yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
vinasaya ca duskrtam
sambhavami yuge yuge
This is one of the most reassuring verses in the holy Gita. There are four parts to it; the statement of a situation, the manifestation of a solution, the reinforcement and reestablishment of order, and the cycle of imbalance and balance.
The averments in the Bhagavad-Gita work across the gross and the subtle, across the microcosm and the macrocosm, across the sukshma and the viraat, across nations and the individual. Yatha pinde thatha bramhande – As is the microcosm so is the cosmos.
The supreme lord, the enlivening principle, is neither on the side of good nor on the side of evil. He is not an object of any philosophy or religion; He is the subject of all thought, belief and action. The universe is maintained on the principles of balance of forces that allow for a smooth passage of all dynamic activity. This is true for our body, true for our family and society; this is true of the universe. Balance between good and evil, life and death, disease and health, calm and storm; balance between all forces of nature in the cosmos.
The universe and the entire fabric of space, time and being, are always balanced in totality. The Supreme Lord, Brahman, is the keeper of laws that ensure this balance.
The verse begins thus: As and when this order, this dharma, is in jeopardy, and imbalance predominates -indicating the predominance of disorder over order – of adharma over dharma . . . It continues: “Then I appear,” declares the Supreme Lord. ‘I give myself form,’ indicates the appearance of a solution.
Most importantly missed by many, it does not stop there and continues: To support the maintenance of balance, to destroy the usurpers, I establish order and dharma, indicating resolution, reinstatement and reinstallation.
The omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal lord works through atom into infinity, through the ephemeral into the eternal, His all pervading magnificence and luminance is unstoppable. His writ runs large and when he begins the process of establishing dharma, it is certain that dharma will be established and those in his way will either toe the line or be destroyed.
The manifestation of the Supreme Brahman appear as cosmic and earthly phenomenon across the universe and across cultures and geographies, as a warrior, as a messiah, as a sage, a revolutionary or in smaller measures as a powerful figure in families and communities or as the singular will to change in an individual
Regardless, when this process of reestablishment of dharma begins there will be churning and the eventual restoration of balance. That which tunes itself to this, ‘will of the Supreme Lord,’ will be restored and rejuvenated, and that which is in the way of this restoration will perish.
Finally yuge yuge: time and again, time after time. Imbalance will appear and balance will
always be restored. Maintaining balance is in line with the will of the Supreme Lord. Imbalance and entropy is in the nature of existence. The cycle goes on and on.