Meaning of the Shlok
Here, Krishna is telling Arjuna how to free himself of the unhappiness which has gripped him at present. He is saying that be it a friend or a foe, you become unbiased towards both. This doesn’t mean that you should launch a similar attack on your army as well, no…; you definitely need to attack the Kaurava army, but you need to free yourself of all the possible outcomes of this. Whether they win or you win, whether they die or you die, no perversion should arise in your mind because of it. But because right now you are lost in the selfishness of your thoughts, you are thinking in your favour, you are desiring your victory and their defeat; hence you are undergoing the present difficulties. But oh Arjuna! A supreme human being considers everyone, including himself, to be the same with regards to the outcome…He even considers the virtuous and sinners alike. He doesn’t say that if someone is virtuous then his present sins should be forgiven, or if someone is a sinner then mete out more punishments to him. No, when on listening to the voice of the soul the supreme human being becomes aware of when, what and how much is worth doing; it automatically gets done by him without any bias or worry of the outcome.
– Deep Trivedi
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