Srimad Bhagavad Gita can be considered as a political and administrative scripture more than a spiritual scripture. The reason is because through Bhagavad Gita, the supreme lord Krishna elaborates on the science of self-realization and the exact process we humans should follow to embrace life with dignity, grace and humility.
In this article of India Leap, we would like to discuss few verses from the Chapter 1 of Srimad Bhagavad Gita and how relatable it is to our daily life and thoughts.
Chapter 1- Verse 10
aparyāptaṁ tadasmākaṁ balaṁ bhīṣhmābhirakṣhitam
paryāptaṁ tvidameteṣhāṁ balaṁ bhīmābhirakṣhitam
According to this verse of Bhagavad Gita, Duryodhana is boasting about the strength of his army that would be led by Bhishmacharya himself who has the power to choose his death. At the same time he mocks at the pandavas for having limited army strength lead by Bheema.
Both the Pandavas and the Kauravas are the grandchildren of Bhishma and he was naturally concerned about their welfare. Though he was compassionate towards the pandavas, his ethical commitment towards the throne of Hastinapur and its subjects has forced him to lead the Kaurava army against the Pandavas.
Chapter 1- Verse 10 and Relation to our Daily Life Actions
This part of Bhagavad Gita shows how egoistic and arrogant Duryodhana is. It simply goes to show that when you develop a self involved attitude and think that you are automatically entitled to everything, you tend to overlook others and make an attempt to walk over them. Just stay humble and handle any situation with modesty to create a positive result
We all humans have a bit of Duryodhana in us and this part of us comes out in form of envy, jealousy, arrogance etc. Our craving to acquire everything at any cost is what is described as an entitled mindset, which Duryodhana projects in this part of Gita.
Chapter 1- Verse 21-22
senayor ubhayor madhye rathaṁ sthāpaya me ’chyuta
yāvadetān nirīkṣhe ’haṁ yoddhu-kāmān avasthitān
kairmayā saha yoddhavyam asmin raṇa-samudyame
Lord Sree Krishna himself agreed to be Arjuna’s Charioteer. In this verse Arjuna instructs Sree Krishna to take his chariot to the middle of both the armies so that he may have a look at the warriors lined up for the kurushektra battle
Chapter 1 Verse 21-22 and its Relation to our Daily Life Actions
Here Krishna, the supreme lord accepted to be Arjuna’s charioteer. He did not for one moment also care for his ranks, titles or job functions. This is because he holds a simple non egoistic mind.
Many a times we have noticed that with growing ranks and positions, people develop a egoistic mind and behaviour and they stay away from the ground reality. Remember when there is a high tide; the low tide will definitely follow.
So bring yourself down to earth, roll up your sleeves and take up any role that the situation demands. This is precisely what Lord Krishna teaches us through this verse in Bhagavad Gita.
An egoistic attitude can make and break your life. Ego is just false confidence whereas self-acceptance and self realization is the right confidence.