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Song Name: Dharmaksetre Kuruksetre Samaveta Yuyutsavah
Official Name: Book 6 Bhagavad Gita Parva Section 25 (Chapter 1)
dharma-kṣetre kuru-kṣetre samavetā yuyutsavaḥ
māmakāḥ pāṇḍavāś caiva kim akurvata sañjaya
dṛṣṭvā tu pāṇḍavānīkaḿ vyūḍhaḿ duryodhanas tadā
ācāryam upasańgamya rājā vacanam abravīt
paśyaitāḿ pāṇḍu-putrāṇām ācārya mahatīḿ camūm
vyūḍhāḿ drupada-putreṇa tava śiṣyeṇa dhīmatā
atra śūrā maheṣv-āsā bhīmārjuna-samā yudhi
yuyudhāno virāṭaś ca drupadaś ca mahā-rathaḥ
dhṛṣṭaketuś cekitānaḥ kāśirājaś ca vīryavān
purujit kuntibhojaś ca śaibyaś ca nara-puńgavaḥ
yudhāmanyuś ca vikrānta uttamaujāś ca vīryavān
saubhadro draupadeyāś ca sarva eva mahā-rathāḥ
asmākaḿ tu viśiṣṭā ye tān nibodha dvijottama
nāyakā mama sainyasya saḿjñārthaḿ tān bravīmi te
bhavān bhīṣmaś ca karṇaś ca kṛpaś ca samitiḿ-jayaḥ
aśvatthāmā vikarṇaś ca saumadattis tathaiva ca
anye ca bahavaḥ śūrā mad-arthe tyakta-jīvitāḥ
nānā-śastra-praharaṇāḥ sarve yuddha-viśāradāḥ
aparyāptaḿ tad asmākaḿ balaḿ bhīṣmābhirakṣitam
paryāptaḿ tv idam eteṣāḿ balaḿ bhīmābhirakṣitam
ayaneṣu ca sarveṣu yathā-bhāgam avasthitāḥ
bhīṣmam evābhirakṣantu bhavantaḥ sarva eva hi
tasya sañjanayan harṣaḿ kuru-vṛddhaḥ pitāmahaḥ
siḿha-nādaḿ vinadyoccaiḥ śańkhaḿ dadhmau pratāpavān
tataḥ śańkhāś ca bheryaś ca paṇavānaka-gomukhāḥ
sahasaivābhyahanyanta sa śabdas tumulo ’bhavat
tataḥ śvetair hayair yukte mahati syandane sthitau
mādhavaḥ pāṇḍavaś caiva divyau śańkhau pradadhmatuḥ
pāñcajanyaḿ hṛṣīkeśo devadattaḿ dhanañjayaḥ
pauṇḍraḿ dadhmau mahā-śańkhaḿ bhīma-karmā vṛkodaraḥ
anantavijayaḿ raja kuntī-putro yudhiṣṭhiraḥ
nakulaḥ sahadevaś ca sughoṣa-maṇipuṣpakau
kāśyaś ca parameṣv-āsaḥ śikhaṇḍī ca mahā-rathaḥ
dhṛṣṭadyumno virāṭaś ca sātyakiś cāparājitaḥ
drupado draupadeyāś ca sarvaśaḥ pṛthivī-pate
saubhadraś ca mahā-bāhuḥ śańkhān dadhmuḥ pṛthak pṛthak
sa ghoṣo dhārtarāṣṭrāṇāḿ hṛdayāni vyadārayat
nabhaś ca pṛthivīḿ caiva tumulo ’bhyanunādayan
atha vyavasthitān dṛṣṭvā dhārtarāṣṭrān kapi-dhvajaḥ
pravṛtte śastra-sampāte dhanur udyamya pāṇḍavaḥ
hṛṣīkeśaḿ tadā vākyam idam āha mahī-pate
senayor ubhayor madhye rathaḿ sthāpaya me ’cyuta
yāvad etān nirīkṣe ’haḿ yoddhu-kāmān avasthitān
kair mayā saha yoddhavyam
yotsyamānān avekṣe ’haḿ ya ete ’tra samāgatāḥ
dhārtarāṣṭrasya durbuddher yuddhe priya-cikīrṣavaḥ
evam ukto hṛṣīkeśo guḍākeśena bhārata
senayor ubhayor madhye sthāpayitvā rathottamam
bhīṣma-droṇa-pramukhataḥ sarveṣāḿ ca mahī-kṣitām
uvāca pārtha paśyaitān samavetān kurūn iti
tatrāpaśyat sthitān pārthaḥ pitṝn atha pitāmahān
ācāryān mātulān bhrātṝn putrān pautrān sakhīḿs tathā
śvaśurān suhṛdaś caiva senayor ubhayor api
tān samīkṣya sa kaunteyaḥ sarvān bandhūn avasthitān
kṛpayā parayāviṣṭo viṣīdann idam abravīt
dṛṣṭvemaḿ sva-janaḿ kṛṣṇa yuyutsuḿ samupasthitam
sīdanti mama gātrāṇi mukhaḿ ca pariśuṣyati
vepathuś ca śarīre me roma-harṣaś ca jāyate
gāṇḍīvaḿ sraḿsate hastāt tvak caiva paridahyate
na ca śaknomy avasthātuḿ bhramatīva ca me manaḥ
nimittāni ca paśyāmi viparītāni keśava
na ca śreyo ’nupaśyāmi hatvā sva-janam āhave
na kāńkṣe vijayaḿ kṛṣṇa na ca rājyaḿ sukhāni ca
kiḿ no rājyena govinda kiḿ bhogair jīvitena vā
yeṣām arthe kāńkṣitaḿ no rājyaḿ bhogāḥ sukhāni ca
ta ime ’vasthitā yuddhe prāṇāḿs tyaktvā dhanāni ca
ācāryāḥ pitaraḥ putrās tathaiva ca pitāmahāḥ
mātulāḥ śvaśurāḥ pautrāḥ śyālāḥ sambandhinas tathā
etān na hantum icchāmi ghnato ’pi madhusūdana
api trailokya-rājyasya hetoḥ kiḿ nu mahī-kṛte
nihatya dhārtarāṣṭrān naḥ kā prītiḥ syāj janārdana
pāpam evāśrayed asmān hatvaitān ātatāyinaḥ
tasmān nārhā vayaḿ hantuḿ dhārtarāṣṭrān sa-bāndhavān
sva-janaḿ hi kathaḿ hatvā sukhinaḥ syāma mādhava
yady apy ete na paśyanti lobhopahata-cetasaḥ
kula-kṣaya-kṛtaḿ doṣaḿ mitra-drohe ca pātakam
kathaḿ na jñeyam asmābhiḥ pāpād asmān nivartitum
kula-kṣaya-kṛtaḿ doṣaḿ prapaśyadbhir janārdana
kula-kṣaye praṇaśyanti kula-dharmāḥ sanātanāḥ
dharme naṣṭe kulaḿ kṛtsnam adharmo ’bhibhavaty uta
adharmābhibhavāt kṛṣṇa praduṣyanti kula-striyaḥ
strīṣu duṣṭāsu vārṣṇeya jāyate varṇa-sańkaraḥ
sańkaro narakāyaiva kula-ghnānāḿ kulasya ca
patanti pitaro hy eṣāḿ lupta-piṇḍodaka-kriyāḥ
doṣair etaiḥ kula-ghnānāḿ varṇa-sańkara-kārakaiḥ
utsādyante jāti-dharmāḥ kula-dharmāś ca śāśvatāḥ
utsanna-kula-dharmāṇāḿ manuṣyāṇāḿ janārdana
narake niyataḿ vāso bhavatīty anuśuśruma
aho bata mahat pāpaḿ kartuḿ vyavasitā vayam
yad rājya-sukha-lobhena hantuḿ sva-janam udyatāḥ
yadi mām apratīkāram aśastraḿ śastra-pāṇayaḥ
dhārtarāṣṭrā raṇe hanyus tan me kṣemataraḿ bhavet
evam uktvārjunaḥ sańkhye rathopastha upāviśat
visṛjya sa-śaraḿ cāpaḿ śoka-saḿvigna-mānasaḥ
1) Dhrtarastra said: O Sanjaya, after assembling in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruksetra, what did my sons and the sons of Pandu do, being desirous to fight?
2) Sanjaya said: O King, after looking over the army gathered by the sons of Pandu, King Duryodhana went to his teacher and began to speak the following words:
3) O my teacher, behold the great army of the sons of Pandu, so expertly arranged by your intelligent disciple, the son of Drupada.
4) Here in this army there are many heroic bowmen equal in fighting to Bhima and Arjuna; there are also great fighters like Yuyudhana, Virata and Drupada.
5) There are also great, heroic, powerful fighters like Dhrstaketu, Cekitana, Kasiraja, Purujit, Kuntibhoja and Saibya.
6) There are the mighty Yudhamanyu, the very powerful Uttamauja, the son of Subhadra and the sons of Draupadi. All these warriors are great chariot fighters.
7) O best of the brahmanas, for your information, let me tell you about the captains who are especially qualified to lead my military force.
8) There are personalities like yourself, Bhisma, Karna, Krpa, Asvatthama, Vikarna and the son of Somadatta called Bhurisrava, who are always victorious in battle.
9) There are many other heroes who are prepared to lay down their lives for my sake. All of them are well equipped with different kinds of weapons, and all are experienced in military science.
10) Our strength is immeasurable, and we are perfectly protected by Grandfather Bhisma, whereas the strength of the Pandavas, carefully protected by Bhima, is limited.
11) Now all of you must give full support to Grandfather Bhisma, standing at your respective strategic points in the phalanx of the army.
12) Then Bhisma, the great valiant grandsire of the Kuru dynasty, the grandfather of the fighters, blew his conchshell very loudly like the sound of a lion, giving Duryodhana joy.
13) After that, the conchshells, bugles, trumpets, drums and horns were all suddenly sounded, and the combined sound was tumultuous.
14) On the other side, both Lord Krsna and Arjuna, stationed on a great chariot drawn by white horses, sounded their transcendental conchshells.
15) Then, Lord Krsna blew His conchshell, called Pancajanya; Arjuna blew his, the Devadatta; and Bhima, the voracious eater and performer of Herculean tasks, blew his terrific conchshell called Paundram.
16-18) King Yudhisthira, the son of Kunti, blew his conchshell, the Ananta-vijaya, and Nakula and Sahadeva blew the Sughosa and Manipuspaka. That great archer the King of Kasi, the great fighter Sikhandi, Dhrstadyumna, Virata and the unconquerable Satyaki, Drupada, the sons of Draupadi, and the others, O King, such as the son of Subhadra, greatly armed, all blew their respective conchshells.
19) The blowing of these different conchshells became uproarious, and thus, vibrating both in the sky and on the earth, it shattered the hearts of the sons of Dhrtarastra.
20) O King, at that time Arjuna, the son of Pandu, who was seated in his chariot, his flag marked with Hanuman, took up his bow and prepared to shoot his arrows, looking at the sons of Dhrtarastra. O King, Arjuna then spoke to Hrsikesa [Krsna] these words:
21-22) Arjuna said: O infallible one, please draw my chariot between the two armies so that I may see who is present here, who is desirous of fighting, and with whom I must contend in this great battle attempt.
23) Let me see those who have come here to fight, wishing to please the evil-minded son of Dhrtarastra.
24) Sanjaya said: O descendant of Bharata, being thus addressed by Arjuna, Lord Krsna drew up the fine chariot in the midst of the armies of both parties.
25) In the presence of Bhisma, Drona and all other chieftains of the world, Hrsikesa, the Lord, said, Just behold, Partha, all the Kurus who are assembled here.
26) There Arjuna could see, within the midst of the armies of both parties, his fathers, grandfathers, teachers, maternal uncles, brothers, sons, grandsons, friends, and also his father-in-law and well-wishers--all present there.
27) When the son of Kunti, Arjuna, saw all these different grades of friends and relatives, he became overwhelmed with compassion and spoke thus:
28) Arjuna said: My dear Krsna, seeing my friends and relatives present before me in such a fighting spirit, I feel the limbs of my body quivering and my mouth drying up.
29) My whole body is trembling, and my hair is standing on end. My bow Gandiva is slipping from my hand, and my skin is burning.
30) I am now unable to stand here any longer. I am forgetting myself, and my mind is reeling. I foresee only evil, O killer of the Kesi demon.
31) 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.
32-35) O Govinda, of what avail to us are kingdoms, happiness or even life itself when all those for whom we may desire them are now arrayed in this battlefield? O Madhusudana, when teachers, fathers, sons, grandfathers, maternal uncles, fathers-in-law, grandsons, brothers-in-law and all relatives are ready to give up their lives and properties and are standing before me, then why should I wish to kill them, though I may survive? O maintainer of all creatures, I am not prepared to fight with them even in exchange for the three worlds, let alone this earth.
36) Sin will overcome us if we slay such aggressors. Therefore it is not proper for us to kill the sons of Dhrtarastra and our friends. What should we gain, O Krsna, husband of the goddess of fortune, and how could we be happy by killing our own kinsmen?
37-38) O Janardana, although these men, overtaken by greed, see no fault in killing one's family or quarreling with friends, why should we, with knowledge of the sin, engage in these acts?
39) With the destruction of dynasty, the eternal family tradition is vanquished, and thus the rest of the family becomes involved in irreligious practice.
40) When irreligion is prominent in the family, O Krsna, the women of the family become corrupt, and from the degradation of womanhood, O descendant of Vrsni, comes unwanted progeny.
41) When there is increase of unwanted population, a hellish situation is created both for the family and for those who destroy the family tradition. In such corrupt families, there is no offering of oblations of food and water to the ancestors.
42) Due to the evil deeds of the destroyers of family tradition, all kinds of community projects and family welfare activities are devastated.
43) O Krsna, maintainer of the people, I have heard by disciplic succession that those who destroy family traditions dwell always in hell.
44) Alas, how strange it is that we are preparing to commit greatly sinful acts, driven by the desire to enjoy royal happiness.
45) I would consider it better for the sons of Dhrtarastra to kill me unarmed and unresisting, rather than to fight with them.
46) Sanjaya said: Arjuna, having thus spoken on the battlefield, cast aside his bow and arrows and sat down on the chariot, his mind overwhelmed with grief.
This is the first chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
UPDATED: February 3, 2017