Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra
Chapter 1: Verse-1
Dhrtarastrah said: O Sanjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pandu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruksetra, desiring to fight, what did they do?
Bhagavad-gita is the widely read theistic science summarized in the Gita-mähätmya (Glorification of the Gita). There it says that one should read Bhagavad-gita very scrutinizingly with the help of a person who is a devotee of Sri Krsna and try to understand it without personally motivated interpretations. The example of clear understanding is there in the Bhagavad-gita itself, in the way the teaching is understood by Arjuna, who heard the Gita directly from the Lord. If someone is fortunate enough to understand Bhagavad-gita in that line of disciplic succession, without motivated interpretation, then he surpasses all studies of Vedic wisdom, and all scriptures of the world. One will find in the Bhagavad-gita all that is contained in other scriptures, but the reader will also find things which are not to be found elsewhere. That is the specific standard of the Gita. It is the perfect theistic science because it is directly spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krsna.
- dhrtarastrah uväca=King Dhrtarastrah said; dharma-ksetre=in the place of
pilgrimage; kuru-ksetre=in the place named Kuruksetra;
samavetah=assembled; yuyutsavah=desiring to fight; mamakah=my party
(sons); pandavah=the sons of Pandu; ca=and; eva=certainly; kim=what;
akurvata=did they do; sanjaya=O Sanjaya.