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There exists no greater good for a kshatriya than a war enjoined by duty.
Happy are the Kshatriyas O Parth, for whom such a war comes of its own accord as an open door to heaven. But if thou does not this lawful battle, then thou wilt fail thy duty and glory and will incur sin. Besides, men will ever recount thy ill-fame, and for one who has been honored ill-fame is worse than death. The great warriors will think that thou hast abstained from battle through fear, and they by whom thou was highly esteemed will make light of thee. Either slain thou shalt go to heaven or victorious thou shalt enjoy the earth, therefore, arise, O Son of Kunti, resolve the battle as your Kshatriya dharma.
(Shri Krishna to Arjun in the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, verse 31–37)
The word Kshatriya is derived from a Sanskrit word “Kshatra” which means dominion, government, administration, power, or rule. The root of the word “Kshatriya” is “Kshi” which means to rule or govern. They were the class or...
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