Bhagavad Gita 4

Yesterday, we began the story of the Bhagavad Gita. When we left off, the great General Arjuna lost his nerve in front of both armies, and refused to sound the battle cry…

Arjuna is prostrate before Krishna, unarmed, pleading for guidance, while the vast armies face each other, awaiting the signal to unleash the Horrors of War.

Krishna, the human incarnation of the god Vishnu, looks down upon the prostrate General Arjuna and says, “What is this mad and shameful weakness? Stand up and fight!”

Arjuna replies, “I cannot. I look around and see my friends and family in both armies. If I signal for this war to begin, I will be forcing everyone I have loved to destroy each other. I will be forcing myself to fight to the death against those I have loved deeply since childhood.”