Arjuna Arrests Ashvattama

Then, with angry eyes burning like fiery copper, Arjuna deftly arrested the dangerous son of Gautama and bound him in ropes like an animal. When he began to drag his enemy back to the camp, the All-Attractive spoke with anger flashing in the glance of his lotus-like eyes:

Pārtha! This is not at all right! Don’t spare this so-called brahmin! Kill him!!! He killed your faultless children while they dreamt at night!

A moral person does not kill an enemy who is frightened, without weapons, begging for mercy, ignorant of their mistake, ridiculous, intoxicated, unaware, asleep, a youth, or a woman. He killed your children who were unarmed, and unconscious in deep sleep! He does not deserve any measure of pardon!!

By releasing a terrible weapon that he could not control he also threatened the lives of thousands, just to save his own. He is shamelessly and persistently wicked! Death is good for such people; otherwise their horrific faults drag them ever lower.

Besides, I personally heard you promise your wife, “Pāñcālī, I shall bring you the head of he who killed our children!”

Therefore kill this evil assassin of his own doom, who killed your children and defiled his own master! O warrior, do not spare him on the basis that his father is your guru! A person who has done what he has done is nothing but a burnt branch of his family.


About Vraja Kishor

Invoved in Hare Krishna and Hardcore Punk since 1988 (Beyond, Inside Out, Shelter, 108). From 1992, I studied Bhagavat Gītā and Bhakti Rasāmṛta Sindhu at the Vṛndāvan Institute for Higher Education; became headmaster and temple-president in 1995; and finally distanced myself from ISKCON in 1997, setting out to start a family. In 2009 we moved to Japan, where I continued my astrology practice and began teaching English and studying Sanskrit and the Ṣaḍ-sandarbha. To date I've written about a dozen books. You can find out about them and the study courses I offer, on my website: View all posts by Vraja Kishor

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