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Meaning : …Then that hero (Arjuna) on whose flag rode the mighty kapi (refers to Hanuman), looked at the sons of Dhritarashtra, who had come there., he picked up his bow, as weapons clashed! That king (Arjuna) spoke this sentence to the one who had controlled all his senses (hRSIkEs’a - Krishna). ”Let me see with whom I have to fight in this battle, who have come here eager to fight, those war-monging sons of Dhritarashtra, whose minds are ill-taught (dur-buddhi)!”
Thus Arjuna requested Krishna, to take his chariot (ratha) to the middle of both armies so that he could assess the situation and see who he was fighting!
Other Ideas : Apte gives all these meanings for kapi .
3.a species of karaJja;
6.name of viSNu
What interests me is that the word kapila refers to “one of a tawny or a light brown colour.”
So Valmiki could have been talking of light brown people when he referred to the vanaras as kapis.
Other Links :
- Bhagavad Gita : Chanting : Chapter 1 : Slokas 20 to 23 : Request to assess situation : Audio
- Bhagavad Gita : Chanting : Chapter 1 : Slokas 1 to 19 : Battle Preparation : Audio
- Bhagavad Gita : Chanting : Karanyasa, hrudyaadi nyaasa, dhyana sloka : Audio
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