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Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized

TEXT 31

sva-dharmam api caveksya
na vikampitum arhasi
dharmyad dhi yuddhac chreyo ‘nyat
ksatriyasya na vidyate

Chapter 2 Verse 31

TRANSLATION

Considering your specific duty as a ksatriya, you should know that there is no better engagement for you than fighting on religious principles; and so there is no need for hesitation.

PURPORT

Out of the four orders of social administration, the second order, for the matter of good administration, is calledksatriya. Ksatmeans hurt. One who gives protection from harm is calledksatriya (trayate—to give protection). Theksatriyasare trained for killing in the forest. Aksatriyawould go into the forest and challenge a tiger face to face and fight with the tiger with his sword. When the tiger was killed, it would be offered the royal order of cremation. This system is being followed even up to the…

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