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.