Dhrta'rashtra' and Dhrta'Hari' - Part 6

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Dhrta-rashtra and Dhrta-Hari" wherein we were meditating on first 3 verses in 1st chapter of Bhagavad-Gita. Now we shall see further.

In verse 1.4 through 7 of Bhagavad Gita Duryodhana begins to list the names of the prominent warriors who were present on the side of Pandavas. In verse 1.7 of Gita Duryodhana says,

asmākaṁ tu viśiṣṭā ye tān nibodha dvijottama
nāyakā mama sainyasya saṁjñārthaṁ tān bravīmi te

But for your information, O best of the brāhmaṇas, let me tell you about the captains who are especially qualified to lead my military force.

While referring to the men in Kauravas army he says, "mama sainyasya" - "my military force". The shastras repeatedly insist us to be nirmama (not mine) and nirahankara (no false-ego) consciousness. The concept of aham and mama is detrimental to devotional service. But both father and son are in "aham", "mama" and "maamaka" consciousness. 

Those who are simple and honest in their dealings with others and surrendered to Krishna, they will be free of all fear and anxieties. They know that Krishna will take care in all situations. But when we are on the wrong path, we don't surrender to Krishna and we lose our own peace of mind and become restless and fearful. So, to get rid of that fear - we try to think of other alternate shelter.  All such alternate shelters - be it family, friends etc are all temporary. As Bhagavatam verse 2.1.4 says we falsely think that those fallible soldiers in the form of friends and relatives would save us in times of danger. Srila Prabhupada says in his purport to verse 2.1.4 - "Our friends, relatives and so-called wives and children are not only fallible, but also bewildered by the outward glamor of material existence. As such, they cannot save us. Still we think that we are safe within the orbit of family, society or country."

So here we find Duryodhana also is listing out all great warriors preset in his side, just to encourage himself and the army. He also wants to indirectly tell Bhisma, Drona, Krpa and Vikarna that they all should be loyal to him in the war and should not be lenient to the Pandavas.  

Lesson for us: 

1. Everything belongs to Krishna. We are only trustees in this world. So we can never claim anything as "mine". 
2. Hidden speech is not good. Need to be simple and straight forward in our dealings with others.
3. Krishna is our safest and eternal shelter. As our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswai says - "whatever shelter we take other than Krishna is bound to crumble in due course of time."
4. Diplomacy will lead to destruction.

Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva
Kalacakra Krsna das