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Bhagavad Gita is a sermon given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna when the latter out of non-understanding wanted to escape from his duty as a warrior. Arjuna went into despair(Vishada) when he realized that he has to kill his own cousins to win the war and rule the kingdom just to enjoy sensate pleasures. This thought upset Arjuna and he felt that it better to opt out of war rather than doing such idiotic thing to kill his own relatives for the sake of kingdom. But the cause of war did not happen in a single day. His cousins not only refused to give their rightful share in the kingdom which they are entitled for, but they even refused to give even five villages to each of five Pandava brothers. His cousins Kauravas wanted to throw away from the kingdom and to see them as beggars. When all diplomatic efforts fail war became imminent. Sri Krishna is on side of Pandavas and he took the role of charioteer of Arjuna in the war. Seeing Arjuna’s despair Krishna took that opportunity positively and he turned the focus of attention of Arjuna towards truth. After hearing the sutras in Samkhya yoga Arjuna started longing for truth and war became secondary though he is a warrior. So Krishna is successful to convert despair of Arjuna into longing for truth. By nature coal and diamond are made of same carbon but it is a skill to convert coal into a diamond.Krishna did that in case of Arjuna by using his alchemy of understanding. There are 18 chapters in Bhagavad Gita but Samkhya yoga, which is the yoga of understanding is the direct approach to truth. Others are meant for those who cannot understand Samkhya yoga. Lord Krishna himself declared this. Just as many rivers enter into the ocean there are innumerable approaches to truth also. But this Yoga of understanding is best says Lord Krishna. So the author selected Samkhya yoga to convey the essence of Bhagavad Gita.
Many feel that Arjuna wanted to be non-violent but Krishna encouraged him to be violent. Having seen relatives on the other side attachment and fear gripped Arjuna and his every fiber started shaking. Arjuna’s life is violent oriented. If the other side are not strangers he don’t mind hurting them or slaughtering like animals. Arjuna is deeply rooted in violence. In fact Arjuna killed thousands of people in Virat kingdom when war broke between Pandavas and Kauravas and Pandavas won the war because of valor of Arjuna. Non-violence can happen only in a person who does not see separation between his own people and others. Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharshi treated even animals on par with humans. Had the war happened between Arjuna and the strangers Arjuna would not have been aware that he is violent and war is evil and immoral. The divine interference of Krishna made him to realize all these. That realization is an outcome of self-inquiry in the setting which existence created for Arjuna. Only in extraordinary situation what is hidden deep within us manifests. When some stranger dies we also don’t feel much, but if some one who is looking us lovingly suddenly dies because unconsciously we have great so many expectations still from him.