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. The Bhagavad- PDFGita PDF EBook 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; download;
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 Like this book? Read online this: No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again, Bhagavad-Gita.

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