Every Day Sanjaya

by Aranyakananda

Anyone who has spent any time looking into the Bhagavad-Gita knows that in the first chapter there are countless characters named who all represent different facets of our personalities which are either an impediment or a boon toward our spiritual progress. The Kurus represent the impediments and the Pandavas represent the boons.

Note: Even Arjuna, a Pandava, exhibited a great amount of insecurity and apprehensiveness.

Anyway…

But I am interested in the very first lines of the Gita before it moves to the battlefield of Kurukshetra. They take place in the chamber of Dhritarashtra (who represents spiritual blindness). He is asking Sanjaya what is happening on the battlefield. Sanjaya, with divine sight is able to see what went on, intuitively.

Sanjaya represents unbiased introspection. Though the point of meditation at night is not to re-live our day, it is beneficial to have an unbiased look at whether we “won the battle” over the senses, desires, ego, etc. So every day, you can experience the very yogic principle which Vedavyasa was putting forth in the introduction to the Bhagavad-Gita.
When, in meditation, you find that you are observing your thoughts rather than thinking them, that is Sanjaya.

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3 Responses to Every Day Sanjaya

  1. Dhrishti says:

    I agree with everything here, especially your words about meditation. Something I’m not fully convinced on, though, is that Sanjaya was unbiased. I’ve read that he represents unbiased introspection, but I’ve also read that during the opening of the Gita when both sides are being described, a noticeable amount (more) of flattering descriptions are afforded the Pandavas, and that this might hint at Sanjaya’s secret affinity for his “employer’s” opposition.

    Your thoughts?

    • treadmarkz says:

      Sure if you take it as a literal war story, but if you take Sanjaya as a part of your inner self, it becomes again unbiased because he’s not just telling you (who contains both sides of the battle) what he wants to hear.

      • Dhrishti says:

        Good point, bhai.

        The reference I mentioned where Sanjaya is portayed as slanted was written by an indian. I’m sure, at least from a purely cultural standpoint, many Indians are inclined to take the events of the Mahabharat and Gita a bit more literally than others.

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