Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 1, Verse 23

योत्स्यमानानवेक्षेऽहं य एतेऽत्र समागता: |
धार्तराष्ट्रस्य दुर्बुद्धेर्युद्धे प्रियचिकीर्षव: || 23||

yotsyamānān avekṣhe ’haṁ ya ete ’tra samāgatāḥ
dhārtarāṣhṭrasya durbuddher yuddhe priya-chikīrṣhavaḥ

yotsyamānānthose who have come to fight; avekṣhe ahamI desire to see; yewho; etethose; atrahere; samāgatāḥassembled; dhārtarāṣhṭrasyaof Dhritarashtra’s son; durbuddheḥevil-minded; yuddhein the fight; priya-chikīrṣhavaḥwishing to please


BG 1.23: I desire to see those who have come here to fight on the side of the evil-minded son of Dhritarasthra, wishing to please him.


The evil-minded sons of Dhritarasthra had usurped the kingdom, and so the warriors fighting from their side were also naturally ill-intentioned. Arjun desired to see those whom he would have to fight in this war. To begin with, Arjun was valiant and eager for the battle. Hence, he referred to the evil-minded sons of Dhritarasthra, conveying how Duryodhan had conspired several times for the destruction of the Pandavas. Arjun’s attitude was, “We are the lawful owners of half of the empire, but he wants to usurp it. He is evil-minded and these kings have assembled to help him, so they are also evil. I want to observe the warriors who are so impatient to wage war. They have favored injustice, and so they are sure to be destroyed by us.”