In this post, Slokas From Gita (Nos.8-9)(Ch.2), the text of Bhagavat Gita narrated. Slokas From Gita (Nos.8-9)(Ch.2) consists of the 8th and 9th Slokas of CH.2. Observing the Army on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra from the Gita.
na hi prapasyami mamapanudyad
yac chokam ucchosanam indriyanam
avapya bhumav asapatnam rddham
rajyam suranam api cadhipatyam
I can find no means to drive away from this grief that is drying up my senses. I cannot destroy it even if I win an unrivaled kingdom on the earth with sovereignty like that of the demigods in heaven.
Arjuna was trying to explain his problems with his knowledge of religion and moral codes that he cannot solve his real problem without the spiritual master, Lord Sri Krsna. He could understand that his so-called knowledge was useless to solve his problems, which were drying up his whole existence. He only can solve such complexity with the help of a spiritual master like Lord Krsna. Academic knowledge, degrees, etc., are all meaningless to solving the problems of life; the only one who can help to come out of the problem is a spiritual master like Krsna. Therefore, the inference is that a spiritual master who is one hundred percent Krsna conscious is the true spiritual master, for he can solve the problems of life.
If economic development and material comforts could drive away from one’s sorrow for family, social, national, or international stupefy, then Arjuna would not have said that even an unrivaled kingdom on earth or supremacy like that of the demigods on the heavenly planets would not be able to drive away his sorrow. He sought, therefore, a refuge in Krsna consciousness, and that is the only path to peace and harmony. Supremacy over the world by way of economic development can vanish at any moment by the disaster of material natureThe Bhagavad-gita confirms this: ksine punye martyalokam visit “When the results of pious activities are finished, one falls again from the peak of happiness to the lowest status of life.” Downfalls of this nature only constitute more causes for sorrow.
Therefore, if we want to mitigate sorrow forever, then we have to take shelter of Krsna, as Arjuna is seeking to do. So Arjuna requested Krsna to solve his problem, which is the way of Krsna’s consciousness.
evam uktva hrsikesam
na yotsya iti govindam
uktva tusnim babhuva ha
Sanjaya said: Having spoken all these, told Krsna, “Govinda, I shall not fight,” and fell silent.
Dhrtarastra must have been very delighted to understand that Arjuna was not ready to fight and was instead of leaving the battlefield for the begging profession. But soon he became disappointed listening to what Sanjaya said to him. He said that Arjuna was competent to kill his enemies. Although Arjuna was for the time devastated with false sorrow due to family affection, he surrendered unto the supreme spiritual master, Krsna, , as a disciple.
This indicated that he would soon be free from the false grief resulting from family affection and would acquire perfect knowledge of self-realization, or Krsna consciousness, and would then obviously fight the battle. Thus, Dhrtarastra’s joy would be disappointing, since Arjuna would be enlightened by Krsna and would fight to the end.