The Gita: Srimad Bhagwadgita: श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता : Chapter 1:40-1:41

|| परमपूज्य, प्रातःस्मरणीय पं. श्री मुरलीधर जी मिश्र||
|| परमपूज्य, प्रातःस्मरणीय पं. श्री मुरलीधर जी मिश्र||

I bow down to lotus feet of my first Guru, my revered father Pandit Shri Murli Dhar ji Mishr,  my Vidya Guru Kaul Shiromani Shri Shivanand Nath ji, Yoga Guru Paramhamsa Shri Balendu Giri ji Maharaj and all the compassionate Masters and divine souls of Gurumandala..  I pray for their love, support and guidance..


प्रथमोSध्यायः… (Continued 1:40 – 1:41)

कुलक्षये प्रणश्यन्ति कुलधर्माः सनातनाः ।

धर्मे नष्टे कुलं कृत्स्नमधर्मोऽभिभवत्युत ॥ १-४०॥

When the family (men) is destroyed the eternal laws of the family are lost and when the laws disappear from family, it is overwhelmed with the sheer lawlessness.

अधर्माभिभवात्कृष्ण प्रदुष्यन्ति कुलस्त्रियः ।

स्त्रीषु दुष्टासु वार्ष्णेय जायते वर्णसङ्करः ॥ १-४१॥

Lovely Soul,

So far Arjuna was just confused and his mind was shaken at this though expected but never-ever-experienced-yet type experience. His mind was reeling under the stress of taking up this war and trying to give him some excuses to avoid this gigantic, tiring and quite loaded (in terms of its consequences) opportunity mainly because the outcome was unpredictable and thus a fear.

Most of us think mind to be extremely active, energetic faculty of ours but more often than it is not! We might confuse its restlessness with energy but mind the habit of mind is to go in circles.. and it continues to engage in the same thoughts and ideas over and again till eternity unless we place a resolve in it through buddhi, We must train the mind to engage in chintan (linear or purposeful thinking) otherwise this running-always going-nowhere mind shall never do that. The best mind is good at is called – chinta (worry). And there is an intrinsic difference between chintan (thoughtful aware thinking with a goal in mind) and chinta (the repetitive and circular movement of mind with no goal and just caught in the net of innate instincts and senses). Hence one must learn to command one’s mind so what if it is a himalayan task because if you have not trained your mind.. when opportunities present themselves it is ought to fail you. Gita might seem to us as a preparation for the battle of Mahabharata in the outer world but the truth is Gita is also about the inner battle, the battle field being the mind of a seeker, a yogi… that is Arjuna. It is more about the inner struggles of mind in choosing between the purposeful, just, apt action (dharma) and the opposite. And one must recognize the very fact here itself.. to be able to clearly see what dharma is, one needs continuous guidance from a Guru. Krishna does the trick for Arjuna here but for you.. You too need someone who can hit you hard, someone whom you respect and love to the extent that you take his words as ‘truth’, not out of compulsion but with faith and reverence.. and later you will see Gita echoing the same verse written elsewhere “Mantra moolam guruvaakyam..”

The last sentence which Arjua spoke prior to this was “Even if they (karuvas), because their minds have been deluded by greed, can’t see the wickedness of destroying the family and crime in betraying their own friends, how could we fail to see that we should turn away from this evil, we who see the wickedness of destroying the family, Janardanawhere his mind had given an umbrella excuse already, established in condemnation for others and praise for self.

Now Arjuna’s mind seem to have collected some supporting stuff and he goes on to say “When the family (men) is destroyed the eternal laws of the family are lost and when the laws disappear from family, it is overwhelmed with the sheer lawlessness.” Look at this sentence once more and you would know despite questioning his own engagement in the war previous sentence he is assuming and imagining as if the war has already commenced. People have already been killed and their women have become become corrupt in absence of supervision/protection of family heads. “In the absence of laws, Krishna the women of the family gets corrupted. When women become corrupted Varshneya, varna-sankara are born” Thus having been rendered supportless and unsafe they have already started taking shelter and refuse with other people (men) for their survival, leading to a birth of varna-sankaras.

For those who don’t understand this term varna-sankara let me put it in perspective. Indian social system is a very holistic and scientifically designed system which not only serves the social fabric and social-order but also helps in over all spiritual journey of souls through the series of lifetimes/incarnations. There were/are four designated class of people called varna – Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. Brahmins are those who are pursuing goal of attaining wisdom and engaged in spreading education. These are the people who have written vedas, upanishdas, various other aspects of sciences like astronomy, jyotish, vastu, Ayurveda etc.  Kshatriyas are the ones who rule and manage the state/country or kingdom. These kshatriyas are supposed to be gallantry warriors, ready to sacrifice their lives in protecting their own (country’s or kingdom’s) people, land and assets. They are also establisher of law and order in the society. Vaishya are those who engage in ethical business and trading.. helping in fulfilling society’s material needs. Then Shudra is one who offers one’s services to others.. whatever it may be.. right from cleaning, washing to supporting in farming etc. Service of society at large through manual (nonintellectual) work is the job of Shudra. One must understand in ancient times (even before dwapara yuga) this classification was very loosely bound to the basis of genetics or the family one is born in. That means one who takes birth in a Vaishya family can become a Kashtriya by virtue of his action, willingness and caliber. A kshatriya can become a brahmin if he chooses to pursue self-inquiry and path of knowledge. However later this system was tightly and firmly associated with the birth and gotten bit corrupt.

In fact when society is arranged in such a distinguishable groups the journey of a soul is eased because one can (easily choose) take birth in the family with similar (defined) traits which one is familiar with and has attained proficiency in. The method and techniques of self-inquiry work best when they are adopted in continuation. For example a brahmin generally reaches the self-realization through rituals, yoga, mantra and meditation however the same state is achievable to a kshatriya through concentration and one-pointedness of hid mind during a fierce battle. (what do you think japanese samurais are?) So on and so forth.. so when a soul is trying a  comeback it is easy for that to choose a typical environment, conducive to its growth when a clear demarcation and defined patterns of social actions exist in the form of varnas. I can speak about this at length but it is not apt to further engage in this discussion at this juncture.

So what Arjuna is saying here that when the families (men) are destroyed in the war their women will have to take shelter and associate themselves with some other varnas in all probabilities because in such a large scale massacre one varna (i.e. kshatryas) in the country will become almost extinct. And thus because of these kshatriya women marrying some other varnas will give birth to varna-sankara (mixed-varna). And thus these varnasankaras will be confused about their traditional family rituals. Their DNA mix will shall also confuse their minds with inherent traits. Thus they would neither be growing as kshatriyas nor as vaishya/brahmins or shudras. And there will be a social chaos.

Well, some people might disagree but the similar thing happened in so called America almost for two centuries. It became a crucible for DNA crunching and thus came forth many generations which were most morally/intellectually bankrupt. There were no social rules and all sort of issues erupted in that nation. Believe it or not it is American race which has brought about some very nasty in-obvious things/trends in this world and the stabilization of that society (which is still going on) was possible only through the teachings from East – a place of such so called orthodox, outdated and strict social systems (smiles)

Whatever I said just now does not mean the logic of Arjuna is in perspective and just but this truth in isolation can not be ignored as well. Arjuna is bringing forth the flawed logic but that is right in its own right!

Enough for today.

Blessings from Masters..

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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