Arjuna came to a profound realization on the battlefield, as he saw his comrades and family members, who were about to engage in a deadly conflict. Overwhelmed by sorrow and a sense of duty that seemed impossible to fulfill, he understood that his distress stemmed from his intense attachment to his physical relatives. In this moment, he lost sight of his spiritual identity, forgetting that he was not merely a body. His affection for his bodily kin had clouded his consciousness.
In the materialistic perspective, we tend to identify ourselves solely with our physical bodies, leading to strong emotional bonds with our bodily relatives. This attachment, rooted in ignorance, comes with the inevitable burdens of life—pain, sorrow, grief, and death. Only with the demise of the physical body does this materialistic attachment come to an end. However, we are more than just our physical forms; our eternal souls transcend the boundaries of life and death. Entangled in the myriad attachments of the material world, we often lose sight of the fact that the Supreme Lord is our sole permanent relative. He is the Father, Mother, Friend, Master, and Beloved of our eternal souls.