Verse 9

 

 

9. Arjuna is not even aware of his condition so Sanjaya steps in and reports his total collapse. Arjuna lays down his bow and arrow and refuses to fight. All selfish, extroverted activity ends in depression. You lose your cheer and enthusiasm. Fatigue and bitterness take over. In the end you are unable to act.

Selfish activity leads to burnout. You feel drained of energy. When you are unselfish you feel rejuvenated, invigorated and vitalised. With selfishness come boredom, monotony and drudgery. When you are unselfish you are excited, enthusiastic and exhilarated. Selfishness leads to stress and unhappiness. Unselfishness makes you calm, leading to phenomenal success and happiness. Most importantly, desires increase with selfish activity. Unselfish, dedicated activity reduces desires.

Krsna’s message lifts Arjuna out of depression and empowers him to act in a spirit of yajna – service and sacrifice. In the end Arjuna fights the battle and wins. Similarly the Gita helps us fight the challenges of life and emerge victorious.

 

 

Verse 10

 

 

10. Krsna smiles. He understands Arjuna’s condition and has a clear solution to the problem. Arjuna is involved and is functioning on emotion. Krsna is objective and is viewing the situation with the intellect. The cloud of emotion passes. Intellectual wisdom prevails. This is only a temporary aberration of the mind that can be corrected.

Krsna and Arjuna are located between the two armies. Stand between good and bad actions. Be free of the influence of desires and perform your obligatory duties. Surrender to the higher – Krsna. You will get the knowledge of the Self.