New Study Of Gita Nov 27 Dr. Shriniwas J. Kashalikar
NOVEMBER 27, 2009, 3:45 PM
Some people commented that Arjuna was actually right in
renouncing the war as he stated at the end of the 1st chapter
itself, that he was ready to die without offering any
resistance rather than participating in the war for the sake
of winning the kingdom!
Apparently I was also in two minds when I read this
comment. But in the course of time I realized that Arjuna
was kind and loving but getting derailed from his duty
towards himself and the society. I also realized that those
justified and upheld the view point of Arjuna were
themselves in the dilemma of identifying the enemy and
In my experience, when you are not sure about the identity
of the enemy; you are not convinced about fighting!
In short Arjuna had not identified his true self and hence he
had not identified the true enemy and hence was reluctant
to enter and participate in the war!
With the practice of NAMASMARAN; the nature of the
enemy becomes clear and you begin to enjoy participating
in the war with enemy inside and outside as a matter of
privilege of SWADHARMA!
In 18th chapter there is reference to not getting TYAGA
PHALA by RAJASA TYAGA!
How can we reconcile the idea of
KARMAPHALATYAGA and getting TYAGA PHALA?
The answer is; here the Lord refers to the fruit or
PHALA which liberates us from all kinds of expectations!
Hence this TYAGA PHALA is quite different or in fact
quite opposite of KARMAPHALA which leads to