‘Karma Yoga’ (Chapter I) ‘Prologue’

Karma Yoga, Mahabharat, Shri Krishna


Arjun, the one among the greatest archers of his times, standing right in the middle of the battlefield of Kurukshetra on his chariot where the greatest war of Mahabharat is about to begin.

Shri Krishna, the God or Holy Spirit, in whatever terms you may choose to define him, is his charioteer. What else can a mortal being ask for!!

On one side there is an army of Arjuna and on the other, of his adversaries in the name of his kith and kins including the elders in whose lap he showed all of his childhood tantrums.

His own Guru, who taught him the archery and made him count among the greatest warriors standing upon the opposite side. What to do!!

Arjun is highly indecisive. He is finding himself at his wit’s end. Sri Krishna, the God, is noticing all the chaos running inside Arjun. At a point, Arjun asked Krishna to move back from the battlefield.

He does not want to spill blood of his own kith and kins as well as his gurus and elders that also just for the sake of regaining his share of kingdom.

He has enough strength in his arms and can propound his kingdom somewhere else instead of killing here of his very own.

Now from here the ‘Gita’ begins. Right from here the word ‘Karma’ comes in its most peculiar way. And then the definition of ‘Karma’ reaches to such a pedestal where it becomes ‘Karma Yoga’.

I would not elaborate much what Sri Krishna told to Arjuna because we all know about it.

Precisely speaking, the crux of ‘Karma Yoga’, in accordance to ‘Geeta’, is to do your karma without the expectation of fruit.

In other words the dharma or duty of Arjuna, as being Kshtriya, was to fight with his enemies without having attachment to results.

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