The epic saga of Kurukshetra has had always evoked strong feelings and mixed emotions. The debate is especially in the context of the Karthavyam Shloka of Bhagavad Gita as unlike other battles, this mythological war was against one’s own relatives. It led to a grand scale misunderstanding among the masses raising apprehension about the justification of killing one’s kindred spirits. In this light, I would like to explain my perceptions on the very Shloka so that we all can have a fair understanding of the whole concept.
Om narahanthaka
Om karthavyamkaramashi
The first line refers to those who stab animals.
The second line talks about those who uphold support.
Regardless of any calamity and chaos around, we should remember that the Trinity is all for the Dharma and makes sure that everything happens in due regard to that.
Let’s get into the explanation of the Shloka in the light of killing one’s own kin.
At one point of time, there’re two separate perceptions behind the whole thing.
The question is why one would have to kill his relatives for the sake of Dharma.
I have got the explanations here-
If the relatives cannot assure a quality and substantial living- as is expected in their presence- then there is no Adharma (or injustice) in killing them.
I will further explain under exactly what circumstances one can kill his kin according to the principle of Dharma Yudha.
1. The relative offends unlawfully and unethically without abiding by the rules
2. Relative lacks austerity
3. Relative leaks confidential secrets
Now, when a legit person comes to action, he has 3 choices-
• Kill them who are not working up towards progress on spiritual path
• Allow them to live if they actually listen and seek permission
One must not kill the kin if he is willing to know the truth and strives to progress in devotion. You must also not kill if the person is ready to adjust and make amends in regards to a disagreement.
Thus, I wish to say what nature opines in the context of the queries:
The onus is on you. You are answerable and you have to be suggestive or aggressive keeping in mind the very nature of the disagreement between you and your relative. You will argue and you would be judgmental and you would disagree.
In such a sorry state, I preferred not to launch this article.