Human life from conception to the last breath is a series of battles it must fight. They can be categorized as Biological, Hereditary, Bacteriological, Psychological, Metaphysical and so many inner and outer conflicts.
Each of these encounters faces victory or defeat while the forces of good and evil prevail. In the middle of this battle is Gita with its intent to align man’s efforts on the side of Dharma or righteousness.
The ultimate aim is self-realization or recognizing the true-self, the pure soul as in the image of God, ever-existing, ever-lasting and ever in Bliss.
Here is where the battle begins – The first contest of the soul in each of its incarnation is seeking rebirth competing with other souls. With the union of sperm and ovum to begin formation of a new body, a flash of light appears in the Astral World (the heavenly home of souls between incarnations). That light transmits a pattern (like a Job Definition or JD) which attracts a soul according to that soul’s karma (resume) – this karma is self-created influences from actions of past lives (Like a bank account or credit history of good (credit) and bad (debit) deeds). In each incarnation, karma works itself out partly through hereditary forces (working company). The soul of a child is attracted into a family in which heredity is in conformance with child’s past karma. Many souls vie to enter this new cell of life, only one will be victorious.
Within the body of a mother, the unborn child struggles against the disease, darkness, periodic feeling of limitation and frustration as the soul consciousness remembers and then gradually forgets its greater freedom of expression during its astral journey. The soul within the embryo also has to contend with its karma which influences the good and the bad the formation of the body its resident in. It also is affected by the influences the mother goes through as sounds and sensations, vibrations of love and hate, peace and anger etc. Hence the story of Abhimanyu in our ancient literature.
After birth, the struggles of small the child is between its instincts to seek comfort and survival and opposing relative helplessness of immature body development. As the child grows up more battles continues from the list described in the beginning.
Few men are even aware that there is a constant warfare existing in their kingdom. Usually it is realized so late that by that time the devastation is nearly complete.