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The Gita: Text — Translation
dharmakṣetre kurukṣetre samavetā yuyutsavaḥ
māmakāḥ pāṇḍavāścaiva kimakurvata sañjaya (1. 01)
O Sanjaya, gathered together for war on the holy field of Kurukshetra, what did my partisans and those of the Pandavas do?
dṛṣṭvā tu pāṇḍavānīkaṃ vyūḍhaṃ duryodhanastadā
ācāryamupasaṃgamya rājā vacanamabravīt (1. 02)
Thereupon, King Duryodhana on seeing the Pandava army arranged in battle order approached the preceptor and said these words:
paśyaitāṃ pāṇḍuputrāṇāmācārya mahatīṃ camūm
vyūḍhāṃ drupadaputreṇa tava śiṣyeṇa dhīmatā (1. 03)
“Look, O Teacher, look at this huge Pandava army arranged in order of battle by your clever disciple Dhrishtadyumna, the son of Drupada.
atra śūrā maheṣvāsā bhīmārjunasamā yudhi
yuyudhāno virāṭaśca drupadaśca mahārathaḥ (1. 04)
dhṛṣṭaketuścekitānaḥ kāśirājaśca vīryavān
purujitkuntibhojaśca śaibyaśca narapuṃgavaḥ (1. 05)
yudhāmanyuśca vikrānta uttamaujāśca vīryavān
saubhadro draupadeyāśca sarva eva mahārathāḥ (1. 06)
In this enormous army there are courageous men and mighty wielders of bow like unto Bhima and Arjuna — Yuyudhana, Virata, and Drupada, the great chariot-warrior.
There are Dhrishtaketu, Chekitana and the man of great might, the king of Kashi, there are Purujit and Kuntibhoja and Shaibya, the best of men. The powerful Yudhamanyu is there and the mighty Uttamauja, Abhimanyu the son of Subhadra, and the sons of Draupadi, great warriors all.
asmākaṃ tu viśiṣṭā ye tānnibodha dvijottama
nāyakā mama sainyasya saṃjñārthaṃ tānbravīmi te (1. 07)
Those among us who are possessed of extraordinary strength, those who are the leaders of my troops, of them I recount the names that you may remember them, note:
bhavānbhīṣmaśca karṇaśca kṛpaśca samitiṃjayaḥ
aśvatthāmā vikarṇaśca saumadattir jayadrathaḥ (1. 08)
anye ca bahavaḥ śūrā madarthe tyaktajīvitāḥ
nānāśastrapraharaṇāḥ sarve yuddhaviśāradāḥ (1. 09)
Yourself and Bhishma, Karna and Kripa, the winner in battle, Aswatthama, Vikarna, Bhurisrava, the son of Somadatta, and Jayadratha, and many another man of courage have given up their attachment to life for my sake. All of them are skilled in warfare and are accoutred with many kinds of weapons.
aparyāptaṃ tadasmākaṃ balaṃ bhīṣmābhirakṣitam
paryāptaṃ tvidameteṣāṃ balaṃ bhīmābhirakṣitam (1. 10)
The strength of this army of ours is unlimited, on top of that Bhishma is our defender; the strength of that army of theirs is limited and Bhima alone is their hope and protection.
ayaneṣu ca sarveṣu yathābhāgamavasthitāḥ
bhīṣmamevābhirakṣantu bhavantaḥ sarva eva hi (1. 11)
Therefore all of you should protect Bhishma alone by remaining at your appointed stations among the troops at all the entries to the battle-field.”
tasya saṃjanayanharṣaṃ kuruvṛddhaḥ pitāmahaḥ
siṃhanādaṃ vinadyoccaiḥ śaňkhaṃ dadhmau pratāpavān (1. 12)
Giving rise to joy in Duryodhana's heart, grandfather Bhishma the oldest of the Kauravas uttered a loud battle-cry that resounded through the field and blew with great power into his conch.
tataḥ śaňkhāśca bheryaśca paṇavānakagomukhāḥ
sahasaivābhyahanyanta sa śabdastumulo'bhavat (1. 13)
Then suddenly there arose the sounds of conches and horns and war-drums of all kinds, the battle-field was filled with loud noises.
tataḥ śvetairhayairyukte mahati syandane sthitau
mādhavaḥ pāṇḍavaścaiva divyau śaňkhau pradaghmatuḥ (1. 14)
Thereupon, standing on their huge chariot drawn by white horses, Krishna and Pandu's son Arjuna blew their divine conches.
pāñcajanyaṃ hṛṣīkeśo devadattaṃ dhanaṃjayaḥ
pauṇḍraṃ dadhmau mahāśaňkhaṃ bhīmakarmā vṛkodaraḥ (1. 15)
Hrishikesha blew his Pancajanya, Arjuna his conch named Devadatta, and Bhima of terrifying deeds blew his mighty conch named Paundra.
anantavijayaṃ rājā kuntīputro yudhiṣṭhiraḥ
nakulaḥ sahadevaśca sughoṣamaṇipuṣpakau (1. 16)
King Yudhishthira, the son of Kunti, blew his conch Anantavijaya, and Nakula and Sahadeva blew theirs named Sughosha and Manipushpaka.
kāśyaśca parameṣvāsaḥ śikhaṇḍī ca mahārathaḥ
dhṛṣṭadyumno virāṭaśca sātyakiścāparājitaḥ (1. 17)
drupado draupadeyāśca sarvaśaḥ pṛthivīpate
saubhadraśca mahābāhuḥ śaňkhāndadhmuḥ pṛthakpṛthak (1. 18)
Kashi's king, the supreme archer, the great chariot-fighter Shikhandi, Dhrishtadyumna and the unbeaten warrior Satyaki, Drupada and Draupadi's sons, the long-armed son of Subhadra, all blew their respective conches from every direction.
sa ghoṣo dhārtarāṣṭrāṇāṃ hṛdayāni vyadārayat
nabhaśca pṛthivīṃ caiva tumulo vyanunādayan (1. 19)
That mighty report sent tumultuous echoes through earth and sky and rent asunder the hearts of Dhritarashtra's sons.
atha vyavasthitāndṛṣṭvā dhārtarāṣṭrān kapidhvajaḥ
pravṛtte śastrasaṃpāte dhanurudyamya pāṇḍavaḥ
hṛṣīkeśaṃ tadā vākyamidamāha mahīpate (1. 20)
Then, after the missiles had begun to fly, Pandu's son Arjuna raised his bow and said these words to Hrishikesha:
senayorubhayormadhye rathaṃ sthāpaya me'cyuta
yāvadetānnirīkṣe'haṃ yoddhukāmānavasthitān (1. 21)
kairmayā saha yoddhavyamasminraṇasamudyame (1. 22)
yotsyamānānavekṣe'haṃ ya ete'tra samāgatāḥ
dhārtarāṣṭrasya durbuddheryuddhe priyacikīrṣavaḥ (1. 23)
“O sinless one, place my chariot at a mid-point between the two armies, that I may gaze for sometime at these adversaries seized with the desire for battle. Let me see who are they who want a fight, who have come together here with the object of performing in the battle-field acts dear to Duryodhana, the misguided son of Dhritarashtra.”
evamukto hṛṣīkeśo guḍākeśena bhārata
senayorubhayormadhye sthāpayitvā rathottamam (1. 24)
bhīṣmadroṇapramukhataḥ sarveṣāṃ ca mahīkṣitām
uvāca pārtha paśyaitānsamavetānkurūniti (1. 25)
On hearing these words of Arjuna, Hrishikesha placed that excellent chariot at a mid-point between the two armies, and arriving in front of Bhishma, Drona and all the other princes, said, “O Partha, watch all the Kurus gathered here.”
tatrāpaśyatsthitānpārthaḥ pitṝnatha pitāmahān
śvaśurānsuhṛdaścaiva senayorubhayorapi (1. 26)
In that field of battle, Partha saw standing among the two opposing forces, fathers and grandfathers, teachers, uncles, brothers, sons and grandsons, friends, fathers-in-law and intimate companions, all his kith and kin.
tānsamīkṣya sa kaunteyaḥ sarvānbandhūnavasthitān
kṛpayā parayāviṣṭo viṣīdannidamabravīt (1. 27)
On seeing all those friends and relations thus standing before him, Kunti's son was overtaken by an acute sense of pity and said these words, his heart stricken with grief:
dṛṣṭvemaṃ svajanaṃ kṛṣṇa yuyutsuṃ samupasthitam
sīdanti mama gātrāṇi mukhaṃ ca pariśuṣyati (1. 28)
vepathuśca śarīre me romaharṣaśca jāyate
gāṇḍīvaṃ sraṃsate hastāttvakcaiva paridahyate (1. 29)
“O Krishna, on seeing all these my own people ranged for battle, the limbs of my body are feeling weary, my mouth is getting parched, all over the body there is shivering and the hairs stand on edge, the Gandiva bow is slipping out of my hand without control, my skin is as if burning with fire.
na ca śaknomyavasthātuṃ bhramatīva ca me manaḥ
nimittāni ca paśyāmi viparītāni keśava (1. 30)
I can no longer keep standing, my mind is beginning as if to whirl, O Keshava, I am seeing evil omens.
na ca śreyo'nupaśyāmi hatvā svajanamāhave
na kāňkṣe vijayaṃ kṛṣṇa na ca rājyaṃ sukhāni ca (1. 31)
I do not see any good from killing my own people in battle. O Krishna, I do not wish for victory, nor do I want a kingdom nor seek happiness either.
kiṃ no rājyena govinda kiṃ bhogairjīvitena vā
yeṣāmarthe kāňkṣitaṃ no rājyaṃ bhogāḥ sukhāni ca (1. 32)
ta ime'vasthitā yuddhe prāṇāṃstyaktvā dhanāni ca
ācāryāḥ pitaraḥ putrāstathaiva ca pitāmahāḥ (1. 33)
Tell me, O Govinda, what do we gain from kingdom? what profit is there in enjoyment? of what use is life itself? Those for whom kingdom and enjoyment and life become desirable are themselves present in this battlefield after renouncing their life and wealth — they who are teachers and fathers, sons and grandfathers,
mātulāḥ śvaśurāḥ pautrāḥ śyālāḥ sambandhinastathā
etānna hantumicchāmi ghnato'pi madhusūdana (1. 34)
api trailokyarājyasya hetoḥ kiṃ nu mahīkṛte
nihatya dhārtarāṣṭrānnaḥ kā prītiḥ syājjanārdana (1. 35)
uncles, fathers-in-law, grandsons, brothers-in-law and other relatives. O Madhusudana, if they kill me, even then I do not wish to kill them, not even for the sake of dominion over the three worlds, what to say of the lordship of earth. What, O Janardana, can be our happiness of mind by killing the sons of Dhritarashtra?
tasmānnārhā vayaṃ hantuṃ dhārtarāṣṭrānsvabāndhavān
svajanaṃ hi kathaṃ hatvā sukhinaḥ syāma mādhava (1. 36)
They are out to kill, nevertheless, to kill them would be to give shelter in our mind to sin. Therefore, since the sons of Dhritarashtra are our kin, we are not the persons fit to destroy them. In what way, O Madhava, shall we be happy by killing our own people?
yadyapyete na paśyanti lobhopahatacetasaḥ
kulakṣayakṛtaṃ doṣaṃ mitradrohe ca pātakam (1. 37)
Under the influence of greed they have lost their understanding, and they do not appreciate the evils arising from a deterioration of the clans and the heinous sin of doing harm to one's friends.
kathaṃ na jñeyamasmābhiḥ pāpādasmānnivartitum
kulakṣayakṛtaṃ doṣaṃ prapaśyadbhirjanārdana (1. 38)
But we, O Janardana, realise the harm caused by the deterioration of clans. Why should we not wake to the knowledge, why should we not desist from this sin?
kulakṣaye praṇaśyanti kuladharmāḥ sanātanāḥ
dharme naṣṭe kulaṃ kṛtsnam adharmo'bhibhavatyuta (1. 39)
With a deterioration of the clan, all the established laws of right living come to an end, and with that, unrighteousness overtakes the entire clan.
adharmābhibhavātkṛṣṇa praduṣyanti kulastriyaḥ
strīṣu duṣṭāsu vārṣṇeya jāyate varṇasaṃkaraḥ (1. 40)
Under the influence of unrighteousness, O Krishna, the women of the clan lose their virtue; when the women lose their virtue, there is admixture of castes.
saṃkaro narakāyaiva kulaghnānāṃ kulasya ca
patanti pitaro hyeṣāṃ luptapiṇḍodakakriyāḥ (1. 41)
The admixture of castes is the cause of the clansmen and the destroyers of clans going to hell, because the ancestors are thereby deprived of the food and water given them as offerings and they fall from the world of the fathers.
doṣairetaiḥ kulaghnānāṃ varṇasaṃkarakārakaiḥ
utsādyante jātidharmāḥ kuladharmāśca śāśvatāḥ (1. 42)
As a result of all these evils caused by the destroyers of clans and leading to the admixture of castes, the old established laws of the nation and the clan come to naught.
utsannakuladharmāṇāṃ manuṣyāṇāṃ janārdana
narake niyataṃ vāso bhavatītyanuśuśruma (1. 43)
In hell is assigned the abode of those the laws of whose clans have come to naught; this is what we have heard from of old.
aho bata mahat pāpaṃ kartuṃ vyavasitā vayam
yad rājyasukhalobhena hantuṃ svajanam udyatāḥ (1. 44)
Lo! the extremely heinous sin we had determined to commit, that we were making efforts to kill our own people out of greed for the pleasure of dominion.
yadi māmapratīkāramaśastraṃ śastrapāṇayaḥ
dhārtarāṣṭrā raṇe hanyustanme kṣemataraṃ bhavet (1. 45)
It were better for me if the sons of Dhritarashtra accoutred in arms should kill me when I am without arms and make no effort to resist.”
evamuktvārjunaḥ saṅkhye rathopastha upāviśat
visṛjya saśaraṃ cāpaṃ śokasaṃvignamānasaḥ (1. 46)
With these words, his mind stained by the upsurge of grief, Arjuna threw away his bow with the arrow fixed on it and sat down in his chariot.