Chapter 1. Despondency of Arjuna: Verse 40

Sanskrit Verse


कुलक्षये प्रणश्यन्ति कुलधर्मा: सनातना: |
धर्मे नष्टे कुलं कृत्स्नमधर्मोऽभिभवत्युत ||

Transliteration


Kula-kshaye pranashyanti kula-dharmaah sanaatanaah
Dharme nashte kulam kritsnam-adharmo-abhibhavaty-uta

English Translation


With the destruction of the clan, spiritual practices of the family will cease. With the loss of religion Whole family will get into irreligion

Commentary & Explanation

With the destruction of family members, especially old ones, the religious practices of the family will be lost. There will be confusion, lot of practices might be missed.

The duties of Kshatriyas include protection of the society, encouragement to the wisdom seeking, destruction of vice, keeping bio life in balance (killing of deer or tigers depending what is needed) and overall happiness of the society. 

If the clan is destroyed there will be discontinuation of the duties of the Kshatriya(protector), He whose duty is to take the society upwards will indulge himself in pleasures and the affairs of the society will be left unattended.


Topics:Arjuna

Glossary

KulaClan
KshayaDestruction
PranashyantiVanquished
KulaFamily
DharmaahTraditions, spiritual practices
SanaatanaahEternal
DharmeReligion, spiritual practices
NashteDestroy, destruction
KulamFamily
KritsnamWhole
AdharmaIrreligion
AbhibhavatiOvercome, transform, happen
UtaIndeed