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CHAPTER 1 - THE OPENING SCENE
The opening of the Gita is quite dramatic. The first chapter describes the battleground scene of Pandava and Kaurava armies facing each other for the war to begin. Arjuna expresses to Shri Krishna, who had agreed to be his charioteer, his desire to look over the great warriors he was going to kill. Shri Krishna takes the chariot to the centre of the battlefield where Arjuna sees facing him, the Kauravas and other cousins, his revered grand-uncle Bhishmacharya, teacher Dronacharya, Karna and all others whom he revered and loved but who had chosen to fight with the Kauravas as well as all the kings and warriors from both sides. The thought that all these people would be killed in the war, some by his own hands, unnerves him and he lays down his bow and arrow, refusing to fight.
Shri Krishna then tries to restore Arjuna’s courage by telling him that when he fights he is merely doing his duty as a Kshatriya, irrespective of whom he would be killing. The dialogue between Arjuna and Shri Krishna is what constitutes Gita.
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