Bhagavad Gita -Sri Madhvacharya
(Bhashya and Tatparya Nirnaya)
The Yoga of Despondency
Therefore, it is not proper for us to kill these kinsmen, the sons of Dhritarashtra. By Killing one's own people, how is happiness possible, O Krishna? Eager for war these, whose mind is enamoured by greed, do not see the wrong in destruction of the family, the demerits from the treachery to friends. Why should we not, knowing the demerit which is sure to accrue, turn away from this act, O Krishna ? In the ruin of the family are destroyed the Perennial Principles of the family; the Perennial Principles (Dharma) being destroyed, the entire family is overwhelmed by unrighteous behavior. When unrighteousness prevails, O Krishna, the noble ladies fall afoul When women become corrupted, O Krishna, there results the mixture of castes. The mixture of castes leads to hell the destroyers of the family and the family as well. The ancestors plunge therein, surely, in the absence of the offerings of food and waters. By the misdeeds of these destroyers of families and also due to mixture of the castes, the laws governing the castes and eternal righteousness of the families are destroyed. The people whose families have lost the righteousness, O Krishna, are bound to live their entire life in hell, thus we have heard. Alas, what great demerit was about to be perpetrated by us; for the pleasures of the kingdom and greed we were about to be engaged in killing our own people. It would, indeed, be beneficial if I, without weapons in my hand, am killed by the sons of Dhritarashtra in the battle armed with all weapons.