Scholars in Hindu scriptures find clever ways to explain why Krishna advises Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita to fight to kill his enemies, who include his elders, teachers and relatives.
Krishna himself says that he has killed these people many times before, implying that bodies will perish. He says all that lives on is the eternal inner energy. Yet, Krishna’s advice seems to suggest that it’s ok to destroy the material body. This would run counter to all established societal and religious norms.
Clever scholarly explanations do not resolve this dilemma.
What if Krishna’s words are a metaphor? What if Krishna meant not the material and physical mind bodies of individuals, but the influence that these mind bodies had on Arjuna, you and I?
I believe that what Krishna implied was to destroy the conditioning that caregivers brought us up in. To start with, our parents and early care givers fill us with do and don’t commands that they in turn have imbibed. As we grow up, or as i always feel grow down, others rush to mentor us even if such guidance is damaging to our inner energy.
It is this conditioning that destroys any chance of our working out the Past karma, the prarabda, that we entered this world with. Without parental, societal and religious conditioning inputs, we would probably retain the inner energy that we arrived with. We may even have remember the Past karma, the prarabda, we came in with. All that we then needed to do was to follow its path to reduce the karma load.
Instead our upbringing brings us down further!
A few words of Krishna can easily be misconstrued, but not the entire Bhagavad Gita. Time and again, Krishna coaches Arjuna to become self-aware. He coaches him to become a yogi, one who listens to his inner energy and follows its path. Krishna coaches Arjuna to journey without a destination and to cat without expectations.
If we can follow these simple suggestions no karmas need worry us!