When Sri Krishna was having his siesta, both DurOdhana and Arjuna came to his place. DurOdhana came a few minutes earlier and, as he was full of pride, he stood beside Sri Krishna’s head. Arjuna, as he was full of humility and modesty, stood beside Sri Krishna’s feet.
After a while, Sri Krishna woke up and his eyes fell on Arjuna. When he turned around he saw DurOdhana. He wanted to know why they were there at that hour. Arjuna said, “Now Ou know that the battle will take place. I need Ou.”
DurOdhana said, “I have also come here to take help from Ou, and I have come before him so Ou have to fulfil my desire first.” So Sri Krishna said, “It is true that Ou came before Arjuna, but I saw him first, and he will I be given the first chance. Besides, he is Ounger than Ou. So he will have the first choice.
Arjuna said to Krishna with great joy. “I want Ou!”
DurOdhana thought: What a stupid fellow Arjuna is. He wants Krishna alone.
Sri Krishna said, “You want me? But I will not fight. I will only be Our charioteer. One of Ou will have me alone and the other I will have my vast army.”
DurOdhana felt, what could Krishna do alone and unarmed? The best thing for him was to have Krishna’s army.
But Arjuna, being an illumined person, said to himself, “What shall I do with his army? The best thing is to have the Lord with me. The Lord will be able to protect me and the Lord will bring me the victory.” Arjuna wanted Sri Krishna and DurOdhana wanted the entire army of Sri Krishna.
Now the promise was that Sri Krishna would never, never fight. Unfortunately, he had to break his promise; he could not keep it. Twice he ran out of the chariot. To kill whom? Bhishma. On the third and the ninth day Sri Krishna found that Arjuna was not fighting properly against his grandsire. Arjuna found it extremely difficult to use weapons against his grandsire.
Sri Krishna said, “Arjuna, Ou are not fighting. Why?” So he came out of the chariot with his discus. He wanted to kill Bhishma. And what was Bhishma’s reaction? Bhishma’s joy knew no bounds. He said, “Come, O my Lord, come! If I die in Our hands then immediately I will go to heaven! I am the most blessed person because Ou are coming to kill me!”
But, both times, Arjuna followed Sri Krishna and said “No, Ou have to keep Our promise. I won’t let Ou fight, I shall fight. I won’t allow Ou to eat Our words. You come, Ou sit in the chariot and drive me on. I shall fight.
Here we learn that the Guru, the Master, can at any moment break his own promise in order to help, to save, in order to win a victory for the disciple. Sri Krishna was the Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and also the Just. But when the question concerns a most intimate disciple, the Guru goes against the ordinary light of morality. This was Sri Krishna’s heart for Arjuna.
– Sri Chinmoy
Excerpt from: Commentary On The Bhagavad Gita by Sri Chinmoy, Copyright © 1971 by Sri Chinmoy – All rights reserved