Arjuna Agrees To Fight the Battle

Arjuna Agrees To Fight the Battle Philosophy Social Studies Tragedies and Triumphs

In chapter 11 of the Bhagavad-Gita—a Hindu Scripture which is part of India's longest epic, The MahabharataArjuna (a Pandava Prince) agrees to fight the battle (at Kurukshetra) which he has tried so hard to avoid. This change-in-thinking happens after Krishna reveals his universal form to Arjuna.

We learn from the asitis.com website that:

Arjuna's illusion is now gone, and he is acting according to Krishna's instructions. Krishna, the driver of countless universes, is driving the chariot of Arjuna.

Krishna has allowed Arjuna to see him in his universal form—as the whole of the cosmos—by giving the Prince special (divine) vision. Without this special ability to see, Arjuna could not have gazed upon Krishna's universal form.

Having seen the real Krishna, and having been instructed by Krishna in the ways of life, Arjuna abandons his fear of battle (and his worries that he might be committing a sin by fighting against his teachers, his friends and his near-relatives).

He picks-up his bow and arrows and proceeds to do his duty in battle. With his newly found confidence, and his devotion to Krishna, Arjuna is ready to undertake the task he had previously refused.

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