In the battlefield of Kuruksetra, there were two cousin-brothers fighting, namely Arjuna and Duryodhana. Now, the difference is that although Arjuna and Duryodhana were both fighting Arjuna knew his relationship with Krishna. He was was fighting after hearing Bhagavad-gita, in the consciousness that this is simply an offering to the Lord. Even though the barriers… even though the, barriers for, raising… even though they are both fighting, but one, because that person Arjuna was in consciousness of Krishna, one achieved eternal life, was victorious, and was elevated as the greatest of all devotees, while the other for all his hard work and battles, simply achieved a change of body, simply achieved his death. This is the nature of the material world. The person, he may surround himself with his relatives, or may surround himself with so many type of protection, may think that he’s very wise and very expert in terms of his material knowledge, his material, acquisitions, but in spite of all those soldiers, they’re all fallible soldiers. They’re all fallible soldiers and ultimately, that person simply achieves death in spite of all these fallible soldiers.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
22nd Dec, 1982 SB class @ New Orleans, USA.