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Gautam Saha: LORD KRISHNA CLEARS THE DOUBTS OF ARJUNA

OR

A PRECIS OF THE SRIMAD BHAGAVAD-GITA ( based on chapter 1 and 2 only )

Five thousand years ago, on the battlefield of Kurukshetra
Krsna the All Merciful Karuna Sindhu, became the charioteer of Partha
Krsna, the friend, philosopher and guide of Arjuna, his persona grata
The Lord is therefore Parthasarthy, the charioteer of Partha

Arjuna wished to see who had come to the battlefield and desired to fight
Who were his friends or relatives who wished to test their might ?
Who were the warriors and soldiers who desired to be his enemies ?
Arjuna requested Krsna to draw up his chariot between the two armies

Arjuna saw different grades of friends, relatives, associates, juniors
Sons, nephews, uncles, grandfathers, teachers and respectable seniors
Seeing them all on the battlefield, Arjuna was filled with compassion
How could he aim his arrows at them and kill so many kith and kin ?

O Govinda, even if I emerge victorious, how can I possibly be happy if I survive ?
What good are kingdoms, riches and comforts, if others are dead and I am alive ?
I am not prepared to kill, though I may live and enjoy material luxury
I would rather be killed, than be overtaken by vengeance and fury

Let those who are evil try to kill us for material benefit
They may be ignorant, avaricious, and morally bereft
But why should we, with knowledge of the sin
Do likewise and engage in this heinous action ?

Alas, how strange it is that we are preparing to commit greatly sinful acts
Driven by the desire to enjoy royal happiness and creature comforts
I consider it better to let the sons of Dhrtarashtra kill me, unresisting
Than to raise my weapons and kill those before me, with ire and sting

My hair is standing on end, my body is trembling
My bow is slipping from my hands, my skin is burning
My helmet is slipping from my head, O Madhava !
I shall not fight, O Keshava !

It is better to live this life by forsaking royal claims and by begging
Than to taint our hands with the blood of seniors who taught us everything
Even though they are greedy, they are worthy of respect
I shall dwell in hell if I kill them even after fair combat

I do not know what is my duty, and I have become weak and am in lamentation
I am now surrendered fully to you, O Govinda, and look to you for clear instruction
This grief is drying up my senses and I will not be able to destroy it
Even though I might win the greatest kingdom and the chance to enjoy it

At this, the Supreme Lord Krishna smiled and spoke thus :
My friend, whilst speaking such learned words
You are lamenting for what is not worthy of lamentation
This weakness of heart does not belie your reputation

Those who are wise lament neither for the living nor for the dead
For never was there a time when you nor I nor any of these warriors had not existed,
O Arjuna, nor shall any of us ever cease to be, in any yuga, eon, or age
Just as the embodied soul passes in this body from childhood to adulthood to old age

In the same way, the soul passes into another body at death
As we give up old garments and put on new ones, as simple as that
A self realized soul is not bewildered by this transition
Which is inevitable and part of the Lord’s grand disposition

Honour and dishonour, success and failure, happiness and distress,
Are like the passing of summer and winter, inevitable and relentless
They arise from our sense perceptions, O Arjuna
And one should accept them with grace, O Partha

Know that which pervades the entire body having life and senses
Is indestructible and imperishable, and eternally conscious
For the soul, there is no birth or death or time unfulfilled
For one who knows this truth, the self kills not nor is ever killed

O Partha, how can a person who knows very well
That the soul is indestructible, unborn, eternal and immutable,
Kill anyone or cause anyone else to kill ?
One who is in knowledge has no will to kill

The soul cannot be cut by any sword or weapon
Nor dried by the wind, nor moistened by water
Nor burnt by fire, nor aged with time
It is eternal, everlasting, immutable, and sublime

For one who has taken his birth, death is certain
And for one who has died, rebirth is equally certain
Therefore, in the unavoidable discharge of your duty
You should not grieve for the temporary body

As a kshatriya, it is your duty to fight on religious principle
Do not hesitate, O Partha, to test your mettle
It does not befit you to leave the battlefield
Leaving your comrades in the lurch, to be mercilessly killed

All the great fighters and generals will speak of your infamy
Consider you a coward and scorn your ability
For one who has been honoured, dishonour is worse than death
Fight with determination and do your duty as an act of faith

Raise your weapons for the sake of the fight
Without looking at victory or defeat
Happiness or distress, loss or gain
In this way, you shall never incur sin

Yoga is working without looking for gain or loss
Those who are on this path are resolute in purpose
Those who are in yoga do not look for sense gratification
To satisfy the Supreme Lord is their true determination

Be steadfast in yoga, and perform your duty as a warrior
Abandon all attachment to success or failure
Rid yourself of all fruitive work
For yoga is the art of all work

Be engaged in devotional service to the lotus feet of the Lord
And free yourself from the cycle of life and death in this material world
Renounce the fruits of all action
And come out of the dense forest of delusion

You might restrict your senses from enjoyment
But the senses will perpetually seek fulfillment
So engage your senses in experiencing a higher taste
And thus fix your mind in divine consciousness

Just as a boat on the water is swept away by a strong wind
Even one of the senses, if left uncontrolled
Can carry away the intelligence of a man of discriminance
And compel him to act in a manner devoid of intelligence

A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires
Only can attain peace, not the one who seeks to satisfy these desires
He who has given up all desire for proprietorship and sense gratification
And false ego, he alone can attain real tranquility and imperturbation

This is the way of the spiritual and godly life
After attaining which one leaves behind all miseries and strife
Being thus situated, even at the time of death, one can remember the Lord
And enter into Vaikuntha, the eternal spiritual kingdom of the Supreme Lord

THE QUALMS OF ARJUNA

Five thousand years ago, on the battlefield of Kurukshetra
Krsna the All Merciful Karuna Sindhu, became the charioteer of Partha
Krsna, the friend, philosopher and guide of Arjuna, his persona grata
The Lord is therefore Parthasarthy, the charioteer of Partha

Arjuna wished to see who had come to the battlefield and desired to fight
Who were his friends or relatives who wished to test their might ?
Who were the warriors and soldiers who desired to be his enemies ?
Arjuna requested Krsna to draw up his chariot between the two armies

Arjuna saw different grades of friends, relatives, associates, juniors
Sons, nephews, uncles, grandfathers, teachers and respectable seniors
Seeing them all on the battlefield, Arjuna was filled with compassion
How could he aim his arrows at them and kill so many kith and kin ?

O Govinda, even if I emerge victorious, how can I possibly be happy if I survive ?
What good are kingdoms, riches and comforts, if others are dead and I am alive ?
I am not prepared to kill, though I may live and enjoy material luxury
I would rather be killed, than be overtaken by vengeance and fury

Let those who are evil try to kill us for material benefit
They may be ignorant, avaricious, and morally bereft
But why should we, with knowledge of the sin
Do likewise and engage in this heinous action ?

Alas, how strange it is that we are preparing to commit greatly sinful acts
Driven by the desire to enjoy royal happiness and creature comforts
I consider it better to let the sons of Dhrtarashtra kill me, unresisting
Than to raise my weapons and kill those before me, with ire and sting

My hair is standing on end, my body is trembling
My bow is slipping from my hands, my skin is burning
My helmet is slipping from my head, O Madhava !
I shall not fight, O Govinda !

LORD KRISHNA PLAYS HIS FLUTE

Lord Krishna plays His transcendental flute
The music is timeless, the melody is absolute
Time stands still, moments stop ticking
The cows and lively calves stop frolicking

The blowing winds stop still
The flowing waters stand still
The trees pause in their lazy undulations
The birds and beasts are stunned into silence

His tunes float through the air
And mesmerize the bold and the fair
They stop the householder in his tracks
And Kamsa’s soldiers in their barracks

The gopis run distraught, hither and thither
Knowing not which winds bear the music hither
They have lost sense of themselves
The time, their clothing, and everything else

Some stop breastfeeding their babies
Some stop serving their families
Some stop looking after their children
They cease all activites, of a sudden

Why are the gopis so agitated ?
Why are their bodies so dissipated ?
Why are their dresses in disarray ?
In the midst of their working day

Are the melodies coming in from the East ?
From the green vales of Govardhan, sunkissed
Or are they wafting in from the west ?
The lush meadows on the Jamuna’s crest

In everyones breast there is excitement
A vague uneasiness, an undefined ferment
The birds stop chirping, with heads cocked
The cows and the deer listen, jaws locked

His tunes waft through the entire creation
Filling the air with a divine vibration
They capture our minds and our hearts in full
How else can one explain this intense pull ?

What transcendental pleasure does the Lord receive ?
What ecstatic love does He wish to give ?
The wonder of creation, the universe’s magnificence
The infinite variety of life, the goodness of Providence

Are all hidden inside the Lord’s flute
In no small measure, in total absolute
The Lord sends forth His love to each and every creature
Without bias or favour, that is His special feature

He is the musician unequalled, par excellence
The greatest composer, unequalled in eminence
The Lord is the Pied Piper of the entire creation
The Master of Divine Pleasure and Recreation !

THE PASTIMES OF BALKRISHNA

When joyous sounds emanated from the chieftain Nandbaba’s house
The folks of Brindavan knew that a child was born to Yashoda, his spouse
They flocked to the headman’s home in hordes
Wearing jewellery, large turbans and colourful clothes

Baby Krishna had been placed in His cradle
Cherubic, for everyone a joyous bundle
The folks who had come to this place
Each longed to see and touch His smiling face

Lord Shiva also came upto Nandbaba’s dwelling
He was most eager to see the Baby Lord smiling
But seeing Him scantily dressed and covered with ash
The ignorant doorkeepers turned Him away in a flash

Lord Shiva went a little afar and sat under a tree
He wondered when He could get a looksee
He had come to see the Lord in His new avatar
Never mind that He had to travel from afar

The baby Krishna suddenly cried out and bawled
He kicked at the cradle and would not be consoled
Mother Yashoda and all the ladies present tried to pacify Him in vain
At last they made enquiries and sent for the ash covered figure again

When Lord Shiva came face to face with Lord Vishnu
He marveled at this new “leela” of Lord Vishnu
Tears of joy rolled down His ascetic face
The baby Krishna smiled in cherubic innocence

Lord Shiva was satisfied with this touching meet
He departed for Kailash, happily contented and replete
Baby Krishna was soothed and gurgled liveliness
While the folks gathered around in gay happiness

The she demon Putana, dressed as a nursemaid, came to kill Baby Krishna
She had killed many babies at the behest of the demon Kamsa
She offered Balkrishna milk from her poison covered breast
The baby Krishna happily gurgled and snuggled upto her chest

He sucked so hard that she screamed in pain
But the Lord would not let go and she screamed in vain
Putana fell to the ground in a deathly swoon
The life was drained from her body, all too soon
When baby Krishna began to crawl on all fours
He scuttled hither and thither all over the floors
He crawled over the cowdung and clay
Which made mother Yashoda sigh with dismay

He would crawl upto a calf and try to stand up
He would catch hold of the tail and try to pull himself up
The frightened calf would run all over the place very hard
Balkrishna would hang on, and be dragged all over the yard

He would present a comic sight to Yashoda, His fond foster mother
Who would call all the gopis and enjoy this funny spectacle all together
The Lord Balkrishna thus enjoyed His babyhood
From the simple rustic life He thus grew into childhood

Mother Yashoda caught baby Krishna eating mud
She yanked open His mouth and fainted with a thud
Because she saw the entire universe within that tiny mouth
Something she had scarcely known anything about

The Supreme Lord remains always supreme
In whatever physical form He appears to be
He is eternal, all powerful and omniscient
Lord Krishna as the original Narayan is omnipotent

To understand the Lord in this glorious manifestation
We need to have eyes that are anointed with devotion
As stated in the Bhagavad – Gita, bhakti is the highest form of yoga
The Lord is also known as Yogeshwar, the supreme master of all yoga

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