धृतराष्ट्र उवाच |
धर्मक्षेत्रे कुरुक्षेत्रे समवेता युयुत्सवः |
मामकाः पाण्डवाश्चैव किमकुर्वत सञ्जय ||1.1||

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What did the sons of Pandu & also my people do when, desirous to fight, they assembled together on the holy plain of Kurukshetra?

Perspective & understanding:

The first section of Holy Geeta elaborates on Karm Yog where we understand that how action performed for the greater good, with right attitude of surrender leads to vasana purgation, hence paving the way for our liberation.

In this verse we clearly see that actions performed under the influence of attachments, being driven by mind lead to our bondage & destruction.

Blind old king Dhritrashtra due to attachment for his sons lets the war happen whereas he was the only person there who could have stopped this fratricidal war, this situation demonstrates that when our mind is deluded by attachment ( blinded ), is not under the influence of our Intellect which reflects divinity & suggests the path of righteousness, we go on a wrong trajectory and cause our self-destruction.

Dr. Virendra Sobti
Delhi (NCR)

The above verse from the karm yog section of Srimad Bhagwad Geeta, is so much applicable with respect to our thought process and ultimately to our actions. The crux of all the worldly fights is hidden in the two words from this verse…’mamakah, pandavas chaiva’, “My people” and “Pandu’s sons”. While leading our daily lives we all get so attached to me and mine, to our likes and dislikes, that we get blinded towards our attachments and fail to conduct righteous behaviour.

Smt. Sumedha
Aurangabad (Maharashtra)