an important point about the Gita. The entire dialogue between Krishna and
Arjuna, and the war itself can be seen as allegory. The historic Kurukshetra
battlefield is symbolic of the human frame. Life centered in the body is a kind
of warfare. The Pandavas and Kauravas are parallel to the good and bad human
tendencies. The bad tendencies are the Kauravas—naturally in the majority. And
why are they considered bad? Because they're born of a "blind" father,
which is ignorance. You may remember that Dhritarashtra was blind, while his
brother Pandu is said to be white-skinned. This isn't a reference to his race.
The word pandu means white, which represents sattva, purity and tranquility. The
five sons of Pandu are the products of tranquility and represent the virtuous
is a constant struggle between the good and bad, but both must get their energy
from the supreme God or the Atman, the inner consciousness. Without the Atman or
Self, even the bad qualities couldn't do anything. Lord Krishna represents the
Atman. The good qualities always seek the guidance of the inner consciousness,
the Atman, or Krishna; whereas other tendencies seek the help of the senses and
physical forces—Krishna's army.
this Kurukshetra battle didn't happen just once some thousands of years ago.
It's constantly happening. It's within each of us. If the good tendencies will
allow their conscience to guide them, they can have the grace and friendship of
the Lord, and they can win the battle of life.
yet another level, the war chariot is the body; the five beautiful horses are
the five senses; and the reins that control the horses are the buddhi or
intellect. If that intellect, the discriminative faculty, is in the hands of the
conscience, which is God in you, then your chariot runs well.
If the soul or the desirous mind sits behind and simply follows what the conscience says, it will always be successful. That’s the allegorical meaning behind the Gita.
Sri Swami Satchidananda, Yogaville