Major Difference – In Gita Verse 2.68 Therefore, O mighty-armed, one whose senses are restrained from their objects is certainly of steady intelligence.

 

Krishna says to Arjuna to wake-up and be aware towards his senses. Don’t fight with your senses but become alert regarding your senses so that you become self-alert, and think from your subjectivity which is without judgement, attachments, self-guilt, etc.

 

Come to your consciousness and from the present moment of awareness act. Being in the present moment only you can use your subjective intelligence, steady intelligence, universal wisdom.

 

What is the Present Moment?

The present moment, at best, is a means to an end, a stepping stone to the future, because the future promises fulfillment, the future promises salvation in one form or another. The only problem is the future never comes. Life is always now. Whatever happens, whatever you experience, feel, think, do — it’s always now. It’s all there is. And if you continuously miss the now — resist it, dislike it, try to get away from it, reduce it to a means to an end, then you miss the essence of your life, and you are stuck in a dream world of images, concepts, labels, interpretations, judgments — the conditioned content of your mind that you take to be “yourself.” And so you are disconnected from the fullness of life that is the “suchness” of this moment. When you are out of alignment with what is, you are out of alignment with life. You are struggling to reach a point in the future where there is greater security, aliveness, abundance, love, joy … unaware that those things make up the essence of who you are already.

How do you allow it to emerge?

Simply by allowing this moment to be as it is. This means to relinquish inner resistance to what is — the suchness of now. This allows life to unfold beautifully. There is no greater spiritual practice than this.

 

What Krishna says to Arjuna is war looks negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.

Krishna is telling Arjuna to look at the war from your own intelligence, which is not polluted by objective world but it is realization of self, your wholeness. Once you become whole suddenly you will realize that the war which you feel is negative on the surface, objective world, is new opening into the objective world. Drop your fear and follow your own intelligence. As in the fear you will not be able to connect yourself with your intelligence. Fear is smoke screen to your intelligence.

 

Fear seems to have many causes. Fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of being hurt, and so on, but ultimately all fear is the ego’s fear of death, of annihilation. To the ego, death is always just around the corner. In this mind-identified state, fear of death affects every aspect of your life. For example, even such a seemingly trivial and “normal” thing as the compulsive need to be right in an argument and make the other person wrong – defending the mental position with which you have identified – is due to the fear of death. If you identify with a mental position, then if you are wrong, your mind-based sense of self is seriously threatened with annihilation. So you as the ego cannot afford to be wrong. To be wrong is to die. Wars have been fought over this, and countless relationships have broken .

Once you have disidentified from your mind, whether you are right or wrong makes no difference to your sense of self at all, so the forcefully compulsive and deeply unconscious need to be right, which is a form of violence, will no longer be there. You can state clearly and firmly how you feel or what you think, but there will be no aggressiveness or defensiveness about it. Your sense of self is then derived from a deeper and truer place within yourself, not from the mind. Watch out for any kind of defensiveness within yourself. What are you defending? An illusory identity, an image in your mind, a fictitious entity. By making this pattern conscious, by witnessing it, you disidentify from it. In the light of your consciousness, the unconscious pattern will then quickly dissolve. This is the end of all arguments and power games, which are so corrosive to relationships. Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True intelligence is within, and it is available to you now.

 

Krishna tells Arjuna that when you use your intelligence you will not be attacking or defending anyone in this war. This is the major difference, when you use your own intelligence, you are neither attacking nor defending but you will be a vehicle of universe. In that state you will be able to deliver your assignment of universe Fight Without Enmity.

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