The Pandava and the Kaurava
armies faced each other on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Lakhs of soldiers were there
and with them were elephants and horses. Bhishma, Drona, Ashwatthama, Karna, Dusshasana
and such other great warriors were on the side of Duryodhana.
In the other camp were, Drupada, Virata, Abhimanyu and other mighty warriors. The
entire might of Bharata (India) was assembled there All was ready for a grim blood bath.
Krishna became Arjuna's Charioteer He held the reins of the fortunes of the Pandavas in
his hands, did he not?
On the first day of the war Krishna drove the chariot between the two armies. Arjuna
saw his grandfather, his teacher, his friends and relatives in the Kaurava army. And he
thought, 'Should I kill all these just to gain the kingdom? He sank into his seat. He
perspired, His famous bow, the Gandeeva, slipped from his hands. "No, Krishna, let us
not fight," he said, "Bhishma is my grandfather. Drona is my revered Guru.
Ashwatthama is my good friend. How can I kill them ? And what do I gain by killing
Krishna said, "Arjuna, such words are not worthy of a hero like you. Your duty is
to fight. Those who have joined the forces against justice and righteousness have to
perish. The good must be protected. Attachment to friends and relatives should not come in
the way of your duty."
It was then that Krishna preached the Bhagavadgeetha, consisting of eighteen chapters.
"Man must do his duty. Do not think of the fruits, the results. 'These are mine,
those are not mine' -do not have such thoughts. A wise man treats all alike. Anger and
desire dull your intelligence. Accept pain and pleasure in the same way. A man must
understand and do what is right. Everyone that is born must die. Justice is more important
than human beings. Partha, give up this base faint-heartedness, arise and do your
duty." Thus the teacher of the Geetha guided Arjuna.
Even today the Geetha is a light to all mankind. It has been translated into many
languages. People of man, lands study it and seek to gain peace of mind by following its
Arjuna's mind grew clear. The zest to fight returned to him. He picked up the Gandeeva.