In this post, 100+ wonderful Slokas of Bhagavat Gita#12, the text of Bhagavat Gita is narrated. 100+ wonderful Slokas of Bhagavat Gita#12 Observing the Army on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra consists of the 31st,32nd, 33rd, 34th, and 35th Slokas of CH.1 from the Gita. Every day I shall publish one post which may contain one or more slokas, from Bhagavad Gita.
Bhagavad Gita or Gitopanisad is one of the most important Upanishad. Bhagavad Gita is the philosophy of life narrated and explained by Lord Krsna to his devotee and friend Arjuna.
na ca sreyo ‘nupasyami hatva sva-janam ahave
na kankse vijayam krsna na ca rajyam sukhani ca
I am not convinced that any good can come from killing my own relatives in the battle. I cannot do that. I do not want victory, kingdom, or happiness.
If anybody is not interested in Visnu (or Krsna), conditioned souls are attracted by bodily relationships, hoping to be happy in such situations. It is a wrong conception of life. For that, they forget even the cause of material happiness. Under the situation, Arjuna appears to have even forgotten the moral codes for a Ksatriya. The Ksatriya who dies directly in front of the battlefield under Krsna’s orders and the person in the renounced order of life who is devoted to spiritual culture, are eligible to enter into the sun globe, which is so powerful and exceptional.
Arjuna is not prepared to even kill his enemies, let alone his relatives. He thinks that by killing his own men there would be no happiness in his life, and therefore he is not willing to fight. He has now decided to go into the forest and live a hidden life in frustration. Since he is a Kshatriya, he requires a kingdom for his subsistence, because the Kshatriyas cannot engage themselves in any other occupation. Arjuna was not a king. Arjuna’s sole opportunity to gain a kingdom lies in fighting with his cousins and brothers to win the kingdom inherited from his father, which he does not like. Therefore, he considers himself fit to go to the forest to live a secluded life of frustration.
32 – 35
kim no rajyena govinda kim bhogair jivitgena va
yesam arthe kanksitam no rajyam bhogah sukhani ca
ta ime ‘vasthita yuddhje pranams tyaktva dhanani ca
acaryah pitarah putras tathaiva ca pitamahah
matulah svasurah pautrah syalah sambandhinas tatha
Eean na hantum icchami ghnato ‘pe madhusudana
api trailokya-rajyuasya hetoh kim nu mahi-krte
nihatya dhartarastran nah ka pritih syaj janardana
O Govinda, what can bring to us a kingdom, happiness, or even life itself when all those for whom we may desire them are now arrayed on this battlefield? O Madhusudana, when, fathers, teachers, sons, maternal uncles, grandfathers, fathers-in-law, grandsons, brothers-in-law, and other relatives are ready to give up their lives and everything. They are standing before me, why should I wish to kill them, even though they might otherwise kill me? O maintainer of all living entities, I am not ready for the battle against them even in exchange for the three worlds, let alone this earth. What satisfaction will we derive from killing the sons of Dhritarashtra?
Arjuna has called Lord Krsna as Govinda because Krsna is the object of all pleasures for cows and the senses. These significant words were told by Arjuna indicating that Krsna should understand what will satisfy Arjuna’s senses.
It is not Govinda or Lord Krsna who is not meant for satisfying our senses. Satisfying the senses of Govinda, we can automatically satisfy our senses. Everyone wants to materially satisfy his senses, and he wants God to be the order supplier for such satisfaction. The Lord Krsna will satisfy the senses of the living entities as much as they deserve. But not to the extent that they may wish. When one takes the reverse way that means when one tries to satisfy; the senses of Govinda without desiring to satisfy self’s senses then by the grace of Govinda all desires of the living entity are satisfied.
Therefore, Arjuna’s deep affection for community and family members is not prepared to fight. Everyone wants to show his abundance to friends and relatives. Arjuna was afraid that his relatives and friends will be killed in the battle. He will not be able to share his opulence after victory. This is a calculative thinking of material life transcendental life, however, is different. A devotee wants to satisfy the desires of the Lord, he can, Lord willing, accept all kinds of fortune for the service of the Lord, and if the Lord is not willing, he should not accept anything.
Arjun did not want to kill his relatives, and if there were any need to kill them, he desired Krsna to kill them personally. At this point, he did not know that Krsna had already killed them before they came into the battlefield and that he was only to become an instrument for Krsna.
This fact is disclosed in the following chapters. Arjuna is a natural devotee of the Lord. He did not like to retaliate against his miscreant cousins and brothers, but the Lord planned that they should all be killed. As a devotee of Lord Arjuna did not want to hit back against the miscreants, but Lord’s judgment was to punish them for their wrongdoing. The Lord can excuse a person on His account, but He excuses no one who has harmed His devotees. Hence, the Lord was determined to punish the miscreants, although Arjuna wanted to excuse them.
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