The Charioteer: Devotion to God | Vibheeshana Gita

– Understandings from Swami Swaroopanandaji’s talk for Youth Empowerment Programme – 6th batch

Ees bhajanu saarathi sujaana
Birati charm santosh kripaana
Daan parasu budhi sakti prachanda
Bar bigyaana kathina kodanda

Devotion to God is the charioteer

A Ferrari without a good driver can be a curse more than a blessing.

When Arjuna & Duryodhana went to Lord Krishna before the war to seek his help, Krishna said that he can’t be partial to either side. So, one of them can have all the army and weapons of Krishna and the other one can have Krishna himself but Krishna will not fight in the war. Duryodhana chose Krishna’s army and Arjuna happily agreed to have Krishna by his side. As the war was about to begin, Arjuna, despite being the finest warrior of Pandavas, went into a dilemma and was psychologically broken down when he saw that he had to kill his kith and kin on the other side if he has to win the war. He even decided to run away from the battlefield. It was then Lord Krishna gave him the knowledge of Bhagavad Gita after which Arjuna realized his true nature and got up to fight the war.

Arjuna was the unsurpassed student of Drona. In fact, when the Pandavas were in exile, Arjuna had defeated the entire Kaurava army all alone. Even after doing so, even he possessed the ability to do it again and that too with an entire army on his side, if such a mighty warrior can breakdown at the time of war, what to say about ordinary individuals like us? But Arjuna had wisely chosen Krishna as his charioteer due to which he was saved from the situation. Arjuna knew that all the army of Krishna and his weapons couldn’t match Krishna. Here, we need to remember that Arjuna did not look at Krishna as God. He looked at Krishna only as his friend. At that time, he didn’t even know that Krishna was the Lord Himself. Still he had full faith on Krishna because as a friend Krishna was always there for him and his family to help in their state of distress.

On the other hand, Karna had Shalya as his charioteer. Shalya was a very good charioteer but his mouth was very bad. Throughout the war, he kept demotivating Karna. He wouldn’t shut his mouth even for a moment. And look at the fate of Karna. He was as equally skilled as Arjuna. He even had Brahmastra which he had kept to kill Arjuna. But still he failed.
When people start achieving success in their lives, pride slowly starts coming in. They start feeling that whatever they have achieved is due to their effort alone, and now they are superior to others. They forget that it is due to the Lord’s grace that they have achieved this. They fail to remember who gave them the strength, the intelligence, the opportunity to excel. The success of such people is short-lived. Whereas, if we make Lord the charioteer, allow Him to take charge of our life, then we don’t have to worry. We just have to keep doing our duties and He will take care of the rest. He will then direct the course our life like He did in the case of Arjuna.

Always keeping this thought in mind is ees bhajan. With an attitude of total surrender to the Lord, if a person starts living his life, then how the Lord will start working through him is beyond our imagination. When Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda came down from the Himalayas and started giving talks on the scriptures, he had only four listeners on the first day. But he was not sad when he saw that only four have come to attend his talk. He always believed it was the Lord’s work that he was doing and let Lord work as He wishes to. And in his working life of 41 years, Chinmaya Mission became a world-wide organization with millions of followers, over 250 centres, 70 schools, publications, hospitals, societies for helping the backward people from rural areas, etc. Even at adverse situations, Swamiji would say, “If this is Narayana’s will, let it happen that way.” It was his attitude which helped him head such a big organization without any stress or mental strain. In fact, his childlike behavior and cheerful nature cannot be seen even in CEO’s of today’s MNC’s. It was possible for Swamiji because he considered himself as an instrument in the Lord’s hands and never took any reward to his credit.

Let us be a flute in His hands and let Him sing His tune through us.

– a poem by Vanaja Ravi Nair, 2005

The pen in hand
With which I write,
Is helpless, bound,
To do its work.
For, I made it my tool
To scribble this down!

The words those flow
Through this pen, of course,
Not mine, at all,
And I can’t help
But, to pen this down,
For it is HE
Who Makes me write.

This pen might have
Been still, where it laid,
Until a writer’s hand
Came to its aid!
This pen is bound
To do its work,
The Writer’s Idea
Not its own!

We too, are tools,
In the Hands Divine;
HE makes us do,
All our work,
Whether day or night
With all our might!
Who helps us think?
Who give us health?
Who helps us work?
Who guides us right?
Or else, we lay
Unable to move today
Like any pen
Untouched by men!


One thought on “The Charioteer: Devotion to God | Vibheeshana Gita

  1. K. Ramachandran

    The poem reminds of

    “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

    – Omar Khayyam

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