Arjun is just a ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™–-๐™ข๐™–๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™– (an instrument in HIS hand) and tells him to fight without stress. In the end, Krishna says that this form can't be seen through vedas, charity or rituals but only through devotion can one attain HIM.


At the ignorant level, one resorts to accumulation of material possessions. When a ray of awareness sets in, one starts charity which is usually to attain something higher like ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฎ๐™– (virtue) to go to heaven after death. When Krishna says that charity can't help, he is advising transcending charity, vedas, rituals and reach him through devotion (๐™—๐™๐™–๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ž) .


It is like a staircase to reach the next level. Charity, vedas and rituals are like steps, but not the destination. One has to go through devotion as the final step to reach HIM.

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