Chapter 1: Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kurukṣetra

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 1.44

aho bata mahat pāpaḿ

kartuḿ vyavasitā vayam

yad rājya-sukha-lobhena

hantuḿ sva-janam udyatāḥ


aho — alas; bata — how strange it is; mahat — great; pāpam — sins; kartumto perform; vyavasitāḥ — have decided; vayam — we; yat — because; rājya-sukha-lobhena — driven by greed for royal happiness; hantumto kill; sva-janam — kinsmen; udyatāḥ — trying.


Alas, how strange it is that we are preparing to commit greatly sinful acts. Driven by the desire to enjoy royal happiness, we are intent on killing our own kinsmen.


Driven by selfish motives, one may be inclined to such sinful acts as the killing of one's own brother, father or mother. There are many such instances in the history of the world. But Arjuna, being a saintly devotee of the Lord, is always conscious of moral principles and therefore takes care to avoid such activities.

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