ಸ್ವಜನಂ ಹಿ ಕಥಂ ಹತ್ವಾ ಸುಖಿನಃ ಸ್ಯಾಮ ಮಾಧವ ॥೩೭॥
tasmānnārhā vayaṃ haṃtuṃ dhārtarāṣṭrān svabāṃdhavān |
svajanaṃ hi kathaṃ hatvā sukhinaḥ syāma mādhava ||37||
Gist of the sloka:
Therefore, killing of our relatives and Emperor Dhitrarastra is not the right way. How can we find happiness by killing our relatives?
Forgetting that he belongs to a ruler class and expected to follow its dharma [protecting the good against evil], Arjuna, tries to convince Lord Krishna as follows. How can we be happy after killing our cousins and uncle Emperor Dhitrarastra.
Arjuna uses Madhawa to call Lord Krishna. The implication being not only are you not just son of my maternal uncle but also the universal force who can stop this war. Yet, you are not making the attempt to stop this destruction.
Look at the irony of the situation. The universal Lord is Arjuna’s friend, his relative and is sitting in the same chariot; but Arjuna is going through so intense confusions. Similar is the case wherein Yashoda saw in the Lord Krishna mouth the entire cosmic universe but few moments later was chasing her son to punish him for spilling milk.
When this is the case of Arjuna, what about rest of us?