Chapter 1 Verses 4,5,6,7,8

Duryodhana mentions that the enemy team has warriors equal to Bhima and Arjuna.

He knows that these two are the strongest and also that there are many more similar warriors in the team.

He mentions their names – also though Dhrstadyumna has arranged the formation of the army in a unique technique (phalanx), by himself he is not an important obstacle as Dronacharya had great power in military art.
Here Duryodhana is comparing the strength of Arjuna and Bhima because he is afraid of their prowess. He continues mentioning individual names of the warriors equal to the above two.
Verse 7-8 – He then counteracts his Guru Drona by praising the worth of his own army. He is very diplomatic and carefully mentions the name of his Guru first.
Then he mentions Bhishma and then Karna and so on. He praises all saying all have been victorious always.
After mentioning the details of the opposite team Duryodhana measures the strength of his team and very smartly praises his Guru and the rest of the important warriors in the right order.

Duryodhana clearly is a political thinker and is playing his cards right. First he shows the strength of the enemy team to his Guru – indirectly mentioning not to be biased. Next he appraises and praises the strength of his own army wherein he cleverly mentions the name of Dronacharya first as he knows that without his Guru he had no hope of fighting the battle.

Here again his weakness is highlighted as he constantly compares all the efficient warriors and tries to console himself that his army is no less. The insecurity and fear has brought about this weakness in him where to cover his fear he boasts about his army.

Fear is such that we generally never accept and tend to cover it with something or the other. We suppress it or try to ignore it in order to escape from it. But the more we do that the more we breed fear. We cannot run away from fear, we cannot escape from it or ignore it.

Duryodhana is not afraid of the battle …he fears losing in the battle. He is not afraid to fight as he is a great warrior himself.
Yet he is afraid of being killed at the hands of Bhima who has vowed to do so. With so many fears lurking within him, he covers it up (suppresses) by analyzing his army and the enemy team. Though he is political by nature, the fear is eminent in him and the more he suppresses it the more it will grow within.

How do we relate to the above verses?
Do we hide our fear by measuring our self with others?
Or our possessions with that of others’? Are we afraid of death, illness or losing someone or something?
Are we afraid that we will not meet up to our own expectations or meet up to other people’s expectations. Do we have the fear of not receiving love?
Or are our fears based on some unforeseen forces?
Fear of not reaching the spiritual summit?
Fear of losing the battle (within the self to attain self-realization)?
Let us analyse and introspect. 
Observe yourself…your actions and your thoughts.

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