The Bhagavadgita - Chapter 2, Verse 4

Sloka
arjuna uvāca: kathaṃ bhīṣmam ahaṃ sāṅkhye droṇaṃ ca madhusūdana
iṣubhiḥ pratiyotsyāmi pūjārhāv arisūdana

Annie Besant

Arjuna said: How, Madhusudana, shall I attack Bbishma and Drona with arrows in battle, they who are worthy of reverence, slayer of foes?

Jayaram V

Arjuna said, " O Madhusudhana, how can I fight against persons like Bhishma and Drona, countering them with arrows, when they are fit for worship?

Swami Sivananda

Arjuna said: How, O Madhusudana, shall I fight in battle with arrows against Bhishma and Drona, who are fit to be worshipped, O destroyer of enemies?

Adi Shankaracharya

A rjuna said: O slayer of Madhu, how shall I assail in battle with arrows Bhishma and Dro«a, who are worthy of worship, O slayer of enemies.

Swami Swarupananda

Arjuna said: But how can I, in battle, O slayer of Madhu, fight with arrows against Bhishma and Drona, who are rather worthy to be worshipped, O destroyer of foes!

Shri Purohit Swami

Arjuna argued: My Lord! How can I, when the battle rages, send an arrow through Bheeshma and Drona, who should receive my reverence?

American/International Gita Society

Arjuna said: How shall I strike my grandfather, my guru, and all other relatives, who are worthy of my respect, with arrows in battle, O Krishna?

Edwin Arnold

Arjuna. How can I, in the battle, shoot with shafts On Bhishma, or on Drona-O thou Chief!-- Both worshipful, both honourable men?

Kisari Mohan Ganguli

Arjuna said, "How, O slayer of Madhu, can I with arrows contend in battle against Bhishma and Drona, deserving as they are. O slayer of foes, of worship?"

Kashinath Trimbak Telang

Arguna said: How, O destroyer of Madhu! shall I encounter with arrows in the battle Bhîshma and Drona--both, O destroyer of enemies! entitled to reverence?

Grahman Sceweig

Arjuna said: How shall I, in battle against Bhlshma and Drona, O M adhusudana, Fight back with arrows against those who are worthy of respect, O Slayer of the Enemy?

Vladimir Antonov

Arjuna said: O Madhusudana! How can I attack with arrows Bhishma and Drona — they who deserve the deepest reverence, O Conqueror of enemies?

Notes

Bhishma was the grandfather and Drona was the teacher of Arjuna. As per the prevailing family and teacher traditions, Arjuna was not expected to slay both of them in any war.

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