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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 1, Verse 3

Chapter 1: Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra
Verse: 3
pasyaitam pandu-putranam
acarya mahatim camum
vyudham drupada-putrena
tava sishyena dhimata

O my teacher, behold the great army of the sons of Pandu, so expertly arranged by your intelligent disciple the son of Drupada.

These nine verses is the only time in the Bhagavad-gita that Duryodhana speaks. These verses bring forth the character of Duryodhana as an astute politician, expert in using words and situations to his advantage and in manipulating others for his purpose.

Duryodhana was aware that Dronacarya was favorable to the Pandavas, especially Arjuna, who was his favorite disciple. He deliberately begins by bringing Drona's attention to Dhristadyumna, the commander-in-chief of the Pandava army. He refers to him as the son of Drupada, hoping to incite Drona's anger since Drona and Drupada were old enemies. Duryodhana also addresses Dhristadyumna as the disciple of Drona to remind Drona that he had in the past made an error in accepting Dhristadyumna as his disciple and so he should be extra vigilant now.

Please read the Sanskrit Verse and the Prabhupada's Purport.


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