Krishna in my life…..

“Why do you have to ask so many questions?”, a teacher asked me many years ago. “In Geeta, even a God was questioned. Why would it be a problem to question humans?”, I used to wonder and get back to my annoying habit of asking questions.

When Arjun, who alone had defeated Kaurava army before, gets into ethical confusion at the start of the war and refuses to fight (he was not alone this time), Krishna first questions him over this sudden change of heart. He then attempts to help Arjun get over his confusion through a pragmatic response. However, the discussion then gets into Philosophical, Metaphysical and logical topics.

Beyond this, it’s interesting to see how the discussion ends. Even when Arjuna accepts that he is not confused anymore, Krishna asks him to think over everything and do what he thinks is right. With this, Krishna gives a perfect example of a perfect teacher. A perfect teacher is the one who does not command or control, but tries to develop awareness and knowledge of himself and his students through discussions (not lectures) so that everyone is more empowered to do what is right.

Krishna, thus, was not a God to be scared of. He does not claim to control the future or destiny of individuals and defines them as results of their own actions. Now, if you can question God, you can literally question everything and and everyone. Eventually, we realise that solving a problem is not about finding the right answer, but it’s about asking the right question.

Krishna, as a personality, as a divine figure, as a perfect teacher, as a great friend, as a deep philosopher, as a responsible person, ended up shaping my thought process and character. Before ending the post, here are some ways in which Krishna compliments other characters in Mahabharat to drive home, the idea of “Dharma”:

Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum