The Bhagavad Gita Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is Arjuna's first command to Sri Krishna?

Arjuna commands Krishna to drive his chariot between the two armies. Arjuna wishes to see the men who want to fight with him.

2. Who does Arjuna see lined up to fight? What is his reaction?

Arjuna sees his own relations lined up to fight. He is in physical distress. His mouth is dry, he cannot stand, his skin burns and his mind whirls.

3. Why does Arjuna suggest he could receive no satisfaction from killing Dhritarastra's sons?

Arjuna says he and his army would become sinners by killing them even if they are evil. Arjuna asks Krishna how he might gain happiness by killing his family.

4. What does Arjuna say would be better than killing Dhritarashtra's sons?

Arjuna says it would be better for him if the sons of Dhritarashtra, weapons in hand, attacked and killed him while unarmed and unresisting.

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