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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 1, Verse 28

Chapter 1: Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra
Verse: 28
arjuna uvaca
drishtvemam sva-janam krishna
yuyutsum samupasthitam
sidanti mama gatrani
mukham ca parisushyati

Arjuna said: My dear Krishna, seeing my friends and relatives present before me in such a fighting spirit, I feel the limbs of my body quivering and my mouth drying up.

Beginning with verse 28 Arjuna will describe his reasons for not wanting to fight. These are in the following five categories: compassion (28-30), enjoyment (31-36), destruction of family (37-42), fear of sinful reactions (43-45) and indecision.

Once again the point is being made that Arjuna as a pure devotee of the Lord is displaying all Godly qualities like that of compassion and soft-heartedness. Srila Prabhupada says that only devotees of the Lord are decorated with such fine quality, whereas non-devotees, who may be very advanced on the material plane are always bereft of these qualities (SB 5.18.12). The compassion of Arjuna is not just limited to persons on his side but even to people who have assembled there ready to fight him and kill him. Such absolute qualities are on a spiritual platform and can be found only in devotees.

The physical symptoms of distress being manifest by Arjuna is not out of physical weakness though they externally resemble them. They are actually out of his mental anguish arising out of his compassion.

In these three verses, Arjuna gives his first reason not to fight: compassion

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

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