yadi mam apratikaram
dhartarastra rane hanyus
tan me ksema-taram bhavet
Better for me if the sons of Dhrtarastra, weapons in hand, were to kill me unarmed and unresisting on the battleﬁeld.
It is the custom – according to ksatriya ﬁghting principles – that an unarmed and unwilling foe should not be attacked. Arjuna, however, decided that even if attacked by the enemy in such an awkward position, he would not ﬁght. He did not consider how much the other party was bent upon ﬁghting. All these symptoms are due to soft-heartedness resulting from his being a great devotee of the Lord.
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