Adhyay 1

Gita Ji’s Adhyay 1, Shlok 1 to 9: In these Shloks, Sanjay is informing Dhritrashtr about the state of the army and the distinguished warriors present in the army.

Gita Adhyay 1, Shlok 20 to 23: In these Shloks, Arjun is saying that Lord! Take my chariot in the middle of both the armies so that I can see which of the warriors are going to stay in front of me.

It is described in Gita Adhyay 1, Shlok 24-25 that God Krishna parked the chariot in the middle of both the armies and said to Arjun that look at the Kuruvanshis and kings standing ahead.

Gita Adhyay 1, Shlok 26-45: In these Shloks, it has been described that Arjun saw his own relatives, sons, and grandsons, brother-in-laws, and father-in-laws prepared to kill and get killed in the war and discerningly said to Sri Krishna Ji that my body is trembling on seeing the innocent children, my friends, paternal cousins, and relatives standing in front of me. My bow is slipping from my hand. I am even unable to stand anymore. I am not feeling comfortable with the idea of killing my own people. Oh Krishna! Neither do I wish for victory nor the pleasure of a kingdom. Because I do not want the kingdom after killing those who themselves are not bothered about their kingdom and lives, and are ready to die. I do not want to kill brothers, sons, and grandsons, even if I get the kingdom of the three loks. Then why should I commit this sin for the kingdom of the Earth? By killing them, I will incur sin only. How can we prosper by doing such sinful deeds? These kings standing ahead are being blinded by delusion, but we are wise. Why should we do something as a result of which, after the destruction of the family, other wicked people might assault our women? The offsprings will be of mixed caste. The sativrata dharm (the virtue of being loyal to one’s husband) will get destroyed, and we will go to hell because of not doing any dharm-karm (meritorious acts). In reality, we are great sinners, who have become prepared to kill our own brothers, out of selfishness.

In Gita Adhyay 1, Shlok 46, Arjun said that Lord, to prevent this sin from occurring, even if Dhritrashtr’s sons kill the unarmed me, and war does not occur, I will prefer to die myself because with my death, lakhs of sisters will be saved from becoming widows and lakhs of innocent children will be saved from becoming orphans.

In Gita Adhyay 1, Shlok 47: On saying this, Arjun heavy-heartedly sat in the middle of the chariot and kept his bow down.

Sat Bhakti Sandesh