sukhinah ksatriyah partha
labhante yuddham idrsam
O Partha, happy are the ksatriyas to whom such ﬁghting opportunities come unsought, opening for them the doors of the heavenly planets.
As supreme teacher of the world, Lord Krsna condemns the attitude of Arjuna, who said, “I do not ﬁnd any good in this ﬁghting. It will cause perpetual habitation in hell.” Such statements by Arjuna were due to ignorance only. He wanted to become nonviolent in the discharge of his speciﬁc duty. For a ksatriya to be on the battleﬁeld and to become nonviolent is the philosophy of fools. In the Parasara-smrti, or religious codes made by Parasara, the great sage and father of Vyasadeva, it is stated:
ksatriyo hi praja raksan
ksitim dharmena palayet
“The ksatriya’s duty is to protect the citizens from all kinds of difﬁculties, and for that reason he has to apply violence in suitable cases for law and order. Therefore he has to conquer the soldiers of inimical kings, and thus, with religious principles, he should rule over the world.”
Considering all aspects, Arjuna had no reason to refrain from ﬁghting. If he should conquer his enemies, he would enjoy the kingdom; and if he should die in the battle, he would be elevated to the heavenly planets, whose doors were wide open to him. Fighting would be for his beneﬁt in either case.
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