by Jayaram V
Arjuna's sorrow in the Bhagavad gita is symbolic of all human suffering. It is
out of sorrow and suffering that man becomes interested in philosophical matters
and begins his spiritual journey. This may not happen universally, but in most cases
Our experiences repeatedly prove that sorrow is the inseparable companion to
man, his eye-opener, his true teacher of philosophical truths, without which perhaps
he would remain spiritually ignorant.
Suffering puts our egos in their place and forces us to turn
to God for help,
just as Arjuna, the great warrior turned to Lord Krishna for
help and guidance. In the following first four essays we will
analyze and discuss the spiritual significance of Arjuna's
suffering and its outcome in the light of the teachings of the Bhagavadgita
. The remaining essays also deal with the problem of
suffering from other perspectives.
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