Depression is a mental health condition, a state of mind which happens when negativity in thoughts comes. At this moment one feels very low in mood & finds incapable of making self decision & becomes idle. He feels weakness not only physically but also emotionally & stops taking interest in any activity. Exactly this happened with Arjuna too at Kurukshetra before start of battle.
REASON BEHIND BATTLE :
When Duryodhana didn’t agree to give back pandavas even as much land as is covered by the tip of a pointed needle even after the advice of Shree Krisna. The war was enevitable. There was no alternative but fight.
MAHABHARAT (SCENE AT BATTLE FIELD) :
The army of Pandvas & Kaurvas stood facing each other on the battle field of Kurukshetra. Bheeshma was the commander of Kaurava army. He blew his conch. This was a call to his warriors to ready themselves for the battle. Both sides (Kaurvas & Pandavas) blew their conch shells, trumpets. These are blown to create fear among enemy before the start of war. Shri Krishna blew his Panchajanya conch shell & Arjuna blew his Devdutta. The air was rent with the sound of the blowing of conches, the beating of drums, the clank of weapons, the trumpeting of elephants and the neighing of horses.
ARJUNA : SKILLED WARRIOR
Then, Arjuna with great confidence turned to Lord Krishna & desired to have a look at the warriors aligned for battle & with whom he was going to fight. He asked Shri Krishna to take chariot to the middle of both army. Then Shri Krishna led the chariot in the middle of battle field & told him to see the enemies carefully .
ARJUNA’S DILEMMA :
In every one’s life it happens when one finds it difficult to take a right decision. In the mid of the battle field, Arjun saw his Grand father, uncles, Brothers, Sons, Nephews, Friends & Teachers. Who were ready there to fight. Arjuna, who came in the battle field mentally prepared to avenge the wrongs that had been done to him & his brothers by his cousins, became confused . When Arjuna saw his relatives assembled against him, brave man who had come prepared in battle field with jubilation suddenly became emotional.
EMOTIONAL ARJUN :
Though Arjuna was a brave man & very skilled warrior, he was gentle & saint by nature too. There was two options before him either to fight or to abstain from fighting. As being kind hearten & Krishna devotee, seeing His fellow Kurus as enemy his heart became soft & loosed his determination to fight with them.
WHAT MADE ARJUNA SO THOUGHTFUL
Arjuna confessed Shri Krishna that he was not interested in getting a kingdom after slaying his own kith & kins . He said that there was no regal dignity without his own people. The battle would lead to destruction of dynasty which further demolishes family traditions. In such circumstances women in family goes to decadence. Due to which unwanted generation starts grooming that has no ethical values.
Arjuna said that he heard from his teachers that those, who involve in sinful practices & destroys the family ethics, goes to hell . He found this very surprising that people in opposition were not looking any wrong in killing of their own people.
REPERCUSSIONS OF THOUGHT :
However, Arjuna said that he could see this malefaction & would not involve himself in such sinful deeds. Also, he could not slay his own kinsmen not even for all three worlds, much less a kingdom. Arjuna started feeling shake with dry mouth, found it difficult to stand & his grip on the bow loosened.
In next chapters we will try to understand what Lord Krishna advised Arjuna about life & duty. How Krishna teaches Arjuna not to see the things from his own particular point of view, but from the point of view of Time in which he is living.
JAI SHRI KRISHNA