2.33 atha cet tvam imaṁ dharmyaṁ (Original)

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Chapter 2

<< Chapter 2 verse 32


atha cet tvam imaṁ dharmyaṁ
saṅgrāmaṁ na kariṣyasi
tataḥ sva-dharmaṁ kīrtiṁ ca
hitvā pāpam avāpsyasi

‘If thou wouldst not engage in this righteous war, thou shouldst then be sacrificing thy duty and fame, incurring also sin.’

If through blind sentiment or ignorance, thou shouldst fail to perform duties incumbent on a Kshatriya, viz., the prosecution of this impending contest, thou shouldst then have not only to forego the most excellent reward that would accrue to thee on the due performance of one’s own bounden duty, but shouldst also have to stake the reputation depending on victory; and instead, thou shouldst have to contract great sin.

>> Chapter 2 verse 34

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