Chapter 2b: The Yoga of Analytic Knowledge

On the results of labor (2.39-2.72)

(39) ' All this I described to you was about the analytical study of the intelligence in yoga, but listen now how dovetailed with that intelligence, o son of Pritha, you can be released from the bondage of fruitive labor [karma].

(40) Endeavoring in it, there will never be loss or diminution and a little effort with it frees one from the greatest danger.

(41) Those with a strong resolve to the soul are one in intelligence, o child of the Kurus, while those who are not of that determination have an intelligence which indeed is endlessly branched.

(42-43) All these flowery words are [also] used by men with little knowledge who are followers of the Vedas and , o son of Pritha, proclaim that there is nothing else to it. With their hearts full of desire they aim at higher spheres, a good birth and the grace of results by various pompous ceremonies to please their senses and to progress towards opulence.

Chapter 2a: The Yoga of Analytic Knowledge

On the knowledge of the soul (2.1-2.38)

(1) Sanjaya said: "Unto him, Arjuna, who was thus overwhelmed by compassion, having his eyes full of tears and lamenting, Madhusudana [Krishna is called as madhusoodanan as the killer of Madhu] spoke the following words:

(2) The Supreme Lord said: 'Wherefrom came this impurity of lamentation at this hour of crisis? This practice of the uncivilized that does not lead to a better world, is the cause of infamy, o Arjuna.

(3) Do not take to this impotence, o son of Pritha, this pettiness and weakness of the heart does not befit you- give it up and stand up, o chastiser of the enemy!'

(4) Arjuna said: 'How can I counterattack Bhishma and Drona with arrows in the fight, o Madhusudana - they are worthy of worship. o killer of the enemies!

(5) Even begging in this life on the planet is certainly better than to kill those superior great souls, even though those teachers desire worldly gain - surely our enjoying the pleasures of life will be tainted with blood!

Chapter 1: The Yoga of Dejection

On the confrontation with the necessity to fight

(1) In B.C 3102, the blind uncle of Pandavas called Dhritarashthra said: "At Kurukshetra, a place of pilgrimage, my party and the pandavas, the sons of Pandu, assembled desiring to fight. O Sanjaya What did they do?"

(2) Sanjaya said: "After seeing the line up of the soldiers of the Pandavas, king Duryodhana, the eldest of the kauravas, at that time approached his teacher, Dronacarya, and said:

(3) Just see the sons of Pandu, brother of Dhritarashthra and the father of the Pandavas, O teacher, arranged as a great military force by the son of Drupada, who is the father in law of Arjuna, Dhristadyumna,your intelligent disciple.

(4) There are heroes and mighty bowmen equal in the fight to Bhima and Arjuna, like Yuyudhana and Virata as also Drupada himself, who is also a great warrior.

(5) Dhrishthaketu, Cekitana, Kasiraja, and also the very powerful Purujit, Kuntibhoja and Saibya are there, who are all great heroes in human society.