Chapter 1: Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra
na ca sreyo ‘nupasyami
hatva sva-janam ahave
na kankse vijayam krsna
na ca rajyam sukhani ca
I do not see how any good can come from killing my own kinsmen in this battle, nor can I, my dear Krsna, desire any subsequent victory, kingdom, or happiness.
Without knowing that one’s self-interest is in Visnu (or Krsna), conditioned souls are attracted by bodily relationships, hoping to be happy in such situations. Under delusion, they forget that Krsna is also the cause of material happiness. Arjuna appears to have even forgotten the moral codes for aksatriya.It is said that two kinds of men, namely theksatriyawho dies directly in front of the battlefield under Krsna’s personal orders and the person in the renounced order of life who is absolutely devoted to…
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