Chapter 4, V 8 – “To protect men of virtue and destroy men who do evil, to set the standard of sacred duty, I appear in age after age.”
Ever since being gifted my mother’s Bengali Gita, I make it a point to read it alongside my Gita in English. The Bengali renderation of this verse, leads me to believe that this is also a prayer by Lord Krishna. That when “dharma”, our duty to do good and fight evil, is threatened by “adharma”, the forces that collude to subdue good and destroy men who stand for the good, Lord Krishna wishes to reincarnate again and again, amongst men to save, protect and rescue us. How beautiful it is to hear the Lord pray and wish that He is reborn amongst us to protect and lead us back to Him! We men, like Arjuna, are challenged to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect and save ourselves for honest and good causes. Imagine how benevolent Lord Krishna is that He wishes to be reincarnated in a world destitute and held captive by evil so He can rescue those amongst us who have courage to stand up for the good. My sacrifices and struggles to be good, do good pale against a loving God who is forever there to pick me up if I fall by the wayside or am lead astray. Just let me have the will to recognize Him and return to His path.