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DHRTARASTRA INQUIRES FROM SANJAYA ABOUT THE BATTLE

DHRTARASTRA INQUIRES FROM SANJAYA ABOUT THE BATTLE

OBSERVING THE ARMIES ON THE BATTLEFIELD OF KURUKSHETRA
1.1: DHRITARASHTRA SAID : O Samjaya, after assembling in the place of pilgrimage at Kurukshetra, what did my sons and the sons of Pandu do, being desirous to fight?
PURPORT
THE BHAGAVAD GITA is the widely read theistic science summarized in The Gita Mahatma (Glorification of the Gita). There it says that one should read The Bhagavad Gita very scrutinizingly with the help of a person who is a devotee of Sri Krishna, and try to understand it without personally motivated interpretations. The example of clear understanding is in The Bhagavad Gita Itself, in the way the teaching is understood by Arjuna, who heard The Gita directly from the Lord. If somebody is fortunate enough to understand The Bhagavad Gita in that line of disciplic succession, without motivated interpretation, then he surpasses all studies of Vedic wisdom and all scriptures of the world. One will find in The Bhagavad Gita all that is contained in other scriptures, but the reader will also find things which are not to be found elsewhere. That is the specific standard of The Gita. It is the perfect theistic science because it is directly spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.
The topics discussed by Dhritarashtra and Samjaya, as described in The Mahabharata, form the basic principle of this great philosophy. It is understood that this philosophy evolved on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra, which is a sacred place of pilgrimage from the immemorial time of the Vedic age. It was spoken by the Lord when He was present Personally on this planet for the guidance of Mankind.
The word Dharmakshetre (a place where religious rituals are performed) is significant because, on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra, the Supreme Personality of Godhead was present on the side of Arjuna. Dhritarashtra, the father of Arjuna's enemies, the Kurus, was highly doubtful about the ultimate victory of his sons. In his doubt, he inquired from his secretary Samjaya, "What did my sons and the sons of Pandu do?" He was confident that both his sons and the sons of his younger brother Pandu were assembled in that Field of Kurukshetra for a determined engagement of the war. Still, his inquiry is very significant. He did not want a compromise between the cousin-brothers, and he wanted to be sure of the fate of his sons on the battlefield. Because it was arranged to be fought in the place of pilgrimage, Kurukshetra, which is mentioned elsewhere in the Vedas as a place of worship-even for the denizens of Heaven-Dhritarashtra became very fearful about the influence of the holy ground on the outcome of the battle. Dhritarashtra knew very well that this would influence Arjuna and the sons of Pandu favorably, because by nature they were all virtuous. Samjaya was a student of the sage Vyasa, and therefore, by the mercy of Vyasa, Samjaya was able to envision the Battlefield of Kurukshetra even while he was in the room of Dhritarashtra.
Both the Pandavas and the sons of Dhritarashtra belong to the same family, but Dhritarashtra's mind is disclosed herein. He deliberately claimed only his sons as Kurus and he separated the sons of Pandu from the family heritage. One can thus understand the specific position of Dhritarashtra in relationship with his nephews, the sons of Pandu. As in the paddy field the unnecessary plants are taken out and real paddy plants are shoved in, so it is expected from the very beginning of these topics that, in the religious field of Kurukshetra where the Father of religion, Sri Krishna, was present, the unwanted plants, Dhritarashtra's son Duryodhana and others, would be wiped out and the thoroughly religious persons, headed by Yudhisthira, would be established by the Lord. That is the significance of the Sanskrit words Dharmakshetre and Kurukshetre, apart from their usual historical and Vedic importance.

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