Good people are free from politics or anything related to control, this is the common belief that people have.  Shunning all power is a sign of progress and shunning all political power is better for life then is nonviolent. We are mesmerized by Buddha and Mahavira  or any one who follows their path.
Where does Yudhisthira stand in comparison  to them?  He was good but took part in the war, and became  as bad as the opposite party?  How could a good person fight, rather than renouncing?
Gita takes us through the path of life, showing us the meaning of real life rather than an idealistic life.  Many ideas are idealistic. They can never become part of the larger society.  Idealism is isolated, practicality is brutal.  Hence Gita’s wisdom becomes idealistically practical and teaches us through the example of
Yudhishthira had a liking for renunciation not escpasim. He was naturally less interested.  He fought  the war not for his own salvation, but to create better governace, so that people were able to practice a harmonious life.  If a large number of people become Buddha,  Duryodhana’s and Dushasana’s of the world will occupy the position of the government. The  Duryodhana ‘s and  Dushasana’s of the world want good people to follow of path of Buddha, so that they can perpetually rule.  But Lord Krishna stood against such decisions.  He wanted inward non attachment and outward engagement .  This combination is difficult not impossible.   This concept has the power to create more and more legacy of giving greater number of people the opportunities of detachment within and action without.
The path of actual giving up is inaction outside and working hard to give up action inside.
The path of practicality, is to be obsessed with action within and without. In this path when the body stops functioning people are forced to give up action outside, even though their mind and heart is fully devourered by wanting to do something.
Gita’s path is wholesome action is permanent but changing the action according to time is important. For eg:-  A Student has to move on from his dear  school to a new action in college. Eventually one gives up college and then profession. He may end up telling stories to his grand children, and eventually give away the very vehicle which took him on the journey from school to death.  In this journey, what he is forced to give up is not  responsibility, but untimely actions and attachments to those which are no more relevant. In other words they were important in the past, not in the present.
Yudhisthira guided by Krishna acted like Buddha within and action without .In this way he established dharma which kept Duryodhana and Dushasana away from acting.

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