Chapter 1. Despondency of Arjuna: Verse 19

Sanskrit Verse

स घोषो धार्तराष्ट्राणां हृदयानि व्यदारयत् |
नभश्च पृथिवीं चैव तुमुलो नुनादयन् ||


Sa ghosho dhaartaraashtraanaam hridayaani vyadaarayat
nabhashcha prithiveem chaiva tumuloavynunaadayan

English Translation

The tumultuous sound pierced the hearts of the children of Dhritarashtra, reverberating through Sky and Earth

Commentary & Explanation

The sounds of conch shells made by Pandavas is said to have scared the Kauravas, piercing their hearts and sowing fears.

When the Kauravas blew their conches, horns and bugles there was no such effect on the Pandavas, It is because:

  • Their conscience was clear: they felt fighting despite its outcomes was righteous.
  • They were fearless warriors: They had fought numerous battles (a seasoned yogi is not afraid)
  • They were not attached to deriving pleasures from senses: He who craves for sense pleasures values his body, as it is the tool for the fulfilment of pleasures, he whose idea of happiness has transcended the notion that pleasure originates from the body does not cling to the body and thus fear for the safety of body and thus valuing it over any cause.

Spiritual View:

Both the Pandavas and Kauravas made sounds. A Yogi experiences two kinds of sounds(effects/ disturbances), one external and another internal. 

External effects like:

  1. Seeing
  2. Hearing
  3. Touching
  4. Smelling
  5. Tasting

Disturb a Yogi in meditation, they are negative to meditative state.

Whereas Internal effects like:

  • Sounds at different Chakras
  • Light at the third Eye

are helpful in internalizing the mind, these help a yogi focus inward.

Different Sounds a Yogi hears at different chakras (depending on his consciousness) are as follows:

  1. Mooladhara Chakra: Motor or Bee
  2. Svadhishthana Chakra: Rain/ Crickets/ flute
  3. Manipura Chakra: Veena/ Harp (stringed instruments)
  4. Anahata Chakra: "Gong" of Bell
  5. Vishuddhi Chakra: Thunder/ Roar of the Ocean
  6. Ajna Chakra: Symphony of 5 above sounds
  7. Sahasrara Chakra: OM- the blissful sound


[Image- Chakras & their Locations in the body]



GhoshaVibration, reverberation
DhaartaraashtraanaamOf the sons of dhritarashtra
VyadaarayatTore, shatter, pierce
ChaivaCha+eva;also certainly