We begin the famous holy book, the Bhagavad Gita. The scene for this revelation is the midst of the fateful battlefield of Kurukshetra. Arjun surveys the field, seeing his relatives, friends, cousins, uncles, elders and gurus, all ready to draw each other's blood and die for the sake of his dynastic dispute. For the good guys to win, Arjun will personally be responsible for the death of the people he respects the most in the whole world.
He simple cannot go on with it. Arjun drops his bow and sits down. Better to die than to go forward with the slaughter. Fortunately, Krishna is right there to remind him, and us, what life is really about. It is not about sitting around, worrying about the outcomes of our actions. We are here to get on with the story, keep moving, and most of all, follow our Dharma.
We get a lesson in cosmology, philosophy and even advice on how to meditate. It's good stuff, and there's more to come. We're about half-way through the Gita. We'll get to the remainder next time!