Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2, Verse 36

अवाच्यवादांश्च बहून्वदिष्यन्ति तवाहिता: |
निन्दन्तस्तव सामर्थ्यं ततो दु:खतरं नु किम् || 36||

avāchya-vādānśh cha bahūn vadiṣhyanti tavāhitāḥ
nindantastava sāmarthyaṁ tato duḥkhataraṁ nu kim

avachya-vadansh cha bahun vadishyanti tavahitah
nindantastava samarthyam tato duhkhataram nu kim

avāchya-vādānusing harsh words; chaand; bahūnmany; vadiṣhyantiwill say; tavayour; ahitāḥenemies; nindantaḥdefame; tavayour; sāmarthyammight; tataḥthan that; duḥkha-tarammore painful; nuindeed; kimwhat


BG 2.36: Your enemies will defame and humiliate you with unkind words, disparaging your might. Alas, what could be more painful than that?


If Arjun chose to flee from battle, not only would Arjun’s estimation wane in the assembly of mighty warriors, but he would also be disparaged. Shree Krishna uses the word nindataḥ which means “to vilify.” Avāchya vādān means the use of harsh words such as “Eunuch.” Arjun’s enemies, like Duryodhan, would say many unbecoming things about him, such as, “Look at that impotent Arjun fleeing from the battlefield like a dog with its tail between its legs.” Shree Krishna reminds Arjun that such derision would be very painful to him.