SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
ity ahaṁ vāsudevasya
pārthasya ca mahātmanaḥ
saṁvādam imam aśrauṣam
Sañjaya (now) addressed Dhṛitarāshtra who had questioned him as to what his own sons (the Kauravas) and the Pāṇḍavas were going to enact in the (impending) war:
‘Thus did I hear the discourse between Vāsudeva and the highly wise Pārtha, so wondrous as to set the hairs athrill.’
Vāsudeva = The son of Vasudeva (showing how the Divine condescends to man hiding Its Divinity by the very mask of humility and fleshly form to which mankind is accustomed).
Pārtha = (Arjuna), the son of His(Vāsudeva’s) paternal aunt (implying how dearly the Divine loves all its creation.)
Mahātma = (Lit: Great-Souled): is adjectival to Arjuna meaning, ‘one who is eminently wise,’ inasmuch as he has betaken himself to His (Vāsudeva’s) Foot-Pair as his Rest.
Thus did I hear, etc = I gathered this conversation —so wondrous as to set the hairs athrill— just as it passed (between the interlocutors).
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