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  1. Krishnan
  2. Master Gita Master Life
  3. 05 March 2019
Lord Shri Krishna came out with the Gita in the midst of war. Arjuna being a warrior is being asked to perform his duty and in that process he is advised that it will not be a sin to kill his kinsmen, especially ,after all options to avoid war, have been tried.

If I have enemies in business, resorting to unfair and corrupt practices, obviously I cant go and kill them. I would like to know how is this to be related to the reasoning given by the Lord by explaining the concept of undestructible all pervading Self (Soul or Atman), that is not affected by the killing of the body.

I seem to be missing some point here. Need clarification.
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  1. Yash
  2. 3 months ago
  3. #37
Hari Om!
First, thanks for your question . I feel it is a very important question.
I do not have the answer ; only a few thoughts. What I consider as corrupt and unfair, the other person may think as strategy or smartness from his perspective . In such situation , I think my primary job is to manage my own state of mind and reach a calm state. And then evaluate my options and decide my response in a fair and reasonable manner from my own perspective ; and not from a “ tit for tat “ or adopting what I consider unfair or corrupt. Best Wishes.
  1. Krishnan
  2. 3 months ago
  3. #38
Hari Om,
Thanks for yr response. I agree tit for tat is not the solution. I have to perform my duty and in a fair manner. The issue here is what is fair, if due to the ill deeds of a few, my business is in the verge of closure and the livelihood of a lot of my employees and their family is at stake.
Actually I have just taken this as an example. There could be other situations too. How does the concept of Atma and its permanence apply to the situation.
  1. Yash
  2. 3 months ago
  3. #39
Hari Om!
Again, I do not have an answer. Just some thoughts.
My whole life I have thought that I am a BMI complex and I have an aatma . I am now working on accepting and convincing ‘ myself ‘ that I AM a pure, powerful, loving, peaceful Atma , blessed with BMI equipment . But it does not sink in. Only rarely I am able to think like the Atma that I am. Right now, i am working to grasp what is being taught. My practice these days is: “ Be Kind, No exceptions “.
My apologies for bringing the focus on myself rather than staying with your question itself. Please do accept my gratitude for reading the above .
May all ( including the people who bother and irritate me ) be free from suffering and causes of suffering .
Best Wishes
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Arjuna is a kshatriya and a kshatriya's duty is to fight and is authorized to kill enemies when appropriate. A businessman's duty is to create wealth, not to kill.
Even in today's world, a policeman or soldier is authorized to kill in the line of duty if appropriate. But, it is a crime for business man to kill or conspire to kill
So, if there is corruption etc. then use societal laws (e.g. find a policeman, lawyer etc) who can fight that in the right way.
In other words, find your duty and perform it with equipoise. it is not everyone's duty to kill.
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Soul is the ultimate reality of all beings and is indestructible. This holds true at all times and is applicable for everyone. However the advice to kill the enemies in battle is for Arjuna.

For a businessman, the way to deal with competition or in extreme case business rivals or enemies would be by using rightful business practices under legal framework. Deal with them intelligently by suitable means available to you - competitive practices, legal protection, etc (depends on the business), create barriers and insulate yourself while doing it fairly and ethically. This is the dharma for businessman.

Although Soul is indestructible, this reasoning does not give you protection in the Court of Law. In case you have to fight the business competition / rivals that are unfair and corrupt, and have to suffer loss of property or life, know that this is not permanent. Doing your svadharma (of businessman) will help you grow and realize your true nature.
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The Lord is emphasising or explaining the reasons why Arjuna should perform his duty and the consequences that would arise thereof.

To put my question in a different way:

If the Gita was not delivered to Arjuna, a warrior, in the midst of war, but to someone else, would the Lord have started with his explanation of the atman, its qualities of indestructibility, etc. or would he have focussed on something else .
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  1. Mahavir
  2. 3 months ago
  3. #48
Consider the situation in which Lord revealed this knowledge to Arjuna:
1) Arjuna had that sorrow that would not go away simply by him doing his duty.
2) Arjuna surrendered to the Lord completely i.e Arjuna was willing to abide by anything and everything He says. It showed his love and respect for Him. It is said when one loves Lord so much, Lord would do anything for that devotee.
3) Swamiji also explained that Arjuna had that four fold qualification required of spiritual seekers ---

So yes, Lord would have revealed this knowledge to a devotee like that - Devotee just needs to know what to ask, since this knowledge is given only when sought! To reach this point of knowing what to ask of Lord requires sadhana as explained by Swamiji in the inaugural discourse.
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Just my two cents, if we are "good" and "intelligent" then is best, so we can use intelligent strategies to confront this situation. Yes, killing is not intelligent in business sense and also because you can go to jail. But you can find a competent lawyer to deal with the situation, you can expose them on social media etc. If you feel your not that intelligent ask for guidance on who to trust. You are confronted with this situation, and being equanimous not emotional, find a way to confront the situation. In my case, do what you can intelligently in your power, and if it is not successful, just accept that, as you did your part, and they will get their karma. (for example getting a lawyer and you still lose or they don't pay up, just have to accept it that you confronted the situation, you owed them something, and they will get their karma in due course).
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