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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 2, Verse 9

Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized
Verse: 9
sanjaya uvaca
evam uktva hrishikesam
gudakesah parantapah
na yotsya iti govindam
uktva tushnim babhuva ha

Sanjaya said: Having spoken thus, Arjuna, chastiser of enemies, told Krishna, "Govinda, I shall not fight," and fell silent.

Arjuna has surrendered to Krishna and so far Krishna has not given him any directions, indicating that he is free to do as he pleases. In response to this Arjuna states that his decision is not to fight.

Arjuna also addresses Krishna as Hrishikesa, which means controller of the senses. The indication is that Arjuna is expecting Krishna, the master of all senses and the knower of all the Vedas, to explain to him what his real duty is.

Srila Prabhupada comments that Dhritarashtra must have been very glad to understand that Arjuna was not going to fight and was instead leaving the battlefield for the begging profession. But Sanjaya disappointed him again in relating that Arjuna was competent to kill his enemies (parantapah). Although Arjuna was, for the time being, overwhelmed with false grief due to family affection, he surrendered unto Krishna, the supreme spiritual master, as a disciple. This indicated that he would soon be free from the false lamentation resulting from family affection and would be enlightened with perfect knowledge of self-realization, or Krishna consciousness, and would then surely fight. Thus Dhritarashtra's joy would be frustrated, since Arjuna would be enlightened by Krishna and would fight to the end.

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


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