Bhagavad Gita -Madhvacharya 13

Bhagavad Gita -Sri Madhvacharya

(Bhashya and Tatparya Nirnaya)


Chapter 1
The Yoga of Despondency

24 - 46. Sanjaya said: Thus addressed by Arjuna, Sri Krishna drew up the best of the chariots, O King, between the two armies in the presence of Bhishma, Drona and d the chiefs and said: Behold O Partha, these Kurus assembled (here). There, Arjuna saw standing (before him) father, grandfather, teacher, uncles, brother, sons and also grandsons and also fathers-in-law and friends in both the armies. When Arjuna saw all these kinsmen thus standing arrayed, he was overcome with great compassion and spoke his sorrow. Arjuna said: Seeing these people of mine arrayed before me and eager to fight, O Krishna, my limbs quail, my mouth dries up, my body trembles and hairs stand at end. 30. Gandiva slips from my bands and my skin burns. I am also not able to stand steady and my mind wanders, as it were. I see signs of evll omens, O Krishna; I do not see any good to come about by killing one's own people. I do not crave for victory, O Krishna, nor kingdom nor pleasures; how does by kingdom, O Krishna, how by enjoyments or even by living (is one satisfied) ? For which purpose, desiring kingdoms, enjoyments and pleasures are these (people) gathered here eager for renouncing their life and wealth ? Teachers, fathers, sons and even the Grand-sires, uncles, fathers-in-law, grandsons, brothers-in-law and other relations as well. These, I do not desire to kill, though killed myself, O Krishna, even for the sake of the three worlds, what to speak of this world ? Having killed the sons of Dhritarashtra, what pleasure can be ours, O Krishna? Demerit, verily, shall be for us in this, even in killing these criminals.