Bhagavad Gita

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita: Arjuna Vishada Yogam: Chapter 1: Verse 2


A Glimpse of Leadership, Arrogance & Best Communication Skills

सञ्जय उवाच ।
दृष्ट्वा तु पाण्डवानीकं व्यूढं दुर्योधनस्तदा ।
आचार्यमुपसङ्गम्य राजा वचनमब्रवीत् ।। 1.2।।

Sañjaya uvācha
dṛiṣhṭvā tu pāṇḍavānīkaṁ vyūḍhaṁ duryodhanastadā
āchāryamupasaṅgamya rājā vachanamabravīt

Shloka Translation

BG 1.2: Sanjaya said: When King Duryodhana saw the Pandava army in military formation; he approached his teacher Dronacharya and spoke the following words.


Duryodhana was Dhritarashtra’s son and the Mahabharata war’s Kaurava army commander. Duryodhana approached his teacher Dronacharya for a reason. He became terrified when he observed the Pandavas’ military formation. When most individuals are worried, they turn to someone higher up; therefore he sought advice from his teacher. Dronacharya taught both the Pandavas and the Kauravas and had equal affection for them. Duryodhana also understood that he needed to check in with Dronacharya to understand his state of mind, as he relied on Dronacharya’s skill to win this war.

Verse & What We Can Learn?

1. Arrogance towards Guru Leads to self-destruction.
2. Success is guaranteed in teamwork when everyone has the same goal and vision.
3. Skill in communication enables one to convey anything to anyone in a pleasing manner (a pill with a sweet coating).

In the next verse, we will see how Duryodhana speaks to Dronacharya to change his thinking towards Pandavas.

Let’s learn to live with “The Gita” via Meditation Affinity…

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