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"O MY TEACHER, BEHOLD THE GREAT ARMY OF THE SONS OF PANDU"

"O MY TEACHER, BEHOLD THE GREAT ARMY OF THE SONS OF PANDU"

1.3: O my teacher, behold the great military phalanx of the sons of Pandu, so expertly arranged by your disciple, the son of Drupada.
PURPORT
DURYODHANA, a great diplomat, wanted to point out the defects in Dronacharya, the great Brahmin commander in chief. Dronacharya had had some political quarrel with King Drupada, the father of Droupadi, who was Arjuna's wife. As a result of this quarrel Drupada had performed a great sacrifice, by which he received the benediction of having a son who would be able to kill Dronacharya. Dronacharya knew this perfectly well and yet, as a liberal Brahmin, he did not hesitate to impart all his military secrets when the son of Drupada, Dhristadumnya, was entrusted to him for military education. Now, on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra, Dhristadumnya took the side of the Pandavas, and it was he who arranged their military phalanx, after having learned the art from Dronacharya. Duryodhana pointed out this mistake of Dronacharya so that he might be alert in the fighting. By this he wanted to point out also that he should not be lenient in fighting with the Pandavas, who were also his affectionate students. Arjuna, especially, was his most affectionate and brilliant student. He also warned that leniency in the fight with the other party would create havoc for themselves.

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