ಕಿಂ ನೋ ರಾಜ್ಯೇನ ಗೋವಿಂದ ಕಿಂ ಭೋಗೈರ್ಜೀವಿತೇನ ವಾ ॥೩೨॥
na kāṃkṣe vijayaṃ kṛṣṇa naca rājyaṃ sukhāni ca |
kiṃ no rājyena goviṃda kiṃ bhogairjīvitena vā ||32||
Gist of the sloka:
Krishna, I do not wish to win the war; neither the kingdom nor the comforts. Govinda, what will we obtain? Richness and comfort? What is the use of such living?
Arjuna is expressing his emotional thoughts with a belief that once his relatives/friends are dead in the upcoming war, he would have no use for the kingdom, its comforts nor the very reason to live when they [relatives] are no longer alive.
Arjuna was not the decider for either going into or exiting from the war. He was under the leadership of his elder brother King Yudhishthira. He was expected to devote himself to his fullest ability to win the war for his brother and King. Rather he talks as though he could decide.
He also addresses Lord Krishna as ‘Krishna’. The name means one who attracts all towards himself. Here Arjuna in a sense seems to be accusing the Lord Krishna as one who has attracted all those assembled to the battlefield, for their destruction.
He then addresses the Lord Krishna as ‘Govinda’. The name means one who is the single purport of Vedas, only one who fully understands the Vedas, one who came down to earth, one who is a cow herd etc.,
Lord Krishna was also one who even though he had eliminated thousands of evil beings never got himself crowned as a King. Rather Lord Krishna in this avatar was satisfied being a cow herd.
In a way, Arjuna was trying to align himself as being of similar to Lord Krishna – with no desire to own a kingdom like the Lord. While at the same time, challenging the Lord Krishna was why he was in favor of war when Arjuna had no such desire.