|Chapter 1||Lamenting the Consequence of War||Verse 21,22|
Rudra Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Addressing Lord Krishna again as Acutya the infallible one, Arjuna requested Him to place the chariot between the two armies. Why would Arjuna request that the chariot be placed between the two armies like a spectator? It was so he could see those with whom he would soon be fighting.
Brahma Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Madhvacarya has no commentary so we present Baladeva Vidyabhusana's.
Arjuna is now speaking beginning with the words: senayor ubhayor. By saying O Acyuta meaning infallible, Arjuna addresses Lord Krishna as the one who is never contrary to His inherent qualities of affection for His devotees and His Supreme Majesty and so he states thus being guided by those very qualities place my chariot as I have instructed.
The reason for placing the chariot as instructed is being explained by the verse beginning: yavad etan. The Kauravas are only desirous of war not peace and externally appear unmoved by trepidation. One might say that Arjuna is a warrior not a spectator, so what is the necessity of viewing the enemy? The answer to this is that since the battle is taking place between relatives, Arjuna desires to see just what friends have joined the ranks of the enemy that he will have to fight. If it is argued that out of friendship these friends seeing him would want to make a truce, the answer is given by the verse beginning with: yotsyamanan meaning they have only come to fight.
Sri Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Kumara Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Addressing Lord Krishna as Acutya, the infallible one, Sanjaya repeats Arjuna request to Lord Krishna to position the chariot in the middle, between the two firmly opposing armies indicating the mighty strength of Lord Krishna firmness on all sides. There is no rule of warfare stating that one should fight in only one place. Yet why should Arjuna request to have the chariot stationed between the two armies? In this verse he states that he wishes to observe those arrayed against him desiring to fight. If it is asked has he come to witness the battle as a spectator or to fight? Arjuna has no intention of being a spectator; but to see those opponents who he is worthy to fight against and who are worthy to fight against him.