Arjuna’s Dilemma – The Story of Arjuna Viṣhāda Yoga (Chap -1)

BHAGAVAT GEETA

The Arjuna Vishada-yoga is the first part of a big book called the Bhagavad Gita. It’s made up of 47 verses. This part is in the Bhishma Parva, which is the 23rd chapter of the sixth book of the Mahabharata.

Once upon a time, in a magical land called Kurukshetra, there lived a brave and skilled warrior named Arjuna. Arjuna was part of a royal family and was known for his remarkable archery skills. He was a prince and was loved by everyone in his kingdom.

Arjuna had a close friend named Krishna, who was not just an ordinary friend, but also a wise and divine being. Krishna was like a guiding light to Arjuna, always ready to help and give advice.

One day, a great war was about to begin in Kurukshetra between two groups of cousins, the Kauravas, and the Pandavas. Arjuna was a part of the Pandava group. As Arjuna looked across the battlefield, he saw his own relatives, friends, and teachers on the other side, ready to fight against him. This sight made Arjuna’s heart heavy with sorrow and confusion.

Arjuna went to Krishna, feeling troubled and lost. He said, “Oh Krishna, I am filled with sadness and doubt. How can I fight in this war against my own family and loved ones? I don’t want to hurt them, and I don’t want to be the cause of their suffering.”

Krishna listened patiently to Arjuna’s concerns and then began to explain something very important. He said, “Arjuna, life is full of challenges and sometimes we are faced with difficult choices. This war is not just about you, it’s about doing what is right for the greater good. As a warrior, it is your duty to fight for justice and protect your kingdom. Remember, your actions have a purpose beyond just your personal feelings.”

Arjuna was still confused. He asked, “But Krishna, how can I fight when it feels so wrong? How can I find the strength to do what needs to be done?”

Krishna smiled gently and started telling Arjuna a story:

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“In a lush forest, there lived a young lion named Simha. Simha was kind and gentle, unlike other lions who were fierce and proud. One day, the animals of the forest came to Simha with a problem. A wicked and cunning fox had been causing trouble, stealing their food, and spreading lies. The animals asked Simha for help, but he hesitated. He was afraid of hurting the fox and causing suffering.”

“Simha’s wise friend, an old owl named Ullu, came to his aid. Ullu said, ‘Dear Simha, being kind and gentle is a wonderful trait, but sometimes we must do what is necessary to protect others from harm. By stopping the fox, you are ensuring the safety and well-being of the entire forest.'”

Arjuna was intrigued by the story. Krishna continued, “Arjuna, just like Simha, you have a responsibility to protect your kingdom, uphold justice, and defend the right path. Sometimes, doing the right thing might be difficult and even painful, but it is essential for the greater good.”

Arjuna realized that Krishna was teaching him an important lesson about duty and righteousness. He understood that his role as a warrior was not just about his personal feelings, but about the well-being of his people and his kingdom.

With newfound determination, Arjuna stood up and looked at Krishna with gratitude. He said, “Krishna, I understand now. I will fulfill my duty as a warrior and fight for justice, even if it means going against my own emotions.”

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Krishna smiled at Arjuna’s courage and said, “Arjuna, remember that life is a journey filled with challenges and choices. Stay true to your principles and act with a selfless heart. And whenever you feel lost, I will be here to guide you.”

With Krishna’s words in his heart, Arjuna joined the battle with a renewed spirit. He fought bravely, not just for himself, but for the greater good of his kingdom. As the war raged on, Arjuna faced many challenges, but he never wavered from his path of righteousness.

This special part of the Bhagavad Gita talks about important things like doing the right things, being good, feeling unsure sometimes, and how life works. It’s like the starting point of a big talk between Arjuna and Krishna. It helps set the stage for lessons about doing what’s right, how our actions affect us, and finding peace inside ourselves.

And so, the story of Arjuna Viṣhāda Yoga teaches us that sometimes, doing what is right just might be difficult, but it is our duty to uphold these values for the well-being of all. Just like Arjuna found guidance in Krishna, we too can find strength in our values and the wisdom of those who guide us, even when faced with tough choices on our own journeys.

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