Chapter 1 – Verses 32-35
Arjuna asks Govinda of what use is the kingdom if for whom he desires the kingdom are standing opposite him on the battlefield ready to fight.
He asks Lord Krishna that if all his relatives (grandfather, son, grandsons ) are ready to give up their life in the battle why he should kill them.
Arjuna knows that if he does not kill them they will definitely kill him. Yet he does not want to fight them even if he were offered the three worlds, let alone this earth. He wonders what pleasure he would derive from killing the sons of Dhrtarastra?
Arjuna does not want to fight the battle as he knows that he will have to kill his own relations. If all his relatives are killed why then does he need a kingdom? Here Arjuna is forgetting that he is fighting to acquire the kingdom which was rightfully his and as a kshatriya he had to have a kingdom to rule.
He is compassionate towards his close relatives and has deep affection for them. He is becoming emotional and forgetting the fact that the fight is for the kingdom and not for his victory. It is not a personal battle but one to be fought for the community at large.
There is a very important aspect that we can understand from the above questions. We must be very clear as to what we are doing and why.
When army men fight a battle, it is for the country and not for their personal happiness or revenge. When we are doing our duty for the country we must never bring our personal emotions in it. When a policeman shoots a criminal it is because he is trying to save the people and it is his duty to do so. If the policeman looks for personal satisfaction in the shooting then the act becomes a killing and not a duty.
We must do our duty with perfection and not look for personal gains in it. When we do something correctly and with a feeling of surrender to the Lord, we will be awarded with more than what we deserve. Whereas if we do anything with an ulterior motive or with the intention of gaining something we will get what we deserve and nothing more.
As soon as we bring our personal gain or happiness in our performance we end up gaining lesser than what otherwise the Lord would shower on us.
Anyway we have to do our duty… we have to do what we have to do. We must not calculate the gains and losses whilst performing our duty. No mother calculates her profit while cooking food for her children and family. She does her duty with love and surrender.
Calculations lead to confusion and a feeling of disheartenment. Also calculating our benefits from our duty means we are looking only for personal benefit. Gains and benefits will come anyway. The more sincere and dedicated we are towards our work, benefits will increase.
Whether the people around notice our commitment or not, the Lord surely does. And our only purpose and aim in life should be to do our duty with complete surrender to the Lord. We have to trust in the Supreme Consciousness who sees everything and rewards us accordingly.
Let us change, make a switch in the way we perform our duty. Let us not look for someone on whom we can thrust our work, our responsibility. Let us take the responsibility accorded to us and perform our duty with utmost precision without looking for the benefits that we might avail from it.
No one can take what is rightfully ours. God, the supreme power will never neglect his devotees. He will take care of those who surrender to him with full faith.
Let us work on changing our concept of work…our concept of duty and leave the rest to the Almighty. He will surely bless us with abundance…