यदृच्छया चोपपन्नं स्वर्गद्वारमपावृतम् ।
सुखिनः क्षत्रियाः पार्थ लभन्ते युद्धमीदृशम् ॥२-३२॥
yadrichhaya cho apapannam svargadvaram apavritam
sukhinah kshatriyah partha labhante yuddham idrisham ॥ 2-32 ॥
In Bhagavad Gita chapter 2 verse 32 Lord Krishna addresses Arjuna as Partha (son of Kunti): eulogizing the fact that Arjuna was no ordinary warrior but a chieftain of Pandava clan. As a Kshatriya warrior it was his duty to fight this Dharma yuddha (battle of righteousness) to weed out adharma (evil forces of nature). It was not for Arjuna to pick and choose. As chieftain of Pandava camp, it was his duty to fight enemy head-on, irrespective of the fact that enemy camp contained his maternal grandfather Bhishma Pitamah, Guru Dronacharya… even Karna. As all were siding Duryodhana… they were part of evil!
Lord Krishna prevails on Arjuna that the upcoming battle of Mahabharata was an opportunity to doors of heaven (Swarga in Hinduism). It is stated in scriptures that if one kills the enemy and wins war of dharma (righteousness) or gets killed in the battle… both situations result in one going to heaven (swarga). Such an opportunity for a Kshatriya was once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, one must never miss! Going to heaven (swarga) by fighting just war of dharma (righteousness) was considered pious even by sages and saints of different era. Opportunity of going to heaven swarga was not a birthright of seekers of spirituality, travelers of spiritual path! It was equally available to Kshatriyas (warrior clan) fighting battle of dharma.
In Geeta chapter 2 verse 32 Lord Krishna impresses upon Arjuna merits of engaging in war of dharma with Kauravas, his enemies! Anyone indulging in adharma (evil forces of nature) was an enemy of true Kshatriyas. It was duty of a Kshatriya to fight such enemies, eliminate them. On physical plane, such dharmic deeds were termed meritorious even by sages and saints. What to say of spiritual gains one earned by indulgence in war of dharma (righteousness). Krishna tells Arjuna not to miss this opportunity of gaining entry into heaven (swarga). Even sages and saints yearned for such an opportunity. Dharma yuddha was not a simple war. It was always fought to keep evil at bay.
As per Krishna… a Dharma yuddha (war of righteousness) always results in peace at heart. A Kshatriya who indulged in war of dharma (righteousness) always felt peace within. Arjuna had nothing to lose… no matter what the outcome of war. If he succeeds in killing the enemies in this justified war of dharma… he would go to heaven (swarga). Even if he gets killed in this just war of dharma (righteousness)… then also Arjuna would get a seat in heaven (swarga). Both ways it was a win-win situation. So Arjuna, get prepared to fight this war of dharma (righteousness) without fearing outcome of war.
From allegorical angle, bhagavad gita chapter 2 verse 32 conveys a very deep spiritual meaning. The doors of heaven (swarga) were always open for serious seekers of spirituality, those wanting to reach god in present life. We come unto this world not of our own; we just entered mother earth based on residual balance of karma of the moment. Having manifested human form, it becomes our duty as a human being to undertake spiritual journey in right earnestness to reach god in present life.
The doors of heaven (swarga) were all the time available to serious travelers of spiritual path! By indulgence in good karma, positive karma all the time we could easily enter gates of heaven (swarga in Hinduism). But ultimate goal of life for human beings on mother earth was not going to heaven (swarga)… it was reaching stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally gaining release from cycle of birth and death forever by reaching stage of moksha salvation.
Path of spirituality was easier to travel by a Kshatriya (members of warrior clan)… why? Unless one indulged in Dharma yuddha (war of righteousness) within, one could not undertake spiritual journey in right earnestness! Every given moment of time, evil tendencies within every human being bared their times. By walking path of truthfulness, by indulgence in good karma, positive karma we can subdue evil tendencies within forever. Unless we agreed to fight this war of dharma (righteousness) within… all our spiritual efforts would go in vain.
We had to become an Arjuna to win this battle of dharma (righteousness) against evil forces of adharma (lawlessness). This battle of Mahabharata always continued within all human beings all the time. To decide our goal of life, to undertake spiritual journey is the first step towards God Almighty. We had to overcome evil tendencies of passion, Moha (extreme emotional attachment) towards loved ones… if we truly wanted to reach god in present life. Establishing control over Moha (attachment) was part of establishing absolute control over five senses and mind.
For negating karma to zero, our establishing absolute control over five senses and mind was necessitated… ordained by God Almighty! To reach our true inner self, to realize our true inner self… our indulgence in Dharma yuddha (battle between righteous and evil forces of nature within) was an absolute must. Seekers who left things to chance or travelled path of religion (rituals) and not path of spirituality never gained anything in spiritual life. Spiritual journey can only be undertaken in right earnestness when we scuttled forces of Moha (extreme emotional attachment) forever.
Doing away with physical relationships was a difficult task for a true seeker of spirituality. For one in search of god… the whole world becomes one large family. A true seeker could never differentiate between loved ones and one amongst masses, commoners! One seeing god in all finally realizes one’s true identity… becomes a pure soul atman, the spirit within! Every shloka verse of Bhagavad Gita was directed towards human beings learning intricacies of true spiritual life. Essence of spiritual life never lay in technical terms, literal meaning! One has to dive deep into the bottomless pit of jnana wisdom that lay hidden from normal human beings. We have to contemplate and reach the hidden underlying meaning.
Spiritual journey was not difficult to travel if we developed hundred percent faith in God Almighty. Furthermore, practicing path of absolute truthfulness was also necessitated to reach god in present life! Unless we were truthful life… we could never recognize presence of Lord Krishna residing in our heart… in form of soul atman, the spirit within! One who recognized that doors to God Almighty, doors to stage of moksha salvation were all the time available to human beings truly were lucky. Why seek god in temples, churches and mosques when essence of life already existed in our heart as our soul atman, the spirit within! Journey of spirituality was an inner process… never external!
A true seeker never believes in path of religion (path of rituals). A true seeker of god never went to temples, churches or mosques! One who recognizes this truth early in life finally reaches god in present life. Sayings of Lord Krishna in Chapter 2 Verse 32 were blatantly clear… look within to reach Lord Krishna existing within you. Born a human being is being lucky. Only in human form we finally gained enlightenment (stage of kaivalya jnana) reaching stage of moksha salvation at the end of journey. What more could we ask of god, when God Almighty exists within our heart in miniscule form as our soul atman, the spirit within! Let us not be hasty in spiritual conclusions.
We all must indulge in teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita to reach God in present life. What could be nobler than the thought that opportunity of reaching god was available to every human being on mother earth in equal measure! Reaching god was not the birthright of selected few as claimed by many. In every religion, person of every faith, belief or creed had absolute right to reach god in present life. The domain of God Almighty was available in equal measure to both rich and poor. Every human being on mother earth… in whatever situation one is has been given equal opportunity by god to reach him. So says Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita.
Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – Sep 22, 2014
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