Arjuna's Decision Making through Spirituality
By Kapil Kakar
Decision Making has been with man since the time he been conscious of himself and the environment around him. Our great ancestors in Stone Age took decisions but those were pertaining to survival and living. Thousand of years hence we are still taking decisions the only difference being now decisions are taken not for survival but to display one's competencies in life, to surpass others, always trying to stay ahead in race and eventually satisfying one's ego.
Some Five Thousand years ago Arjuna a man of intelligence but without discriminatory ability found himself in the fix. He was unable to decide initially whether he should be fighting the battle against kauravas or not. And his decision came after measuring all pros and cons that he should not be fighting against his cousins.
Fortunately for Arjuna Lord Krishna was there to make him aware about the factuality's and from there on also assisted him in reconsidering his decision and finally changing it. But in today's world we do not have Krishna in flesh and blood to help us in our decisions.
One can imagine the precarious situation of Arjuna by observing the questions asked by him to Lord Krishna in Bhagvad Gita.
In Text 31 CH-I Arjuna says “I do not see how any good can come from killing my own kinsmen in this battle, nor can I, my dear Krishna, desire any subsequent victory, kingdom, or happiness.”
In Text 32-35 Ch-1 Arjuna Says “ O Govinda, of what avail to us are a kingdom, happiness or even life itself when all those for whom we may desire them are now arrayed on this battlefield? O Madhusudhan, when teachers, fathers, sons, grandfathers, maternal uncles, fathers-in-law, grandsons, brothers-in-law and other relatives are ready to give up their lives and properties and are standing before me, why should I wish to kill them, even though they might otherwise kill me? O maintainer of all living entities, I am not prepared to fight with them even in exchange for the three worlds, let alone this earth. What pleasure will we derive from killing the sons of Dhritrashtra?
In Text 36 Ch-1 Arjuna Says “Sin will overcome us if we slay such aggressors. Therefore it is not proper for us to kill the sons of Dhritrashtra and our friends. What should we gain, O Krishna, husband of the goodness of fortune, and how could we be happy by killing our own kinsmen?
In Text 37-38 Ch-1 Arjuna further says “O janardhan, although these men, their hearts overtaken by greed, see no fault in killing one's family or quarreling with friends, why should we, who can see the crime in destroying a family, engage in these acts of sin?
Arjuna was a Sincere, Honest and a Good living being. One can easily conclude this from what he thought and the questions asked by him. He had sound reasons which actually made him reluctant to fight against the kauravas. He was overwhelmed in the battlefield by seeing his cousins, relatives and friends standing against him and he could not understand what he would achieve by killing them.
He was a man who was clearly disinterested in the materialistic possessions though he had adequate power to get them. He was from a royal family and still was willing to give all the comforts of life just for the sake of his relatives, friends who on the other hand were prepared to kill him and his brothers for the pride, vanity, ego and materialistic things.
Lord Krishna very patiently answered all his queries, cleared all his doubts and never tried to conclude things in haste nor compelled Arjuna to fight unwillingly. He made Arjuna to realize the vulnerability of the situation all by himself without actually imposing His (Krishna's) views in him.
Does this mean that we are unfortunate not to have Krishna with us as we do no not have Him to guide and make us discriminate between do's and don'ts in this ever challenging life which appears in different unexpected forms?
The answer to this question has been given in Bhagvad Gita where in Text 20 Ch-X Lord says “I am the supersoul which dwells in the hearts of all living entities. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings.”
We can clearly understand from above statement that God is omnipresent. He is right their in you and if you want to witness him you will have to see Him from the eyes of faith. To get the solutions to your problems you will have to approach him. He will not come to you unless and until you invite him to solve your problem like what Arjuna did. You will have to be Arjuna and to be Arjuna you will have to dispel your ego and submissively surrender yourself to God and than act on His advice like Arjuna did. He is the only one you can have faith on, if you truly want to enhance faith in yourself for any purpose in life and that includes Decision Making.