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The Bhagavad-Gita

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THE FIRST TEACHING

ARJUNA'S DEJECTION

Dhritarashtra

Sanjaya, tell me what my sons

and the sons of Pandu did when they met,

wanting to battle on the field of Kuru,

on the field of sacred duty? 1

Sanjaya

Your son Duryodhana, the king,

seeing the Pandava forces arrayed,

approached his teacher Drona

and spoke in command. 2

"My teacher, see

the great Pandava army arrayed

by Drupada's son,

your pupil, intent on revenge. 3

Here are heroes, mighty archers

equal to Bhima and Arjuna in warfare,

Yuyudhana, Virata, and Drupada,

your sworn foe on his great chariot. 4

Here too are Dhrishtaketu, Cekitana,

and the brave king of Benares;

Purujit, Kuntibhoja,

and the manly king of the Shibis. 5

Yudhamanyu is bold,

and Uttamaujas is brave;

the sons of Subhadra and Draupadi

all command great chariots. 6

Now, honored priest, mark

the superb men on our side

as I tell you the names

of my army's leaders. 7

They are you and Bhishma,

Karna and Kripa, a victor in battles,

your own son Ashvatthama,

Vikarna, and the son of Somadatta. 8

Many other heroes also risk

their lives for my sake,

bearing varied weapons

and skilled in the ways of war. 9

Guarded by Bhishma, the strength

of our army is without limit;

but the strength of their army,

guarded by Bhima, is limited. 10

In all the movements of battle,

you and your men,

stationed according to plan,

must guard Bhishma well " 11

Bhishma, fiery elder of the Kurus,

roared his lion's roar

and blew his conch horn,

exciting Duryodhana's delight. 12

Conches and kettledrums,

cymbals, tabors, and trumpets

were sounded at once

and the din of tumult arose. 13

Standing on their great chariot

yoked with white stallions,

Krishna and Arjuna, Pandu's son,

sounded their divine conches. 14

Krishna blew Pancajanya, won from a demon;

Arjuna blew Devadatta, a gift of the gods;

fierce wolf-bellied Bhima blew Paundra,

his great conch of the east. 15

Yudhishthira, Kunti's son, the king,

blew Anantavijaya, conch of boundless victory;

his twin brothers Nakula and Sahadeva

blew conches resonant and jewel toned. 16

The king of Benares, a superb archer,

and Shikhandin on his great chariot,

Drishtadyumna, Virata, and indomitable Satyaki,

all blew their conches. 17

Drupada, with his five grandsons,

and Subhadra's strong-armed son,

each in his turn blew

their conches, O King. 18

The noise tore the hearts

of Dhritarashtra's sons,

and tumult echoed

through heaven and earth. 19

Arjuna, his war flag a rampant monkey,

saw Dhritarashtra's sons assembled

as weapons were ready to clash,

and he lifted his bow. 2

Synopsis:

Dialogue between the warrior, Arjuna, and his charioteer, the god Krishna, explores the purpose of war, the importance of duty, and the spiritual nature of existence, in a new edition of the great classic of Hindu literature. Reissue.

Synopsis:

The Bhagavad-Gita has been an essential text of Hindu culture in India since the time of its composition in the first century A.D. One of the great classics of world literature, it has inspired such diverse thinkers as Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Eliot; most recently, it formed the core of Peter Brook's celebrated production of the Mahabharata.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553900392
Subtitle:
Krishna's Counsel in Time of War
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Translated by:
Barbara Stoler Miller
Author:
Miller, Barbara
Author:
Barbara Stoler Miller
Author:
Miller, Barbara Stoler
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Philosophy-Eastern - General
Subject:
Philosophy : Eastern
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Inspirational and devotional works
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Hindu literature
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Hinduism - Sacred Writings
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Bhagavad Gita
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-Sacred Writings
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Indian Scriptures
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19860701
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
168

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"Synopsis" by , Dialogue between the warrior, Arjuna, and his charioteer, the god Krishna, explores the purpose of war, the importance of duty, and the spiritual nature of existence, in a new edition of the great classic of Hindu literature. Reissue.
"Synopsis" by , The Bhagavad-Gita has been an essential text of Hindu culture in India since the time of its composition in the first century A.D. One of the great classics of world literature, it has inspired such diverse thinkers as Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Eliot; most recently, it formed the core of Peter Brook's celebrated production of the Mahabharata.
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