0105-RG–Vishada Yoga 1.5, 1.6, 1.7

Dhrishtaketush chekitaanah

 kaashiraajashcha veeryavaan;

Purujit kuntibhojashcha

shaibyashcha narapungavah.


“Dhrishtaketu, Chekitana and the valiant king of Kasi, Purujit, and Kuntibhoja and Saibya,

the best of men,

RG Purport: Duryodhana continues to name the warriors siding the Pandavas. Duryodhana represents the natural modern thought which is divisive in nature. Duryodhana envy personified and openly displayed his hatred for the Pandavas. The Pandavas were drawn to the battlefield by the vile misdemeanor of Duryodhana. Duryodhana’s intelligence was clouded by the misleading and destructive counsel of Shakuni.

Verse 1.6

Yudhaamanyushcha vikraanta

uttamaujaashcha veeryavaan;

Saubhadro draupadeyaashcha

 sarva eva mahaarathah.


“The strong Yudhamanyu and the brave Uttamaujas, the son of Subhadra (Abhimanyu,

the son of Arjuna), and the sons of Draupadi, all of great chariots (great heroes).

RG Purport: Duryodhana then continues to name the next generation of warriors in the Pandava rank namely the sons of Subhadra, the sons of Draupadi and the relatives of Draupadi who were the bodyguards of Arjuna. Duryodhana thus takes a serious note of the ranks of the Pandavas and thus estimating the force of the Pandavas.

Verse 1.7

Asmaakam tu vishishtaa ye

 taan nibodha dwijottama;

Naayakaah mama sainyasya

samjnaartham taan braveemi te.


“Know also, O best among the twice-born, the names of those who are the most distinguished amongst ourselves, the leaders of my army! These I name to thee for thy information.

RG Purport: Duryodhana picks at Dronacarya as a brahmanas (twice-born). Brahmanas are usually kind and soft by demeanor owing to their Sattvika life-style and their connection with the profession of distributing knowledge. The qualities of Duryodhana were opposed to the Sattvika mode and although Duryodhana appreciated the war skills of Drona, he never trusted Drona considering the fact that like Bheeshma even Drona was bitten by the snake called “Dharma” or right action. Drona and Bheeshma went against their conscience as they battled in favor of Duryodhana because they drew a salary from the Kuru’s. Their heart was with the Pandavas while their arms were with Duryodhana

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