0108-RG–Vishada Yoga 1.8, 1.9, 1.10

Verse 1.8

Bhavaan bheeshmashcha karnashcha

kripashcha samitinjayah;

Ashwatthaamaa vikarnashcha

saumadattis tathaiva cha.


“Thyself and Bheeshma, and Karna and Kripa, the victorious in war; Asvatthama, Vikarna

and Jayadratha, the son of Somadatta

Verse 1.9

Anye cha bahavah shooraa

madarthe tyaktajeevitaah;


sarve yuddhavishaaradaah.


“And also many other heroes who have given up their lives for my sake, armed with

various weapons and missiles, all well skilled in battle.

Verse 1.10

Aparyaaptam tad asmaakam

balam bheeshmaabhirakshitam;

Paryaaptam twidam eteshaam

 balam bheemaabhirakshitam.


“This army of ours marshaled by Bheeshma is immeasurable in strength, whereas their

army,marshaled by Bhima, is small and limited.

RG Purport: Duryodhana wanted to feel good and confident by trying to point to his guru the positives of his army and thereby demeaning the forces of Pandavas. Duryodhana owing to his lowly nature was most insecure. The one who is outward focused towards the world and its ephemeral nature is naturally fearful of defeat and death. Such a person is not in contact with the immutable spirit. Duryodhana is a typical example of such a being. Duryodhana naming the warriors from his rank like Bheeshma, Karna, Kripa, Asvatthama and the like wanted to give an argument that he had warriors who have never tasted defeat. However what Duryodhana failed to understand was that these warriors themselves were bound by only a sense of duty towards the kingly throne and nothing else. The fear of blatant defeat was looming large on their faces because each one knew that they were on the side of Adharma whereas Dharma was on the side of the Pandavas and Dharma personified, Sri Krishna marshaled the army of the Pandavas. Duryodhana also made comments on his followers that they were ready to lay their lives for Duryodhana; however this statement was uttered out of fear of the obvious. Bheeshma had command over his death and would die only if he wished to. He was the army chief of the Kauravas. This was a point of solace for Duryodhana. Duryodhana on the other hand feared Bheema although he was boastful of his superiority over Bheema. Bheema was under the protection of the Supreme Lord which was a point of concern for Duryodhana. Duryodhana wryly commented that the limited forces under Bheema were no match for unlimited armed personnel led by Bheeshma.

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