тасмн нрх вайа ханту
сва-джана хи катха хатв
сукхина сйма мдхава
ппам — грех; эва — безусловно; райет — ляжет; асмн — на нас; хатв — убив; этн — этих; татйина — напавших на нас; тасмт — поэтому; на — не; арх — должны; вайам — мы; хантум — убивать; дхртаршрн — сыновей Дхритараштры; са-бндхавн — и наших друзей; сва-джанам — родню; хи — конечно; катхам — как; хатв — убив; сукхина — счастливые; сйма — станем; мдхава — о Кришна, супруг богини удачи.
Убив тех, кто грозит нам сейчас войной, мы покроем себя грехом. Поэтому нам нельзя убивать сыновей Дхритараштры и своих друзей. Чего мы добьемся этим, о Кришна, супруг богини удачи? Как может смерть родственников принести нам счастье?
According to Vedic injunctions there are six kinds of aggressors: (1) a poison giver, (2) one who sets ﬁre to the house, (3) one who attacks with deadly weapons, (4) one who plunders riches, (5) one who occupies another’s land, and (6) one who kidnaps a wife. Such aggressors are at once to be killed, and no sin is incurred by killing such aggressors. Such killing of aggressors is quite beﬁtting any ordinary man, but Arjuna was not an ordinary person. He was saintly by character, and therefore he wanted to deal with them in saintliness. This kind of saintliness, however, is not for a kṣatriya. Although a responsible man in the administration of a state is required to be saintly, he should not be cowardly. For example, Lord Rāma was so saintly that people even now are anxious to live in the kingdom of Lord Rāma (rāma-rājya), but Lord Rāma never showed any cowardice. Rāvaṇa was an aggressor against Rāma because Rāvaṇa kidnapped Rāma’s wife, Sītā, but Lord Rāma gave him sufﬁcient lessons, unparalleled in the history of the world. In Arjuna’s case, however, one should consider the special type of aggressors, namely his own grandfather, own teacher, friends, sons, grandsons, etc. Because of them, Arjuna thought that he should not take the severe steps necessary against ordinary aggressors. Besides that, saintly persons are advised to forgive. Such injunctions for saintly persons are more important than any political emergency. Arjuna considered that rather than kill his own kinsmen for political reasons, it would be better to forgive them on grounds of religion and saintly behavior. He did not, therefore, consider such killing proﬁtable simply for the matter of temporary bodily happiness. After all, kingdoms and pleasures derived therefrom are not permanent, so why should he risk his life and eternal salvation by killing his own kinsmen? Arjuna’s addressing of Kṛṣṇa as “Mādhava,” or the husband of the goddess of fortune, is also signiﬁcant in this connection. He wanted to point out to Kṛṣṇa that, as the husband of the goddess of fortune, He should not induce Arjuna to take up a matter which would ultimately bring about misfortune. Kṛṣṇa, however, never brings misfortune to anyone, to say nothing of His devotees.