BG Text 2 Explanation

Hare Krsna

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

I have a doubt in the second verse of the Bhagavad Gita

Sanjaya said: O King, after looking over the army arranged in military formation by the sons of Pändu, King Duryodhana went to his teacher and spoke the following words.

Srila Prabhupada writes at the end of his purport

Although Duryodhana is mentioned as the king, he still had to go to the commander on account of the seriousness of the situation. He was therefore quite fit to be a politician.

I have been having difficulty in understanding what is the relationship between 'he still had to go to the commander on account of the seriousness of the situation' and 'He was therefore quite fit to be a politician.'

How can going to the commander imply being fit to be a politician?

I know i am missing something very obvious but i have just not been able to figure out this for a long time now.

It would be great help if any devotee can explain this very nicely. Also it would be nice if the explanation could be supplemented by some reference to Srila Prabhupadas words or other parts of the scriptures.


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  • Volunteer

    will this increase our devotion to Krishna?


    anyways Arnab Prabhu, please elaborate Your question nicely! What do want to know exactly? 

    Your servant,

    • Hare Krsna Mataji PAMHO AGTSP

      Anything concerned with Krishna increases our devotion to Krishna.

      One should indeed be interested even in the battles fought by Krishna.

      Unless we do so how will we understand that his greatness is all sided!?

      In Bhagavad Gita Krishna says that he is the gambling of the cheats.

      If we do not learn from Krishna how to deal with such people then they will cause further ruination to the civilization which is already not looking good.

    • Hare krsna mataji,
      All glories to Srila prabhupada

      My desire is to understand every word that Srila Prabhupada has written in the purports of Bhagavad Gita because every word is invaluable. By understanding I think I will be able to develop a strong faith and conviction in the words of Lord Sri Krsna. I am hopeful that this will help me improve my devotion.

      I wanted to know the reason as to why Duryodhan is called as an expert politician. But I did understand now ,as explained by Zola prabhu in the earlier conversation.
      I thank you for your concern for knowing my question more clearly.
      • Volunteer

        if so it is very nice.

        Duryodhana was called so because he was so. He was expert in politician and diplomacy. Because he was disciple of a perfect teacher also he was a kshatriya. Kshatriyas use politics in their duty.

        Your servant,

  • "To be a politician" means to be skillful at deviousness and flattery and using people for your own sense gratifiction. When Duryodhana went to Dronacarya, he went to flatter him. Remember, Dronacarya was beloved by the Pandava brothers and Duryodhana had reason to suspect Dronacarya would favor them in the battle. Duryodhana had to flatter Dronacarya to persuade him not to be lenient to the Pandavas.

    Duryodhana was student to Dronacarya, so the etiquette still had to be followed. Duryodhana could not offend the guru and had to pretend he wnated and needed his advice.

    At least that's my understanding.

  • Hare Krsna PAMHO AGTSP

    The military formation by the sons of Pandu was expertly arranged by Dhrstadyumna who was the intelligent disciple of Dronacharya.

    Text 3

    O my teacher, behold the great army of the sons of Pandu, so expertly arranged by your intelligent disciple the son of Drupada.


    Duryodhana, a great diplomat, wanted to point out the defects of Dronacharya, the great brahmana commander in chief. Dronacharya had some political  quarrel with King Drupada, the father of Draupadi, who was Arjuna's wife. As a result of this quarrel, Drupada performed a great sacrifice, by which he received the benediction of having a son who would be able to kill Dronacharya. Dronacharya knew this perfectly well, and yet as a liberal brahmana he did not hesitate to impart all his military secrets when the son of Drupada, Dhrstadyumna was entrusted to him for military education. Now, on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, Dhrstadyumna took the side of the Pandavas, and it was he who arranged for their military phalanx, after having learnt the art from Dronacharya.

    Now your question:How can going to the commander imply being fit to be a politician?

    Duryodhana was a great diplomat as mentioned and he simply wanted to point out the mistake of his commander Dronacharya in training Dhrstadyumna, so that he might be alert and uncompromising in the fighting and also that he should not be similarly lenient against the Pandavas who were also Dronacharya's affectionate students. Arjuna, especially, was his most affectionate and brilliant student. Duryodhana also warned that such leniency in the fight would lead to defeat.

    Since he could consider all this, Prabhupada rightly comments that he was therefore quite fit to be a politician.


    • Hare Krsna Zola

      Thank you for the explanation. 

      I was trying to understand the second verse without giving the next one a thought. Missing the obvious.

      • Hare krsna

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