ಕುಲಕ್ಷಯಕೃತಂ ದೋಷಂ ಮಿತ್ರದ್ರೋಹೇ ಚ ಪಾತಕಮ್ ॥೩೮॥
yadyapyete na paśyaṃti lobhopahatacetasaḥ |
kulakṣayakṛtaṃ doṣaṃ mitradrohe ca pātakam ||38||
Gist of the sloka:
Their heart is filled with greed. They are not even aware of how their actions might cause death to the clan, relatives and friends.
Arjuna says: Desiring for riches, blinded by greed they have lost their ability to think clearly. By these actions the clan might be wiped out. The entire country might become without leadership and successors. Being relatives, we should have lived together in harmony. Rather we are now demonstrating enmity with each other. This is treason.
Arjuna uses the word ‘mitra’. Mitra is one who is with us all the time through thick and thin, anticipating possible future bad situations and takes on his own the preventive actions without expecting anything in return. Someone who gives himself up before disaster hits us.