By: Saumitra Sen
March 27, 2006
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All of the 18 Adhyayas (Chapters) of Gita are about the disenchantment of
Arjuna from War, and Shri Krishna’s exhortation of Arjuna to fight. There
is a single theme in Gita, which is present, everywhere and that is the
eternal fight between dharma and a dharma good and evil. Pandavas are
siding with dharma, while Kauravas are siding with adharma.
Though on stake is a mere material and worldly thing, i.e., Rajya or
possession of a kingdom (though it is not so trivial as a corrupt reign
tyrannizes its subjects) but still that becomes a sufficient cause, for
Lord Shri Krishna to exhort Arjuna to fight and kill his own kith and kin,
his own blood.
Why did he exhort Arjuna to kill his own relatives for a mere worldly
possession? Why did he resort to violence and even deceit in order to
fight Kauravas? Wasn’t it immoral, illegal and not befitting the stature
of Shri Krishna or good, conscientious people like Arjuna to commit all
This is the reason given by today’s opportunist politicians and half-baked
intellectuals regarding Ram Janmabhoomi and Krishna Janmabhoomi, that they
are mere stone structures, that what if they are desecrated, broken and
replaced by Mosques, God is everywhere, and Ishwar Allah tero naam, hence,
what is the difference if Allah is worshipped there instead of Shri
Krishna and Shri Ram. Let it be?
In the words of Sita Ram Goel, “ Hindu psyche has suffered greatly.”
Coming to the point again, then what is the purpose of Gita? What was the
purpose of Shri Krishna in resorting to violence, and exhorting Arjuna to
fight and to kill? Why did he lead such disastrous war just for the sake
of a kingdom?
Because on the stake, was a much greater thing than a material thing such
as kingdom. No material thing could be the justification of such a great
war. On the stake was dharma. Kauravas had gained the kingdom by adharma,
and if Shri Krishna had allowed them their adharmic deeds, then it would
have created precedence for the posterity of the victory of adharma over
dharma. And leaving the ground open for the corrupt and tyrannical
Kauravas on the pretext of shunning violence, Pandavas would have in fact
supported violence indirectly. By resorting to violence they prevented a
corrupt rule on Hastinapur by the adharmic forces of Kauravas.
So dharma and satya were at stake in Kurukshetra. preventing adharma from
gaining victory over dharma was the purpose of Mahabharata and fighting
for dharma against dharma by any possible means and in any conditions is
the message of Gita.
However, we have forgotten this message of Gita in Kali Yuga and have
distorted it. We have taken ahimsa as our dharma unconditionally, even
when it leads to adharmic forces defeating dharmic forces and destroying
the very peace and ahimsa, which was vowed to be protected by ahimsa.
Actually this ahimsa was never our primary dharma. Our dharma was satya
(truth), and our duty was to fight and protect dharma and satya from every
enemy. And violence was not prohibited in this fight for satya and dharma.
Actually violence committed for ensuring peace and non-violence, but
And a non-violence, which leaves its borders unguarded, which lets
adharmic forces overcome dharmic forces and lets them destroy the peace
and non-violence, is not non-violence but violence.
That’s why Shri Krishna asks Arjuna in each and every chapter of Gita to
pick up the weapon and fight adharma. This is the message of Gita.
There are also some more instances in Mahabharata where Shri Krishna
resorts to treachery in order to defeat adharmic forces. When Duryodhana
was going to his mother Gandhari totally naked for gaining power from the
immensely powerful eyes of her, Krishna met him in his way and advised him
not to go naked and at least wear a loincloth. Duryodhana followed the
advice of Krishna and beared its consequences in the final war, when
Krishna again resorting to treachery indicated Bheema to target the thighs
But in Kali Yuga having lost the message of Shri Krishna in Gita have also
lost the distinction between dharma and adharma, and also our deity to
fight for dharma and adharma. That’s why we all raise mindless slogans of
non-violence when adharmic forces attack and destroy our culture, our
temples, our civilization. This is no, non-violence, but sheer cowardice.
At last in the words of Shri Krishna, “Arise Arjuna, pick up your weapon
and fight to defeat adharma”. So, if we want to save our civilization,
then we will again have to hear the teachings of Shri Krishna.
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