Gita Daily Readings

2nd January
Chapter
I: 3-6
Behold, Oh teacher, this mighty army of the Pandavas, arrayed by thy wise disciple, the son of Drupada.

Here are heroes, mighty archers equal in battle to Bhima and Arjuna, Yuyudhana, Virata and Drupada, of the great car (mighty warriors).

Dhrshtaketu, Chekitana and the valiant king of Kashi Purujit, Kuntibhoja and Shaibya, the best of men.

The strong Yudhamanyu and the brave Uttamauja, the son of Subhadra (Abhimanyu) and the sons of Draupadi who are all great heroes.

Commentary

No man is perfect. The good man has his faults. The evil one has to his credit sublime thoughts and chivalrous actions, however rare they may be. Both of them are subject to temptations. But the good man shakes off evil after a brief encounter. The wicked man similarly shies away from goodness just as fast!

Having approached the teacher, Duryodhana does not fall at the guru's feet and ask for blessings. Nor does he wait upon him for guidance or direction. His aggressive and arrogant nature immediately overpowers even guru-bhakti(devotion to the preceptor). The result? Taunting words and commands! "Look at this powerful army of our enemy: it is arrayed by one whom you taught!"

The wicked man's heart trembles in fear and the Pandava army (though numerically weaker) appears to be a "mighty army." The will quakes before a sense of guilt and the vision is blurred.

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