शौर्यं तेजो धृतिर्दाक्ष्यं युद्धे चाप्यपलायनम् |
दानमीश्वरभावश्च क्षात्रं कर्म स्वभावजम् || 43||
śhauryaṁ tejo dhṛitir dākṣhyaṁ yuddhe chāpy apalāyanam
dānam īśhvara-bhāvaśh cha kṣhātraṁ karma svabhāva-jam
śhauryam—valor; tejaḥ—strength; dhṛitiḥ—fortitude; dākṣhyam yuddhe—skill in weaponry; cha—and; api—also; apalāyanam—not fleeing; dānam—large-heartedness; īśhvara—leadership; bhāvaḥ—qualities; cha—and; kṣhātram—of the warrior and administrative class; karma—work; svabhāva-jam—born of one’s intrinsic qualities
Prowess, splendor (greatness), firmness, dexterity, not running away in battle, magnanimity, lordship (commanding and ruling power)-these are the functions of Kshatriyas born of their nature.
Yuddhe cha pyapalayanam: A true kshatriya is not expected to fly from the field of battle. But an external conflict like war happens only from time to time. The internal and the diabolical, struggle between the forces of good and evil, of light and darkness, of the pious and t is taking place continuously in the heart of every human being. The struggle is continuous and unceasing till final liberation is attained. Every human being needs the Dharma of the Kshatriya to remain firm, bold, and unyielding, in the struggle with evil and ignorance. There should be no backward step, no looking back, no relaxation of effort, and no feeling of defeat and frustration ‘March onwards’ is the command till the goal is reached. It is only then that man can attain the rulership of the Empire of Freedom. So man should strive for the light of the Brahmana and the power of the Kshatriya.
Question: What are the functions of the Kshatriyas?
Answer: Prowess, splendor (greatness), firmness, dexterity, not running away in battle, magnanimity, lordship (commanding and ruling power)-these are the functions of the Kshatriyas born of their nature.
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 18 🔻 (78 Verses)