2.3 klaibyaṁ mā sma gamaḥ pārtha (Original)

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Chapter 2

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klaibyaṁ mā sma gamaḥ pārtha
naitat tvayy upapadyate
kṣudraṁ hṛdaya-daurbalyaṁ
tyaktvottiṣṭha paran-tapa

‘Get thou not unnerved, Pārtha1! It does not become thee. Weakness of heart is undignified. Hence, Parantapa2! Shake it off and rouse thyself up.’

Śri Bhagavān3 deprecates the ill-timed despondency of Arjuna, and counsels him to shake it off, and stand up for battle inasmuch as his is a sadness which is felt out of place; (a sadness) uncountenanced by wise men; (a sadness) antagonistic to higher-world interests; (a sadness) inglorious and ignoble; and (a sadness) which can only spring from a faint heart.

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  1. Arjuna …
  2. Epithetic for Arjuna, signifying ‘the foe-harasser’.
  3. Epithetic for God. (From intro to Chapter 1: Bhagavān is He Who has the 6 chief attributes, described earlier in this Proem. Vide Vishṇu Purāṇa VI-5, 79: ‘Jñana-śakti-balaiśvarya-vīrya-tejāmsy-aśeshataḥ‘, etc.); also read Vish: Pur: VI-73 to 79. ‘Bha‘ implies the Cherisher and Supporter of the Universe, ‘Ga‘ implies, the Leader, Impeller or Creator. ‘Bhaga‘ indicates the six properties, dominion, might, glory, splendour, wisdom and dispassion. ‘Va‘ implies that the Spirit dwells in all, and all dwells in It.

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