23, March 2017
by Kashi Stone
Moving Into Fearlessness
Bhagavad Gita Demystified by Paramahamsa Nithyananda
Bhagavad Gita: 11.32 ~ 11.34
In this passage, Lord Krishna answers Arjuna’s request to understand and know who this great being is. Lord Krishna answers, “I am the mighty world-destroying time. I am now destroying the worlds. …… I have slain all theses warriors; you were a mere instrument, Arjuna. ……..Don’t be afraid; fight and you shall conquer your enemies in battle.”
Krishna’s use of Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita demonstrates the ability to transcend time, fate or destiny and establish victory as a human potential. Through the relationship with Arjuna, Krishna destroys the ego, the identity, and anything else that is not real or delusional. As the supreme force behind Lord Shiva, this same force recreates life from the ashes of a beautiful destruction demonstrating the expression of the ultimate artist.
H. H. Paramahamsa Nithaynanda expounds on this passage, “Predestination is simply the choice that we did not exercise. Only when we are aware, in the present moment, can we craft our future. Not when it is still the future and not when it slips into the past. We need to use all of our intelligence, energy, and creativity to live blissfully in the moment, not in thoughts about the future or regrets about the past.”
Again, we return to the space of being present and loosening the chains of time that hold us prisoner to an unhealthy, unrealistic way of life on this planet. When we insist on having our way, we are continuously pounded by life and its experiences, reducing us to nothing. However, by becoming like water, becoming like the reed that bends with the movement of the water, we flow with time and escape the struggle of the mind and enter into pure surrender.
As Swamiji states eloquently, “Struggling to choose is not freedom. It is the bondage of the mind. There is no need to make a choice. Choice happens at the level of the mind, not at the level of the being. Choicelessness can be the choice.”
What an amazing space of surrender in that place where everything is happening as it should, flowing as it must and unfolding in perfect alignment.
In the realization of Krishna’s power, Arjuna see’s all the evils devoured, consumed and eliminated. In this portion of the story, we find that only the ego is left to conquer in the true process of liberation. And in that battle for liberation we discover that the root of evil comes from one’s own ego in the form of fear. This is the beauty of the Bhagavad Gita as it poetically, romantically portrays through the key relationship of Arjuna and Krishna.
Arjuna has been in a battle with his own thoughts and beliefs, the conditioning of his upbringing and the environment that he has existed within. Lord Krishna lovingly, gracefully led Arjuna through his own transformation and realization, eventually facing his final fear in order to embrace fully what was hidden and from view.
H. H. Paramahamsa Nithyananda elegantly crowns his interpretation, “You have seen the truth of what happens. They have been destroyed already. Do not lose heart. Do what you have to do. Fight and destroy what remains, which is just the illusion of your fears.”
11.32 Sri Bhagavad said:
I am the mighty world-destroying time. I am now destroying the worlds.
Even without you, none of the warriors standing in the hostile armies shall live.
11.33 Get up and gain glory. Conquer the enemies and enjoy the prosperous kingdom.
I have slain all these warriors; you are a mere instrument, Arjuna.
11.34 Drona, Bhisma, Jayadtra, Karna, and other brave warriors have already been slain by Me; destroy them. Do not be afraid; fight and you shall conquer your enemies in battle.