In the big picture we are all eternal.
You can tell a person's level of spiritual devlopment simply by watching how much they give.
Krishna suprises Arjuna. He says go fight, go kill. Do this because it's only play money. You can't kill your friends any more than they can kill you.
Kirshna says its better to be a winner than a loser. It runs counter to what a lot of people whould think, because they have watered down, quasi-religious ideas about that which creates in enlightenment.
The more talented the opponent, the luckier you are. You have draw a great deal of strength from your being.
The difficult opponent is the best.
Kirshna's message is eternal - fight!
The most giving souls are those who give when they don't have to give, who could just walk away from this world and its suffering and merge with eternal existence and bliss forever.
Some persons choose, rather than stay in immortal bliss all the time, to come back for others.
Christ didn't have to. Buddha didn't have to. They came back to teach. They came back to die, to suffer, when it was no longer necessary for them to do so.
Krishna says, fight. He says, go out in the battlefield and kill those people whom it's your job to kill.
Enlightenment is represented by Sri Krishna, who is said to be an avatar.
Arjuna is a warrior of great renown, says he won't fight. He tells Krishna: I can't fight because I love these people. It's immoral. It's unjust. There's no winning.
In the Bhagavad-Gita, a dialogue ensues in the middle of a battlefield, symbolizing the battlefield of life which we are fighting through our illusions.
As you pass through this life, have you done all that you really wish to for others?
If we think of Albert Schweitzer, Ghandi, Lincoln, we feel that the people who were the most outstanding in the this world are those who have given the most of themselves.
We see that love manifested normally in the soldier, in the parent, in the lover, and in the spiritual teacher.
In the soldier we see the love of country. When you are willing to go onto a battlefield and give your life to defend an ideal ... knowing that you may not live through day.
Meidtation and selfless giving must always go together. They work together to create immortality.
Selfliss giving rounds the edges in spiritual practice. Many people can meditate very well but they're still very egotistical.
Arjuna, who is the fearless waririor in the story is a very wordly indvidual, we assume with high past lives.
It's a civil war, and Arjuna knows a lot of people who are on the opposite side of the battlefield - they've been his friends.
Suddenly they have to face each other down - you've got to kill your friends.
If you are fortunate enough to meet such a being then you will really learn selfless giving. You'll see that every second, every moment of their awareness is directed towards others.
There are different pathways - be it Zen, tantra, karma yoga, or jnana yoga. Different ways have been devised to do the same thing for different types of people according to their temperament.
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