NEED FOR GUIDANCE.
Human beings face conflicts of various kinds in their lives. Apart from personal difficulties in family, pressures at work place and other external distractions that pull one in various directions, the real challenge is within. The ego, emotions and intellect are the hardest to deal with. Often one is confounded by realization that the intellect and capacity of reasoning, which are so useful to deal with the external world, are woefully inadequate and also inappropriate when faced with internal conflicts. Caught in the Vortex of mundane materialism many are unable to purse spiritual life, which alone can help one to escape cycle of re-births.
Human beings do not know fully about themselves, much less about the status in the Cosmic scheme or the purpose of lives on Earth. This lack of vision, surely largely a result of one’s ego which can be corrected when a human turns to the guidelines offered in the scriptural literature. Vedas have to be studied in-depth, Just as an abstract theory is presented to a student through personification of characters in texts based on them.
In Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Shri Krishna says that the highest act of Dharma is to seek refuge in HIM.
The Mahabharata by virtue of it being a comprehensive study of man is a point of reference to all seekers and an eye opener to those blinded by narrow obsessions material considerations. Duryodhana did not want to part with even an inch of land to Pandavas and the outcome was diametrically opposite. However, a superficial study of the epic may lead a person to conclude that Lord Shri Krishna induced war. However, God’s scheme of things are far beyond the realm of human comprehension. HIS manifestations are infinite and encompass forms, actions and qualities that only a deep study can unravel for layman. For instance, when Arjuna was reluctant to fight, Lord shri Krishna made him (Arjuna) to take up arms.
The Lord is the Supreme guiding force. Spiritual aspirants, however, feel the necessity of guide who has attained practical knowledge (self-realization), just as a Captain is necessary for a ship to chart a safe trip for it’s passengers, similarly it is important to have a preceptor who can guide spiritual seekers to realize the spiritual goal successfully. There are many such beacons of light in the epics and puranas offering solace to struggling human beings in their quest for Liberation.