The Background of the Bhagavadgita-1
The first chapter tells about Arjuna Vishadham,
Drutharashtra uvacha :
Dharmakshetre kurukshetre samavetha yuyutsavah,
maamakaah paandavaas caiva kim akurvata sanjaya (Gita 1.1).
This is the first Slokam of the Bhagavadgita. It is a query raised by King Dhrutarashtra to his counsellor, Sanjaya: “When the Pandavas and the Kauravas were arrayed in the field for a battle, what actually happened? How did they get on among themselves?”
This world, this field of universal conflict, may also be considered as Dharmakshetra and Kurukshetra at the same time. The field of the Mahabharata war was the geographical location called Kurukshetra – a place of pilgrimage even now, which you can visit whenever you have time. It is also designated in this verse as Dharmakshetra because it is said that in this particular holy spot many yajnas or sacrifices were performed by rishis of yore; therefore, the place has the blessedness of being charge…