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Talks on the Bhagavad Gita - 5

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In the Gita, two families were about to fight - the Kauravas and Pandavas. Arjuna sees his relatives standing on the opposite side - his brothers, cousins, teachers, relatives, uncles. He needs to fight in order to reestablish law and order. This is true in our lives, but we feel sometimes that we are helpless. We want to do the right thing yet are confused with attachment and fear. Why do I have to do this? Why do I have to kill my relatives? 

There are six enemies in us - desire, anger, 
greed, jealousy, attachment and pride.

All our negative emotions and qualities are our relatives. They do not want to leave us. They prosper and are creating problems. Let's say you want to wake up from tomorrow at 6:00 a.m. to do meditation, but you can't get up. You made the sankalpa, the resolve. You have the alarm clock, a powerful one, and you turn it off and go back to sleep. Tamas, inertia, or lethargy is another relative that is not allowing you to do what you want to do. It means we do not have freedom. 

They bind us because of attachment. Any time you try to get rid of them, they will attack you and manipulate your mind so that you cannot do anything. They all will create such excuses for you that you will think, that's fine, today's okay. Or not six o'clock, maybe seven o'clock, and when seven o'clock comes, maybe seven thirty. And by then, it's time to go to work and then you are forced to get up. Your will power is within, covered by the negative emotions. 

We are all Arjuna. Inside, deep down, we all are seeking some kind of knowledge, some kind of guidance, some kind of liberation. We don’t want to be bound. We want to free ourselves, to really feel that we are free. 

The joy of that freedom comes from within.

Many times we don't want to fight, we don't want to face our problems. Many people go to sleep to avoid it or do something else or don't want to talk about it or think about it. It gets buried in a corner of your unconscious mind. A few days or few weeks later it manifests in another form. It's more dangerous when you bury things and do not face them. 

Arjuna dropped his arms, his bow and arrows. He just gave up.