Why Arjuna is a Fit Person to Receive Self Knowledge

Why Arjuna is a Fit Person to Receive Self Knowledge

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Karthik

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna. Haribhol. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupad and Srila Gurudev.

This a verse from Srimad Bhagavad-Gita 1.46

sanjaya uvaca
evam uktvaarjuna sankhye / rathopastha upavishaat
vishrjya sha sharam capam / shokha samvigna manasah

Sanjaya said: "Arjuna,having thus spoken on the battlefield,cast aside his bow and arrows and sat down on the chariot ,his mind overwhelmed."

Purport: While observing the situation of his enemy, Arjuna stood up on the chariot,but he was so afflicted with lamentation that he sat down again,setting aside his bow and arrows.Such a kind and softhearted person, in the devotional service of the lord,is fit to receive self knowledge.

This line is the punch: "Such a kind and softhearted person, in the devotional service of the lord,is fit to receive self knowledge."

To my limited understanding a person who is soft hearted is compassionate and whenever someone tries to hurt him he forgives that person. And he also forgets it. So his heart is free. As Maharaj used to say that our heart must be vacant to receive self knowledge. So Arjuna's heart is free(of ill-feelings like envy, hatred etc).That is why he is fit to receive self knowledge.

Thank you very much,
Your humble servant,   
Karthik 
Abu Dhabi