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All the commanders there in the battlefield of Kuruksetra were maha-ratha. They are described in the Bhagavad-gita. Especially Bhisma and Karna, Dronacarya, they were very, very great commanders. Still, Arjuna could kill them by the grace of Krsna

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Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures

All the commanders there in the battlefield of Kurukṣetra were mahā-ratha. Mahā-ratha. They are described in the Bhagavad-gītā. Especially Bhīṣma and Karṇa, Droṇācārya, they were very, very great commanders. Still, Arjuna could kill them by the grace of Kṛṣṇa. Arjuna was nothing in front of them. They were so great fighter. Arjuna was also mahā-ratha. Still, these commanders were very, very powerful. But by the grace of Kṛṣṇa he could kill Karṇa, he could kill Bhīṣma, he could kill Droṇācārya, and came out victorious.

If you simply depend on Kṛṣṇa, "Kṛṣṇa, if You save me, that is all right. Otherwise kill me, as You like." You see? Mārobi rākhobi—jo icchā tohārā. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura says, "I surrender unto You." Mānasa deho geho, jo kichu mor, "My dear Lord, whatever I have got, my possession . . . and what I have got? I have got this body. I have got my mind. I have got a little home, and my wife, my children. This is my possession." So mānasa deho geho, jo kichu mor. "So whatever I have got—this body, this mind, this wife, these children, this home—everything I surrender unto You." Mānasa deho geho, jo kichu mor, arpiluṅ tuwā pade, nanda-kiśor (Mānasa Deha Geha). Kṛṣṇa is known as Nanda-kiśora.

So this is surrender: no reservation, fully surrender, akiñcana. Therefore Kṛṣṇa . . . a devotee is called akiñcana. Na kiñcana. Kiñcana means something, something reserved for me. Of course, actually that should be position, but still . . . and the material world one should not imitate, but as Rūpa Gosvāmī has shown the path, that whatever possession you have got, fifty percent for Kṛṣṇa, twenty-five percent for the relatives—they also expect something—and twenty-five percent for personal emergency. This example is shown by Rūpa Gosvāmī. Before his retirement he did it. But actually that everything was spent. When Sanātana Gosvāmī was arrested, everything was spent. So this is full surrender. When Draupadī fully surrendered to Kṛṣṇa without trying herself to save herself, then unlimited yards of cloth was supplied, and she could not be made naked. But because the attempt was made in an assembly of crude, rude men, therefore it is said, asat-sabhāyāḥ.

Vana-vāsa-kṛcchrataḥ. And then next game was that if they lose the game, they will go . . . they would go twelve years in the forest. So that was also happened. For twelve years. And the condition was: after twelve years, one year they should remain incognito. If they are detected, that, "They are living in such-and-such place," then again twelve years. So hard condition. And that also surpassed. In that incognito condition they married Draupadī. Arjuna was at that time in a incognito. He went there as a brāhmin, in the dress of a brāhmin. Because if he went there in the dress of a kṣatriya, they will be detected again: "Oh, here is Arjuna." Then again they will have to go again for twelve years.

So these things are there described in the Mahābhārata. Mahābhārata means . . . mahā means great, greater, and bhārata means India. It is the history, history of greater India, Mahābhārata. They take it as stories, as mythology. That is nonsense. It is history. Mahābhārata is the history. So we take it as history. All thesePurāṇas, Mahābhārata, they are histories. But not this chronological history. Chronological history, if you keep, then how many pages you have to keep? So many things. Simply selected incidences, they described there; select, most important incidences. But that is history. So these very important incidents, they are described in the Mahābhārata.

Then mṛdhe, mṛdhe (SB 1.8.24). Mṛdha means battlefield. Mṛdhe mṛdhe. Aneka-mahā-ratha astrato. There were great, great fighters, mahā-ratha. These are just like in modern days they are given title, lieutenant, captain, commander, commander-in-chief, like that. Formerly these titles were for the military man: eka-ratha, mahā-ratha, aṭi-ratha. Ratha means chariot. So if one could fight with one charioteer, he is eka-ratha. And if he could fight with one thousand charioteer, then he is called mahā-ratha.

So all the commanders there in the battlefield of Kurukṣetra were mahā-ratha. Mahā-ratha. They are described in the Bhagavad-gītā. Especially Bhīṣma and Karṇa, Droṇācārya, they were very, very great commanders. Still, Arjuna could kill them by the grace of Kṛṣṇa. Arjuna was nothing in front of them. They were so great fighter. Arjuna was also mahā-ratha. Still, these commanders were very, very powerful. But by the grace of Kṛṣṇa he could kill Karṇa, he could kill Bhīṣma, he could kill Droṇācārya, and came out victorious. And Parīkṣit Mahārāja, when he was talking with Śukadeva Gosvāmī, he also referred this that, "The battlefield of Kurukṣetra was just like ocean, and there were so many ferocious aquatic animals. But by the grace of Kṛṣṇa my grandfather crossed over it very easily."

This is very significant, that you may have many enemies or many fighters, very powerful fighters, but if you remain at the protection of Kṛṣṇa, then nobody can do you anything harm. Rākhe kṛṣṇa māre ke: "If Kṛṣṇa protects you, nobody can kill you." But if Kṛṣṇa kills you nobody can give you protection. That is the . . . rākhe kṛṣṇa māre ke, māre kṛṣṇa rākhe ke. This is the . . . if Kṛṣṇa desires to kill you, nobody can save you. Just like a big man, a rich man, is suffering from disease. All first-class physician, medicine, hospital available for him, but still, he dies. That means Kṛṣṇa desires that, "This man must die." So these things will not help you. The so-called protective methods that we have discovered, they will be useless if Kṛṣṇa does not desire that you should live. They will be useless.