Part 7: Krishna I See Death Forces All About Me



(Krishna and Arjuna on the battlefield.)

ARJUNA: Krishna, I have to fight now. I have to conquer my enemies. But Krishna, now that I am in the battlefield, I am nervous. You know I have never suffered from nervousness before.

(Arjuna sings.)

Sidanti mama gatrani

Mukham ca parisusyati

Vepathus ca sarire me

Romaharsas ca jayate

[My limbs give way and my mouth is parched, my body quivers, and my hair stands on end.]

KRISHNA: Arjuna, you must never be nervous. This kind of thing I do not expect from you. You are a great hero, Arjuna. You must not be nervous.

ARJUNA: Krishna, please tell me what you actually want from my life. What do you expect from my life? Please tell me. What do you want from me? I am all yours.

KRISHNA: Don’t be nervous. I have told you that you are the hero of heroes, the supreme hero. You have to fight. Fight for the right cause. I shall tell you all about the inner life, the spiritual life, the life of perfection, inner and outer. First I shall teach you the life of realisation and revelation. Then I shall teach you the life of perfection.

ARJUNA: Krishna, you came into the world with a special purpose, I know. But please tell me, what is that purpose? I want to know from you.

(Krishna sings.)

Yada-hada hi dharmasya

Glanir bhavati bharata

Abhyutthanam adharmasya

Tada ‘tmanam srjamy aham

Paritranaya sadhunam

Vinasaya ca duskrtam


Sambhavami yuge-yuge

[O Arjuna, whenever righteousness declines and unrighteouness prevails, Myself I embody and manifest. For the protection of the good and for the destruction of the wicked, and for the establishment of the inner code of life, I come into being from age to age.]