Jai: I would like
to know first how Lord Krishna and Arjuna
happened to talk on the battlefield,
came about in this way, Jai. The war
of Mahabharata was about to begin after
peace talks by Lord Krishna and others
failed to avoid the war. When the soldiers
were gathered on the battlefield, Arjuna
asked Lord Krishna to drive his chariot
between the two armies so that he could
see those who were ready to fight. Seeing
all his relatives, friends, and soldiers
on the battlefield and fearing their
destruction, he became compassionate.
Jai: What does compassionate
Compassion does not mean pity, Jai.
That would be looking down on others
as poor, pitiful creatures. Arjuna was
feeling their pain and their unlucky
situation as his own. Arjuna was a great
warrior, who had fought many wars and
was well prepared for the war, but suddenly
his compassion made him not want to
fight. He spoke of the evils of war
and sat down on the seat of his chariot,
his mind full of sorrow. He saw no use
in fighting. He did not know what to
Jai: I don’t
blame him. I wouldn’t want to
fight either. Why do people fight, Grandma?
Why are there wars?
there are not only wars between nations,
but quarrels between two people, quarrels
between brothers and sisters, between
husband and wife, between friends and
neighbors. The main reason is that people
are not able to let go of their selfish
motives and desires. Most wars
are fought for possession and power.
But all problems could be solved peacefully
if people could see both sides of the
problem and work out an agreement. War
should be the last resort. Our holy
books say: One should not commit violence
towards anyone. Unjustified killing
is punishable in all circumstances.
Lord Krishna urged Arjuna to fight for
his rights, but not to kill needlessly.
It was his duty as a warrior to fight
a declared war and establish peace and
law and order on earth.
We humans also have wars going inside
all of us. Our negative and positive
forces are always fighting. The negative
forces within us are represented by
the Kauravas and the positive forces
by the Pandavas.The Gita does not have
stories in it to illustrate the teachings,
so I will add some stories from other
sources to help you.
Here is a story about negative and
positive thoughts fighting each other
that Lord Krishna Himself told to Arjuna
1. Mr. Truthful
There once lived a great hermit, who
was famous for telling the truth. He
had taken a vow not to lie and was popularly
known as “Mr. Truthful.”
No matter what he said, everyone believed
him because he had earned a great