Reflections on The Gita – Chapter 1, Verse 5

This is an ongoing series on my reflections on The Bhagavad Gita. I will post 2-5 posts a week, each post talking about 1 verse. You can find links for the entire series here.

Chapter 1 – Arjun Viṣhād Yog (अर्जुन विषाद योग) – Lamenting the Consequence of War – Verse 5

This post talks about the fifth verse of the first chapter.

Verse:

धृष्टकेतुश्चेकितान: काशिराजश्च वीर्यवान् |

पुरुजित्कुन्तिभोजश्च शैब्यश्च नरपुङ्गव: || 5||

Translation:

Dhrishtaketu, Chekitan, the brave king of Kashi, Purujita, Kuntibhoja, and Shaibya, are some of the noblest of men

Reflection:

Duryodhana continued enumerating the powerful warriors present in the Pandava’s army to his teacher Dronacharya. In the last verse, Duryodhana talked about Yuyudhana, King Virata and Drupada.

In this verse, Duryodhana talked about Dhrishtaketu, Chekitan, Purujita, Kuntibhoja, and Shaibya and called them some of the best warriors.

The fact that Duryodhana is carefully considering the people present and ready to fight from the Pandava’s side shows his anxiety in a subtle manner.

Manuscript of Bhagavad Gita copied on paper c. 1800 CE | Written in classical Sanskrit on paper, Devanagari script.

Image Credits – Ms Sarah Welch, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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