[Advaita-l] Why Arjuna?

Amuthan Arunkumar R aparyap at yahoo.co.in
Mon Apr 25 22:43:38 CDT 2005

namo nArAyaNAya !

dear list members,

i'd like to quote SrI SaN^karAchArya's view on the
relation between arjuna and the gItopadeSa, 

nivR^ittiriti tadupadidixuH) **
sarvalokAnugrahArthamarjunaM nimittIkR^ityAha
bhagavAnvAsudevaH ** (aSochyAnityAdi)"

(gItA bhAshya, 2.10)
(the portion between the **'s gives us an idea of
bhagavadpAdAchArya's opinion on this issue.)

translation: "...** for the well-being of the entire
world, bhagavAn vAsudeva, USING ARJUNA AS A TOOL, says

taking only this view into account, there seems to be
nothing special about why arjuna was chosen. SrI
KR^ishNa used him as a tool to convey AtmavidyA to the

But there may be other references elsewhere which give
special reasons why arjuna was chosen. it would be
nice if someone can highlight any such references.

vAsudevaH sarvaM, 
--- "Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:
> Heres a question I would like to know listmembers
> thoughts about.  Don't
> worry if you can't quote shastras about it, I'm more
> interested in your
> own feelings.
> The era of the Mahabharata contained great sages
> like Vyasa, great
> warriors like Bhishma, wise statesmen like Vidura,
> and bhaktas of the
> calibre of Narada.  Yet the truths of the Gita were
> revealed by Krishna
> Bhagavan to Arjuna.  Why him of all people?
> -- 
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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Amuthan Arunkumar R,
4th year, B.Tech/M.Tech Dual Degree,
Department of Aerospace Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

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