Slow and steady wins the race! Only $12,000 $5,221 more is needed to keep alive and vibrant for the next six months. A big THANK YOU to those who've contributed to our Fall Fundraiser so far. If everyone gave a few dollars (say, between five and fifty) we could get rid of this banner and go back to doing what we love most: helping people all over the Internet discover Krishna. If you give $25 or more, we'll email you a gift of the Bhagavad-gita audio book. How about that? Click here to donate.

SB 1.7 - Draupadī's respect for Droṇa and Kṛpī

It was by Droṇa’s mercy that Arjuna learned dhanur-veda, the military art of throwing arrows and the confidential art of controlling weapons. Dhanur-veda, or military science is controlled by Vedic hymns. The fine art of throwing arrows saturated with Vedic hymns acts more effectively than gross material weapons. Draupadī wished that Arjuna feel obliged to Droṇa for teaching him this. Droṇa, although a brāhmaṇa, was a teacher of military science because a brāhmaṇa should be a teacher, regardless of what his department of knowledge is. A learned brāhmaṇa should become a teacher, a priest and a recipient of charity.

Draupadī said that Droṇa still existed in the form of his son. Droṇa’s wife Kṛpī did not undergo satī with him because she had a son. A devoted wife is justified in embracing voluntary death along with her husband if she is without issue. But for Kṛpī, she had her son, the representative of her husband. Thus Arjuna should not cause grief to respectable and worshipful family members. Draupadī did not want Droṇa’s wife to cry like her, who was aggrieved for the death of her sons. If the kingly administrative order offends the brāhmaṇa order and enrages them, then the fire of that rage would burn up the whole body of the royal family and bring grief upon all. The brāhmaṇa order was always held in great esteem by the other orders of life.