Psychology of the Gita’s blind king

The blind king of the epic poem Bhagavad Gita, Dhritarashtra, relied not on inner vision, but on the pride of sense-seeing through the screen of consciousness. He was the epitome of homo barbarian. Because he was physically blind, his reliance on what he had only partial control of hurt his pride, and subsequently manufactured a reliance on his sense-seeing children to defend it. He believed this reliance on his children, and his children’s compliance with his wishes by going to war for him, to be “love”. He felt that his children’s unconditional protection of his blind ways equated to love. His children were naturally warring little bastards as a result of being raised to protect falsehood.  Dhritarashtra‘s children were raised to know nothing of love, but how to try and kill it.

Sanjaya, the blind King’s advisor and “unknown” author of the Gita, was akin to Krishna being Arjuna’s advisor, and he brought to the blind King the nonlinear truth of love through the narration of the Gita. His hope was that the King would release his affinity with deluded attachment love, would recognize the unnecessary terror of the battle unfolding, and would change his warring ways. Sanjaya, like Krishna in the story, had spiritual sight that transcended consciousness and the senses.

Both Dhritarashtra and Arjuna had God on their side in the battle of Kurukshetra, but Arjuna realized this fact “on the spot” and became fully enlightened.

 

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