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KRSNA AND ARJUNA IN THE MIDST OF TWO ARMIES

KRSNA AND ARJUNA IN THE MIDST OF TWO ARMIES

1.21-22: O my Lord, he then spoke to Hrishikesha these words: O Infallible One, please place my chariot between the two armies so that I may see who is present here, who is desirous of fighting, and with whom I must fight in this great trial of arms.
PURPORT
ALTHOUGH LORD KRISHNA is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, out of His causeless mercy He was engaged in the service of His friend. He never fails in His affection for His devotees, and thus He is addressed herein as the Infallible. As Charioteer, He had to carry out the orders of Arjuna. Since He did not hesitate to do so, He is addressed as the Infallible. Although He had accepted the position of a Charioteer to His devotee, there was no chance of His Supreme position being challenged. In all circumstances, He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hrishikesha, the Lord of the Total Senses. The relationship between the Lord and His servitor is very sweet and transcendental. The servitor is always ready to render a service to the Lord and, similarly, the Lord is always seeking an opportunity to render some service to the devotee. He takes greater pleasure in His pure devotee assuming the advantageous position of ordering Him than He does in being the Giver of orders. As Master, everyone is under His orders and no one is above Him to order Him. But when he finds that a pure devotee is ordering Him, He obtains transcendental pleasure.
As a pure devotee of the Lord, Arjuna had no desire to fight with his cousin-brothers, but he was forced to come onto the battlefield by the obstinacy of Duryodhana, who was never agreeable to any terms of peaceful negotiation. Therefore, he was very anxious to see who the leading persons present on the battlefield were. Although there was no question of a peacemaking endeavor, he wanted to see them again, and to see how much they were bent upon demanding an unwanted war.

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