Family Feud -Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 1: 26-31

Arjuna’s Depression

Standing there, the Son of Pritha* [Arjuna] saw fathers, grandfathers, teachers, maternal uncles, brothers, sons, grandsons, brothers in law,

Fathers in law and dear companions among both of the two armies. Contemplating all of them, all his kinsmen, standing before him, he, the Son of Kunti* [Arjuna],

Was filled with profound despair and said to Krishna, “Having seen these my own kinsmen, all standing right here ready to fight,

“My limbs are weak, my mouth is dry, my body trembles, and my hair stands on end.

“Gandiva falls from my hand, my skin burns, I am unable to remain standing, and my mind is going around in circles.

“I perceive inauspicious omens, O handsome-haired One [Krishna], and I see inauspicious omens in destroying my own kinsmen in this battle.”


*  In verses 26 and 27 Arjuna is referred to as the “son of Kunti” (spear or lance, sometimes associated with the god of love) and the “son of Pritha”. Pritha is another name of Kunti. The word pritha refers to the palm of the hand extended and used as a means of measuring, which makes this name similar in meaning to ‘Ma’ (‘to measure’), which is often used to refer to the Divine Mother. The idea of measuring, which implies time and space, puts us in the relative realm of this world. Interestingly, both Kunti, Arjuna’s mother, and Lord Krishna are descendants of the same Yadava Prince (Prince Yadu – heroism; valiant warrior, champion; strong, heroic, brave).


These verses clarify the title of this chapter, “Arjuna’s Depression”. Arjuna’s state is one of despair. He has come to realize that he knows everyone in both armies, that he is related to all of them, and that all of these relatives are about to kill each other. He cannot see why this should be. It was Krishna himself who urged this war in order that Arjuna and his brothers could take their rightful place as rulers, but Arjuna can see only “inauspicious omens” in this situation.

We are given an account of the participants in this war as “fathers, grandfathers, teachers, maternal uncles, brothers, sons, grandsons, brothers in law, fathers in law, dear companions”. For the most part, this seems to just about cover everyone in Arjuna’s life, but there is one group of people mentioned here that I find interesting: maternal uncles. Why not just uncles? Or for that matter, paternal uncles? Why maternal uncles? This has long been a question of mine. Clearly there is something being implied here. Is there something about DNA the sages knew that we don’t (don’t laugh, it’s possible)? If you think you know the answer, please share it with us.

“Gandiva falls from my hand, my skin burns, I am unable to remain standing, and my mind is going around in circles.”:

Gandiva is the name of Arjuna’s bow. This bow was owned by a succession of gods. It was first passed on by Soma (holder of immortality) to Varuna (god of heaven), by him to Agni (god of fire), and by Agni to Arjuna, the son of Kunti (earth) and Indra (god of the gods). It is also said to have belonged to Prajapati, lord of embodied beings, Brahma, the Creator, and Shiva, the destroyer-transformer (evolution). Whew! See what you can do with all these symptoms to come to an understanding of the importance of this bow, Gandhiva, especially to Arjuna, who has just lost his grip.

Now let’s look at the symptoms of Arjuna’s state: weakness, dry mouth, trembling, hackles (fear), burning skin (the word for this also means ‘fully consumed by pain or grief’), instability, and a mind wildly vacillating with confusion. It appears that a combination of sorrow, fear and self-doubt all mixed together are the cause of Arjuna’s depression.

The physical state of depression is lowered energy—directionally or qualitatively or both. A low energy state of the body often causes a low moods, even without a person’s awareness of what is triggering it mentally or emotionally. Just look at what Arjuna is going to lose, even if he wins the war. It’s no wonder he’s in trouble and seemingly throwing in the towel, telling Krishna that this war business is not a good thing and that he can’t bring himself do it.

The Bhagavad Gita is a scripture. At one level it is a manual of yoga. So what are we being taught or told in this section? It is safe to say that in the process of yoga sadhana, all is not roses…or so we think…and we will experience this depression-confusion ourselves at some point. We will say to ourselves, “Hummmm. I don’t know about all this. Doesn’t seem right to me. Must be something wrong with what my guru (Krishna in Arjuna’s case) is telling me.” Well, this is just chapter one, so I think we are going to find out what will happen if we can just get through chapter one of our sadhana. More on this next time.

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!),
Durga Ma



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Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 1, Vs 38-40

Ancient Mystical Writings – Clear and simple translations in plain English from Durga Ma.

Arjuna continues speaking to Krishna:

“Even if they, those whose thoughts are seduced by greed, do not perceive the harm caused by the destruction of family and the crime of treachery to friend,

“Why should we not know to turn back from this evil, this wrong caused by the destruction of family, O Agitator of Men?

“With the destruction of family, family law is lost; when established family law is lost, lawlessness overpowers all of society.


“The wrong caused by the destruction of family” and “family law is lost”

The Sanskrit word for ‘family‘ means a number of things from ‘herd, troop, flock, or swarm’, to ‘race, family, community, tribe, or school’.

The first meaning of the word for ‘destruction‘ is ‘dominion’. The second meaning is ‘abiding’ or ‘dwelling’ in an undisturbed residence, especially a secret one. The third meaning is ‘loss, diminution, destruction, or end’. 

The word for ‘wrong‘  means ‘deficiency, disease, impurity, harm, or detrimental effect’.

“The crime of treachery to friend”

The word for ‘crime‘ literally means ‘that which causes to fall’.


In the previous installment, we noted that the participants in the war are all related to each other. If the purpose of the war is kingship and the power and pleasures that go with it, there seems to be no point in continuing because everyone will lose everything, even their lives, so who would benefit? But what if this isn’t really a story about a war, but a story about you that is based on a historical event to make it more significant to you? … but now it is a few thousand years later, and here you are living in a different body, in a different time, in a different culture, and this scripture, and the epic of which it is a part, seems strange and confusing…

What is the significance of everyone involved in the war being related?

Every one of us, whether we are ‘enlightened’ or not, are exactly the same as everyone else in what it is that we really are. How could anyone be more closely related than this? And everyone of us is within you and is a star in the sky all at once. God, you, us, is all there is. There is nothing else. 

But what about the Father-In-Heaven God? Is that a myth? No, nor is Divine Mother a myth. God has no limitations, so God can and will be, whatever we need It, Him, Her, to be.

If these statements seem to contradict each other, be reminded that scriptures are full of contradictions and require that we engage in whatever battle we must in order to understand these paradoxes. 

It is not I but the Father in Heaven that does these things.
I and my Father are one.
— Jesus

Know for certain that the true Self and Guru are truly one.
Know for certain that God and Guru are truly one … and for this reason a wise person will seek the Guru who is meant for them.
— The Guru Gita 

Bringing this idea a little closer home, consider that all these relatives, being all there is (it’s your dream, so you’re everyone and everything in it), are what makes up your own body, i.e., as cells in the physical sense, chakras in an energetic sense. The common choice of the word ‘family’ in various translations makes sense because of the reasons given, but at another level it brings to mind a genetic pool. DNA is one way of looking at the evolutionary force (kundalini) in its physical form, so we might assume that this ‘war’ will affect some transformative change (‘destruction’) within ‘the family law of the human body’ (DNA).

Things work a certain way (‘law’) with the ‘family’ that makes up a human body; there is a close relationship between everything of which the body consists and how it all functions as a unit. All of this begins to go through changes once the ‘war’ begins. Under normal circumstances, these changes are unnoticeable as they unfold slowly over many lifetimes, but the Mahabharata war is about the accelerated evolution of the individual who dares to allow the evolutionary force, kundalini, to awaken and become ascendent. This is not normal and is very much noticeable to the individual concerned, and with its advent, “family law is lost”—the old rules no longer apply. A new law is in the making, a new world order is being established within the world of the body for the purpose of replicating the perfect template held by the closest ‘relative’. Using this template, evolution is attempting to cheat death and bring about the divine, immortal body at the end of the current lifetime.

This puts a new perspective on concepts like destruction, dominion, and who or what dwells within an undisturbed hidden place. 

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!)
Durga Ma

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What Do You Want?

Once Kundalini has been awakened, what happens next depends on what you want.  

For anyone wanting a good life, success, prosperity, a good relationship, pleasure and enjoyment, Kundalini should only be partially awakened, but this will not bring liberation. In many cases, when someone has a strong desire to control things, Kundalini will only awaken partially anyway, so the issue does not arise—they get what they want. Others, however, will mistakenly believe that they can have it both ways.

Some of you firmly believe that you can awaken Kundalini, get Her to become actively up-trended, get all of your desires fulfilled, all your glitches corrected and your fears removed, become enlightened, be happy all the time, and become liberated. But these various aims are attained by different means that often conflict with each other. This becomes an issue for anyone expecting to get it all and wanting to be in control in order to do so, to be the one that makes all this happen, and to control the process.

When one lives in longing for Truth, union with the Divine, and liberation from rebirth, Kundalini is free to awaken fully. If you want to attain liberation and eternal happiness, as opposed to temporal happiness, Kundalini is your friend, your ally, your Divine Mother, and you will want Her to be awake and functioning according to her own agenda, because it is the same as your own. On the other hand, if you want to be in control, Kundalini may awaken partially for you and your life will improve. In either case, it is better that you allow Her to awaken naturally, rather than to try to force or control Her awakening.

It is easy to force Kundalini to awaken, but She is naturally perturbed at this rudeness and will respond accordingly. It is not only inharmonious with Her nature to be forced to awaken (how would you feel?), but it is unwise and can cause you a boatload of trouble. It is important that you allow Kundalini to awaken naturally in Her own time. If you practice meditation on a regular basis, She will.

Meditation benefits range far and wide, but the awakening of Kundalini is the benefit that is the greatest, and is essential for going very far spiritually. You can use techniques up to a point, but to go beyond temporal happiness, sooner or later you will have to resort to surrender—you will have to give up control.

So, the first step, a step that is often ignored, is to determine what it is that you really and truly want in life. The next step is to make sure that your practices do not conflict with this aim. If there seems to be a conflict, you must do some serious self-inspection and get to the bottom of things: either your practices are correct and your aim in life is different than you thought, or your aim is exactly what you thought but your practices conflict with it.

Now I will tell you something that may surprise you: Hardly anyone knows what they want in life. For most people, this is buried deeply beneath a huge stack of desires that are all related to the BIG ONE, but are not the big one. Everything I have mentioned up to now is nothing compared to this one thing, the biggest mystery of all: What do you truly want?

Durga Ma

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