Play On Words…..in a profound way

The recent news from Russia about a petition to ban Bhagavad Gita on the plea that it preaches violence is what prompted me to write this post.
What I am going to narrate below is probably a rural legend(or a fabricated story?). Therefore don’t ask me to authenticate it. Not withstanding the facts about the episode, it is quite insightful.
It appears that a certain Maharani of Indore (Again, don’t ask me which Maharani or which period)was a very keen student of our scriptures.
When she reached a point where she was ready to be taught Bhagavad Gita, a highly learned scholar was appointed to teach her. The Guru started off with the opening SLOKA of the GITA, which reads as “Dharma kshetre Kuru kshetre samavetaa yuyutsavah; Maamakaah paandavaashchaiva kimakurvata Sanjaya”. The moment he started off with the first line, the Maharani asked him to stop and said that she already got the essential message of Gita. Asked by her Guru what she meant, she elaborated the message as follows:
Wherever you are or whatever station of life you are in, do your Dharma. How did she arrive at the meaning? By simple play of the first 4 words. Rearranging the first 4 words, it would read as: “Kshetre kshetre Dharm kuru”.
That was not all. She did a similar jugglery with the words once again. She pointed out that the first and the last word of the Sloka together conveyed that Dharma always wins:Dharma (SAN)Jaya.
This episode is an illustration of the fact that if one is positive minded, the most profound meaning may be culled from every word and phrase in the GITA. Conversely, if one is negative minded, one will see only negativity even in the most profound text. How can one explain, otherwise, the Russian contention that Bhagadgita teaches violence? One can only sympathize with such people.

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