(THE COMPLETE YOGA SASTRA)
kripayaa parayaavishto visheedannidamabraveet ||
Seedanti mama gaatraani mukham cha parisushyathi ||
At whom was Arjuna looking now? He was looking at His beloved Gurus, brothers, sons, grandsons, Grand fathers and so on - all of whom were very dear to him before this war. It was just fate that brought them all into this war. Even their being on Kaurava's side or Pandava's side was not out of love or Hatred, but just destiny. Arjuna knew this well.
The very thought of their getting killed in this war was unpalatable and unacceptable to his mind now.
What mind feels, it conveys to the body automatically.
Therefore, Arjuna's mouth was parching up in sheer moroseness and sorrow. His body parts were not co-operating with him now ; Could his hands handle the Bow and arrows now? Could his mind get ready to release arrows the way people knew him to be capable of? No way.
Arjuna was called Savyasachi - one who could release his arrows effortlessly with both hands. His left hand was as swift and accurate as his right hand. But now, both his hands were refusing to cooperate to handle the Bow and arrows.His legs were infirm and not having the strength to stand up for the war. Arjuna was deep in pensive and sorrowful mood now. This is Vishaada, the sorrowful state.
Krishna means - one who is a combination of existence and Bliss. He signifies all the existence and all the Bliss in himself. Thus, he is the very definition of Brahman, the supreme.
Arjuna means - a person who is shining like silver - and taintless in body and mind. Ayurveda says that the bark of Arjuna tree strengthens the heart and the circulatory system. Arjuna is thus taintless and strong at heart.
But such an Arjuna is now weak, looking at "svajanam" - or "my own people", in the war-field.
As the reader might remember - the same "my own people" syndrome was affecting Dhritaraashtra also - and that was the starting point of the Bhagavad Gita .
Gaandeevam sramsathe hastaathtvakchaiva paridahyathe |
Arjuna was describing his physical and mental state to Lord Krishna. His body was trembling and his skin was burning from head to foot. The hair all over his body was standing on edge. And, his Divine Bow, Gaandeevam was slipping away from his hands - due to the weakness that has enveloped his Body and Mind.
Gaandeevam had an illustrious history - before it was gifted to Arjuna.