अथ चेत्त्वमिमं धर्म्यं संग्रामं न करिष्यसि |
ततः स्वधर्मं कीर्तिं च हित्वा पापमवाप्स्यसि ||२-३३||


atha cettvamimaṃ dharmyaṃ saṃgrāmaṃ na kariṣyasi .
tataḥ svadharmaṃ kīrtiṃ ca hitvā pāpamavāpsyasi ||2-33||



2.33. On the other hand, if you will not fight this righteous war then you shall incur the sin by avoiding your own duty and fame.

Shri Purohit Swami

2.33 Refuse to fight in this righteous cause, and thou wilt be a traitor, lost to fame, incurring only sin.

Sri Abhinav Gupta

2.33 See Comment under 2.37

Sri Ramanuja

2.33 If in delusion, you do not wage this war, which has started and which is the duty of a Ksatriya, then, owing to the non-performance of your immediate and incumbent duty, you will lose the immeasurable bliss which is the fruit of discharging your duty and the immeasurable fame which is the fruit of victory. In addition, you will incur extreme sin.

Sri Shankaracharya

2.33 Atha, on the other hand; cet, if; tvam, you; na karisyasi, will not fight; even imam, this; dharmyam, righteous; samgramam, battle, which has presented itself as a duty, which is not opposed to righteousness, and which is enjoined (by the scriptures); tatah, then, because of not undertaking that; hitva, forsaking; sva-dharmam, your own duty; ca, and; kritim, fame, earned from encountering Mahadeva (Lord Siva) and others; avapsyasi, you will incur; only papam, sin.

Swami Adidevananda

2.33 But if you do not fight this righteous war, you will be turning away from your duty and honoured position, and will be incurring sin.

Swami Gambirananda

2.33 On the other hand, if you will not fight this righteous battle, then, forsaking your own duty and fame, you will incur sin.

Swami Sivananda

2.33 But if thou wilt not fight this righteous war, then having abandoned thine own duty and fame, thou shalt incur sin.


Swami Sivananda

2.33 अथ चेत् but if? त्वम् thou? इमम् this? धर्म्यम् righteous? संग्रामम् warfare? न not? करिष्यसि will do? ततः,then? स्वधर्मम् own duty? कीर्तिम् fame? च and? हित्वा having abandoned? पापम् sin? अवाप्स्यसि shall incur.Commentary The Lord reminds Arjuna of the fame he had already earned and which he would now lose if he refused to fight. Arjuna had acired great fame by fighting with Lord Siva. Arjuna proceeded on a pilgrimage to the Himalayas. He fought with Siva Who appeared in the guise of a mountaineer (Kirata) and got from Him the Pasupatastra? a celestial weapon.