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Chapter 1 'Arjun's Dilemma'

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Lamenting the Consequence of War

The scene is on the plains of Kuruksetra and with Arjun uncomfortable with the consequences of war. This chapter introduces the reasons behind the war, characters involved, warriors on both sides, Arjun’s dejection at having to fight against his own kith and kin and his fears of the sins that may be on him for doing so.

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धृतराष्ट्र उवाच

धर्मक्षेत्रे कुरुक्षेत्रे समवेता युयुत्सवः।

मामकाः पाण्डवाश्चैव किमकुर्वत संजय॥

॥१-१॥

Raja Dhritrashtra

"Tell me Sanjay of their deeds,

Of Kauravs, Pandavs - their feats,

What rages at their field of duty,

At Kurukshetra - visualize clearly."

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संजय उवाच

दृष्ट्वा तु पाण्डवानीकं व्यूढं दुर्योधनस्तदा।

आचार्यमुपसंगम्य राजा वचनमब्रवीत्॥

                                              ॥१-२॥

पश्यैतां पाण्डुपुत्राणामाचार्य महतीं चमूम्।

व्यूढां द्रुपदपुत्रेण तव शिष्येण धीमता॥

॥१-३॥

अत्र शूरा महेष्वासा भीमार्जुनसमा युधि।

युयुधानो विराटश्च द्रुपदश्च महारथः॥

॥१-४॥

धृष्टकेतुश्चेकितानः काशिराजश्च वीर्यवान्।

पुरुजित्कुन्तिभोजश्च शैब्यश्च नरपुङ्गवः॥

॥१-५॥

युधामन्युश्च विक्रान्त उत्तमौजाश्च वीर्यवान्।

सौभद्रो द्रौपदेयाश्च सर्व एव महारथाः॥

॥१-६॥

Sanjay

"Seeing the Pandavs' in battle array,

Duryodhan to Dronacharya says,

'Behold the mighty Pandav army,

Regimented by Dhrishtadyum clearly.'

'He your disciple but only does be,

With archers, warriors donning glory,

Like Bhim, Arjun, King of Kashi,

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