“Whom are you lamenting for when you yourself are pitiable? Why do you pity the poor when you yourself have now been made poor? While in this body that is like a bubble, how can anyone look at anyone else as being worthy of lamentation?” (Hanuman speaking to Tara, Valmiki Ramayana, Kishkindha Kand, 21.3)
शोच्या शोचसि कं शोच्यं दीनं दीनाऽनुकम्पसे।
कस्य कोवाऽनुशोच्योऽस्ति देहेऽस्मिन् बुद्बुदोपमे।।
śocyā śocasi kaṃ śocyaṃ dīnaṃ dīnā’nukampase।
kasya kovā’nuśocyo’sti dehe’smin budbudopame ||
Friend1: I know that at the beginning of the Bhagavad-gita, Arjuna was lamenting over the potential fate for the other side.
Friend2: Explain the setting. Where are we? Who is Arjuna? What is this “other side”?
Friend1: The Bharata War, staged at Kurukshetra. Some five thousand years ago, well-documented in the Sanskrit work of epic length, the Mahabharata. Arjuna is the leading fighter for the Pandava…
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