ART OF RIGHT- (CORRECT) - ACTIONS
“You have right of doing actions, but never any control or right over the fruits of your actions”.
The Bhagavat Gita is a widely studied, popular universal scripture of Hinduism. The scholars and priests of all religions also read it. Hindu Upanishads and the Gita deal with the subject of body mind and Spirit or Soul, and teach practical religion in life. All these scriptures are written in a symbolic (metaphoric) manner.
Arjuna symbolizes a confused intellectual mind. Krishna symbolizes an unbiased clear mind who knows duty-bound actions which must be done at all times by all able intellectual people for the welfare of people in any country.
Arjuna, a great warrior and Pandava prince was in duality of mind, on the battlefield of Kuru-kshatra. “To fight or not to fight in the war” was his dilemma. The fight was against his own relatives and respect worthy elderly people (Guru Janas) and teachers. Arjuna wanted to run away from the battlefield. He had doubts and questions regarding need of war and morals (Dharma) in this war. His trust worthy friend Krishna (Supreme intellect, or Supreme God incarnate in human form) removes his all doubts and shows him the path of Dharma and correct actions. This is Karma-Yoga.
The battlefield of ‘Kuru-Kshatra’ is not some historic place near Delhi but any confused mind. What to do and what not to do, what is right and what is wrong action is many a times question in a given set of circumstances in daily life. This makes the Gita a wonderful scripture for all people of all ages, at all places and at all times.
In all chapters of the Gita, when the word YOGA used singly- it means 'Karma Yoga', and the word GYANA used singly- means 'Self- Knowledge' or Adi-Atma-Gyana. If students remember these two abbreviations then meanings of many verses will become clearer.