Chapter 1: Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra
yotsyamanan avekse 'ham
ya ete 'tra samagatah
yotsyamanan—those who will be fighting; avekse—let me see; aham—I; ye—who; ete—those; atra—here; samagatah—assembled; dhartarastrasya—the son of Dhrtarastra; durbuddheh—evil-minded; yuddhe—in the fight; priya—well; cikirsavah—wishing.
Let me see those who have come here to fight, wishing to please the evil-minded son of Dhrtarastra.
It was an open secret that Duryodhana wanted to usurp the kingdom of the Pandavas by evil plans, in collaboration with his father, Dhrtarastra. Therefore, all persons who had joined the side of Duryodhana must have been birds of the same feather. Arjuna wanted to see them in the battlefield before the fight was begun, just to learn who they were, but he had no intention of proposing peace negotiations with them. It was also a fact that he wanted to see them to make an estimate of the strength which he had to face, although he was quite confident of victory because Krsna was sitting by his side.