Evam Uktwa Hrishikesham Gudakeshah Parantapa
Nayotsya Iti Govindam Uktwa Tushnim Babhoova Ha
Tamuvacha Hrishikeshaha Prahasanniva Bharatha
Senayorubhayor Madhye Visheedanthamidam Vachaha
Sanjaya, who was watching the discussion told Dhritarashtra, "Arjuna, the conqueror of sleep and the scorcher of his enemies, told Sri Krishna, who has overcome his senses, that he will not fight and sat down in silence.
Sri Krishna addressed Arjuna, who sat sorrowfully between both the armies, with a tone of ridicule in his words."
The disciple here with all his positive qualities of strength and valour, is down on his knees, sorrowing and defeatist in attitude.
The Master's ridicule is always there to push the disciple to discriminate between the permanent and the impermanent. This posture of Arjuna sets the tone for the essence of the Bhagavad Gita, to follow in the verses of this chapter that describe the qualities of an enlightened being.
- Swahilya Shambhavi. (Picture: Lemont Temple of Greater Chicago.)