Kauravas readied in protective shields
of spears, swords, and the wise old mentors.
Horses and elephants shook the battle field.
Brave archers lined up to send down tremors.
Equally fierce on the other side-
in shining armours the Pandavas stood.
With bows, arrows, and the bold unmatched might-
awaited these warriors, and seemed to brood.
The enemy surveyed, Arjuna froze:
how could he fight his brothers and masters?
Then the golden charioteer Krishna spoke.
His counsel of war recited in verse.
Great kshatriya, his identity known,
good from the evil shown, and the conch blown.