I’ve read the Gita about three times. This will be the fourth. The first time, it was a vague blur. The second time, I actually caught the conversation. The third time, I began to understand.
My first response to Arjuna was, “Geez, what a whiner,” but aren’t we all at some point–whiners? Then, I realized it was a family feud which put a different color on things. I had a little more empathy for his level of angst. However, his family (greedy uncle) was more than a little lousy.
We can’t choose our families or all of our circumstances, but we can choose our actions. We can use our understanding of karma to live well. Krishna teaches Arjuna that karma is not reflexive, but cummulative. Which means, we can through our choices build a fulfilling and worthy life.