The Gita philosophy can be fully appreciated, visualized and lived only by one who is in the Arjuna state of mind. The environment in the Gita is down-to-earth one of strife and stress, dust and fury, stress and strain, pulls and pressures. Arjuna is mentally agitated and intellectually confused and Krishna addresses him. So the glory of the Gita consists not in what she states but how she states it. When Arjuna reviews the enemy lines in a sweeping gaze, he feels benumbed. His emotions surge under the impact of the sheer magnitude of the problem. He had spent his entire life in preparation for his achievement as a warrior, but now he feels hopeless in despair ! He thinks the challenge by the Kauravas is too great to be met directly. When we are mentally dejected, our intellect discovers convincing arguments to justify our cowardice. We start painting white our dark inner depressions. Arjuna also goes through the foolish convulsions of a psychologically broken personality. Does not every young person go through similar situations in life at one time or other ? We have missed chances in life, suffered disappointments and met with failures. But in all of us, one factor which is common is that we would not have gone through them if we had more faith in ourselves. Our inner chord snaps at times and we sink in despair. It is at this moment that we must know how to re-make our inner personality, whole and strong, tackle the problem with a new-found confidence and become sure of victory. Leading a life of happiness is far from a cake walk. It involves action, which is based on the choices and decisions we make. Very often they pull us in opposite directions. Our mind in a confused state becomes a devil’s play ground, We end up taking wrong decisions and become very weak when we face unpleasant consequences. This is because, very often we act without thinking of the consequences and preparing ourselves for the same. We do not have the maturity to accept the same also ! The Gita teaches us to manage life in a smart way. It expounds a science of personality-reconstruction. Today confusions are created in the socio-economic fields. The generation gape is becoming unbridgeable. There is a lack of purposeful goal, often, resulting in confusions in mind. Today’s young man needs a firm anchor so that his abilities are not lost and his productivity is maintained. The Gita is logical and appeals to the intellectuals. For those who are inclined towards Bhakti, it teaches the value of surrender. For those who are inclined towards action, it teaches the value of action without getting affected by the consequences. As we start learning Gita, all these facets of Gita unfold themselves beautifully. Thus the Gita supplies anchorage to the confused youth and it is the single window to happiness prescribed by Krishna. It is the most interesting metaphor of our own life. The core of the Gita pours fresh vitality into the heart and muscles of the younger generation. It can make them stand up even against odds, as Arjuna did and come out successfully in the end. Thus the country will be blessed by inaugurating an era of development and progress among us. Only the Gita way of life can accomplish this miracle ! Next week, we shall start the second chapter. Love, Chithra.