Understanding Gita 10

Second episode/adhyaya – Sankhya yoga


tam uvāca hṛṣīkeśa

prahasann iva bhārata

senayor ubhayor madhye

viīdantam ida vaca


tamunto him; uvācasaid; hṛṣīkeśathe master of the senses, Kṛṣṇa; prahasansmiling; ivalike that; bhārataO Dhtarāṣṭra, descendant of Bharata; senayoof the armies; ubhayoof both parties; madhyebetween; viīdantamunto the lamenting one; idamthe following; vacawords.

Above text and translation is from – “http://prabhupadabooks.com/bg”

O Dhritharashtra, in the middle of both the armies, unto the lamenting Arjuna, Hrishikesha(Krishna), with a smile on his face, spoke the following words.

Looking at the grief-stricken Arjuna, in the middle of both armies, Sri Krishna says the following with a smile on his face. Point to note here is that Sri Krishna is smiling. Is it the smile of compassion? of an undisturbed mind? of all-knowing-ness? mockery?

What does “the middle of both armies” signify here – the side of good and bad, and Arjuna is finding it difficult to choose between the two. Or, does this mean that The Lord spoke Gita to both the good and bad parties?..  not sure.

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