Understanding those sacred books is not an easy task. A person needs a special knowledge (Jnana Yoga) to grab its meaning. Nevertheless, we all are entitle to give our opinion.
My intention is not to explain the whole holy book, but rather to explain a point of view about the war of Kurukshetra. Explaining the whole Ghagavad Gita could be a really long task and it would takes several articles to do so. I might need a whole block just for that purpose.
So, what is the matter about that ancient war?
THE BHAGAVAD GITA: A SHORT INTRODUCTION.
There are many ways to see this spiritual war; but the main idea is to understand our real nature, which is beyond the physical realm. Krishna himself is a mystery that we need to understand without fanaticism and sectarianism.
Lord Krishna, according to ancient wisdom, is neither a god nor a human being. He is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and therefore, he is beyond the gods. This is clear on the example where Indra fights Krishna, but the first one is defeated and later he asks for forgiveness. Please read my article: Krishna: the Great Avatar (Link at the bottom).
The Hindu tradition states a "TRIMURTI": Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. This Trimurti has been represented in all ancient traditions. Christians call them: The Father, the Sun and the Holy Spirit. In ancient Egypt they were known as: Osiris, Isis and Hours. Please read my article: What are Brahma, Atman and the Trimurti?
Krishna takes a very passive role in this battle. He becomes the chariot driver of Arjuna, his cousin. Why? Simple, he has a special plan for Arjuna. It is to explain the different yogas needed for the inner battle.
The battle of Kurukshetra is a description of a real ans, at the same time, symbolic war between two forces. Yes, the battle was real; but the matter is not the historic war, the matter is the meaning of the symbolic war.
Ancient traditions used to combine reality with myths. The outcome, form that method, is a brilliant way to express an universal truth and a wonderful teaching.
The hidden message within the symbols and myths were left for those who developed a superior knowledge (Jnana Yoga). They became Masters of wisdom.
LORD KRISHNA, the main character of the Gita, represents a real Master, the one who has a special knowledge (Jnana Yoga) to teach. The Great Avatar also represents the Inner Master or super-conscience dwelling within us. Blessed is the one who had a real Master to teach him/her. Even more blessed the one who who has access to his/her Inner Master. Nevertheless, we are in the age of darkness; the age where many fake masters and false prophets are deceiving many people with good heart.
Arjuna is the soul in search of light. He is the warrior of the path toward MOKSHA (liberation). He is a warrior who does not want to be a believer; he wants to experiment truth and liberation beyond the body, the mind and any physical attachment.
The Pandavas represent different aspects or virtues that Arjuna needs in order to get MOKSHA.
The Kauravas are different aspects that hold Arjuna from achieving MOKSHA: Weakness, fear, arrogance, attachment, etc.
KRISHNA AND THE BATTLE: SOME ASPECTS.
THE SYMBOLIC BATTLE OF THE BHAGAVAD GITA.
ARJUNA IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BATTLE FIELD.
Arjuna saw all his friends, relatives, heroes, teachers, elders, etc. He could not understand why he would kill people who eh respects, admires and loves.
Here is where Lord Krishna started to teach the ancient wisdom of Yoga to Arjuna. you really have to read the Bhagavad Gita to feel the power of his words. The splendor, wisdom and power of Lord Krishna is written in a simple yet marvelous way.
The reincarnation of Vishnu spoke Arjuna about Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga. The divine being specified that the greatest of all yogas is JNANA YOGA (The yoga of SELF-KNOWLEDGE).
The Super-Natural being explained to his disciple a very simple, but powerful truth: WHATEVER IS REAL IS ETERNAL; WHATEVER IS NOT REAL DIES. So he (Arjuna) must kill all of them because at the end the soul is immortal. What that really means?
THE GITA: THE GREAT MESSAGE!
Real is whatever is eternal: The Soul and Atman. What is not real is not eternal, it has a beginning and it has an end: The body. We are attach to our body, thoughts and emotions. Our true nature is the soul: The primordial energy within us. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be transformed!
Yes, thoughts and emotions are energy, they are corrupted energies coming out from the subconscious. Science knows now that most of out thoughts and emotions (even those which are nice and beautiful) come from the subconscious in a mechanical way.
The subconscious is darkness, it ignores what is beyond time and space, it ignores what is beyond the mind and the body. Atman is the sun that lights the soul (Arjuna). The latter must fight against darkness, illusion (The subconscious).
The battle of Kurukshetra is the eternal battle to conquer oneself. This is the whole idea of yoga, which means "UNION." It is the union of Atman and the soul. The subconscious is a huge abyss between both of them.
A real Arjuna will be able to transform all the energies of the subconscious into energies of light. Nevertheless, it was never an easy task to fulfill. That is why Arjuna needed Lord Krishna, the real Master.