Chapter 1. Despondency of Arjuna: Verse 32
किं नो राज्येन गोविन्द किं भोगैर्जीवितेन वा ||
Kim no raajyena govinda kim bhogair jeevitena vaa
What use is Kingdom, O Govinda(Krishna)? what use is pleasures? or even life? (after killing kith and kin)
Commentary & Explanation
Arjuna is lamenting over the destruction that is going to happen, he does not want to go through the motions that might lead to destruction.
His focus is entirely on short term results, abandoning the fight has temporary result of avoiding death and destruction.
He has forgotten his role, he is not thinking of doing what is good for long term, that which is good for everyone just not him and his kinsmen.
Arjuna in his limited thinking reflects selfishness, he is thinking on 'what is good for me?' , 'what is good for my kinsmen?', he is not thinking of 'what is good for generations to come down the line'.
Taking bitter medicine may sound undesirable at the time, but it is a good thing for the patient, he must take it even if he doesn't like it, for the sake of better tomorrow.
Spiritual View: A spiritual aspirant who should be meditative not willing to part with his sense pleasures procrastinates meditation, tries to avoid it and indulges himself in sense pleasures, he is sometimes willing to give up even the super-conscious state for the sake of temporary sense gratification.
|Krishna||Krishna; the dark colored lord; consciousness|
|Govinda||The cowherd, Krishna; he who is pleasing to the senses|