Gita’s Sharanagati – 2 (Refuge in the Lord!)

Gita begins with “Sharanagati”  (taking refuge) and ends with “Sharanagati“.  Lord Krishna and Arjuna were together all the time.  In Srimad Bhagavat,  Arjuna says  –  
Shayyaasanaatanvikathnbhojanaadi – shvaikyaad vayasya rutvaaniti vipralabdhah |sakhyuh sakheva pitruvattnayasya sarvam sehe mahaan mahitayaa kumater dham me ||  

(Srimad Bhagwat 1/15/19)  

“While sleeping, sitting, wandering, chit-chatting,  and eating with Lord Krishna,  I developed such spontaneity with him, that I often called him “O’  friend!  you are my very own!”   Saying so I used to even pounce on him.  But with dignity and greatness, the great Lord,  used to tolerate all those scorns and contempt from my limited intellect,  just like a friend tolerates all the insults and scorning of his friend,  and a father does the same for his son.”  

Even though the Lord was a very close friend of Arjuna,  then too the Lord did not offer the message of Gita to Arjuna. However, at the time of war, when the weapons were ready to be used on both sides  –  

Pravruitte shastrasampaate dhanurudyamya paandavah”  

(Gita 1/20). 

During that time, the Lord shared the gospel of Gita with Arjuna !  Was this an opportune time of peace and quiet for sharing the Gita?   The answer to this is that previously Arjuna had not become restless, nor has he taken refuge in the Lord.    When he saw on the battlefield that both parties had his kith and kin,  then a dilemma creeped in as to whether to fight or not?   Will we win in battle or will the Kauravas win?   Is my supreme good in fighting the war or is it in not fighting?  He took refuge in the Lord and prayed-  

Kaarpanya dosho pahataswabhaavah
prucchaami tvaam dharmasamoodhchetaah |
Yacchreyah syaannischinta broohi tanme
Shishyasteham shaadhi maam tvaam prapannam ||


“My nature is overwhelmed with the vice of faint-heartedness and my mind is confused with regard to my duty.  I entreat you,  to please tell me what is decidedly for my eternal good.  I am your disciple.  Do instruct me,  who have taken refuge in you.”  (Gita 2/7)   

Thus, in the beginning of the GitaArjuna takes refuge in God and asks about his supreme good, his salvation and in the end God tells Arjuna to take refuge in Him –  
“Maamekum sharanam vraj”  (Gita 18/66)

……. to be continued From book in hindi “Jit Dekhu Titi Tu” by Swami Ramsukhdasji Maharaj