The Bhagavadgita - Chapter 1, Verse 10
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aparyāptaṃ tad asmākaṃ balaṃ bhīṣmābhirakṣitam paryāptaṃ tvidam eteṣāṃ balaṃ bhīmābhirakṣitam
Yet insufficient seems this army of ours, though marshalled by BLishma, while that
army of theirs seems sufficient, though marshalled by Bhima
"Unlimited is our strength, well protected by our grand father Bhishma, while limited
is the strength of the Pandavas' army, although it is well protected by Bhima.
“This army of ours marshalled by Bhishma is insufficient, whereas their army, marshalled
by Bhima, is sufficient.
" This army of ours protected by Bhishma is inadequate, whereas that army of theirs
which is under the protection of Bhima is adequate.
This our army defended by Bhishma (is) impossible to be counted, but that army of
theirs, defended by Bhima (is) easy to number
Yet our army seems the weaker, though commanded by Bheeshma; their army seems the
stronger, though commanded by Bheema.
Our army is invincible, while their army is easy to conquer. Therefore all of you,
occupying your respective positions, protect our commander-in-chief. (1.10-11)
For me their king, each with his weapon grasped, Each skilful in the field. Weakest-meseems-
Our battle shows where Bhishma holds command, And Bhima, fronting him, something
Our army, therefore, protected by Bhishma, is insufficient. This force, however,
of these (the Pandavas), protected by Bhima, is sufficient.
Thus our army which is protected by Bhîshma is unlimited; while this army of theirs
which is protected by Bhîma is very limited.
U nlim ited are our forces protected by Bhlshma, W hereas lim ited are their forces
protected by Bhlma.
Our forces seem to me insufficient, though they are commanded by Bhishma; and theirs
seem to me sufficient, though they are commanded by Bhima.
Duryodhana knew the estimated strength of each side. However, he was still intent
upon fighting because he knew that the renowned warriors, such as Bhishma, Drona
and Karna, who were on his side, could make a difference.