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STEPHEN AND BALI

STEPHEN AND BALI

SB 1.7.28 P The Son of Drona Punished
TEXT 28

TEXT

na hy asyanyatamam kincid
astram pratyavakarsanam
jahy astra-teja unnaddham
astra-jno hy astra-tejasa

SYNONYMS

na--not; hi--certainly; asya--of it; anyatamam--other; kincit--anything; astram--weapon; prati--counter; avakarsanam--reactionary; jahi--subdue it; astra-tejah--the glare of this weapon; unnaddham--very powerful; astra-jnah--expert in military science; hi--as a matter of fact; astra-tejasa--by the influence of your weapon.

TRANSLATION

O Arjuna, only another brahmastra can counteract this weapon. Since you are expert in the military science, subdue this weapon's glare with the power of your own weapon.

PURPORT

For the atomic bombs there is no counterweapon to neutralize the effects. But by subtle science the action of a brahmastra can be counteracted, and those who were expert in the military science in those days could counteract the brahmastra. The son of Dronacarya did not know the art of counteracting the weapon, and therefore Arjuna was asked to counteract it by the power of his own weapon.

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