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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 1, Verse 21

Chapter 1: Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra
Verse: 21
Verse 21-22
arjuna uvaca
senayor ubhayor madhye
ratham sthapaya me 'cyuta
yavad etan nirikshe 'ham
yoddhu-kaman avasthitan
kair maya saha yoddhavyam
asmin rana-samudyame

Translation:
Arjuna said: O infallible one, please draw my chariot between the two armies so that I may see those present here, who desire to fight, and with whom I must contend in this great trial of arms.

Explanation:
This is the first time in the Bhagavad-gita that Arjuna speaks. Beginning from this verse, the next seven verses will manifest the indecisiveness of Arjuna to engage in battle.

This is also the first time in Bhagavad-gita that Sri Krishna is being directly addressed. (He was previously mentioned when He blew His concshell in 1.15). Sri Krishna is being addressed as a chariot driver and being instructed by Arjuna. This highlights the 'bhakta-vatsala' mood of Krishna, appearing as a menial servant of His devotee, taking orders from him. He is addressed as 'Acutya' or infallible, since He is infallible in serving His devotees. There is always a transcendental competition between Krishna and His devotees. They both try and serve each other and take great pleasure in doing so. Srila Prabhupada summarizes this as, "But when He (Krishna) finds that a pure devotee is ordering Him, He obtains transcendental pleasure, although He is the infallible master of all circumstances."

Here we also see the first signs of indecisiveness on the part of Arjuna. The kings had a very efficient system of espionage and counter-espionage, Arjuna very well knew who was there to fight with him and against. Yet he requests Krishna to lead him to see the people he would be forced to fight on account of the greed of Dhirtrastha and the obstinacy of Duryodhana. This was because Arjuna was having second thoughts about the battle he was about it fight.

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

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