Chapter 1 Verse 1

Dhṛtarāṣṭra said: O Sanjaya, after assembling in the place of pilgrimage at Kurukṣetra, what did my sons and the sons of Pāṇḍu do, being desirous to fight?

In the first verse, Dhritarastra is asking Sanjaya about the scene on the battlefield.

Dhritarastra is blind – what does this indicate? He is not only physically blind wherein he cannot see anyone but he is blind to the faults of his sons. He prefers to ignore their mistakes and that is what makes him blind.

Sanjaya on the other hand who is sitting in a room can see the battlefield with his extra vision (a boon given to him by sage Vyasa). What does this mean? How can he see something happening far away? It is the inner vision that we all have. Sanjaya has that power and so, can not only see but also hear the dialogue between Arjuna and Lord Krishna.

Dhritarastra is insecure as deep within he knows his sons are on the wrong path and have done incorrect deeds. He is fearful as the battle is happening on the holy land of Kurukshetra. He knows that at such a pious place only the pure would have a chance to win. He knows that the sons of Pandu- Pandavas are virtuous by nature and also they have Lord Krishna on their side.

The inner conflict created by fear is troubling Dhritarastra and making him more insecure, fearful and desperate to know what is happening out there.

How do we relate this to our life?
Are we insecure or fearful? If so why? Have we closed our eyes and been blind to our own negatives?
Don’t we have the power like Sanjaya? Do we have Lord Krishna by our side?


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