Faith

Why Arjuna was chosen

When all five Pandava brothers were present, why did Lord Krishna single out Arjuna to be the recipient of His advice in the form of the Bhagavad Gita? It could not have been a random choice. Before the Kurukshetra war began, Yudhishtra walked over to the opposite side where Bhishma and his teacher Drona were ready to fight the Pandavas. Yudhishtra sought their blessings before the war began. They said that dharma would triumph in the end.

Yudishtra knew that dharma was on his side, said Valayapet Ramachariar in a discourse. He had been more than reasonable in his requests to the Kauravas. But they had turned down all his proposals, and peace with them was no longer possible. Yudishtra knew that he was doing the right thing by fighting them. He knew he was waging a dharmic war. So as far as he was concerned, there was no confusion in his mind.

Bhima was eager to fight and was not bothered with dharmic questions. But Arjuna was the one who was troubled in his mind. He knew that as a warrior he had to fight and could not turn back from a battle. But how could he kill Bhishma or Drona? That was his dilemma. So he was the one who needed instruction. That was why Krishna gave him advice through the Gita. Arjuna fell at Krishna’s feet and wanted Krishna to clear his doubts. What Krishna told him through the Gita was Brahma Vidya. This is a secret Sastra and should be learned only from an Acharya.

There is the story of Satyakama told in the Upanishad. Satyakama received instruction on Brahma Vidya from Agni, a swan and also from a diver bird, and yet, he requested his teacher Sage Gautama to teach him, because this vidya must be learnt only from a guru.

Because Arjuna fell at His feet, Krishna taught him this most secret sastra.

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Apr 17, 2021 9:35:11 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/society/faith/why-arjuna-was-chosen/article19402644.ece

Next Story