Arjuna had no desire to fight (Chapter 1 Text 21-22)
Chapter 1: Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra
senayor ubhayor madhye
ratham sthapaya me 'cyuta
yavad etan nirikse 'ham
kair maya saha yoddhavyam
arjunah--Arjuna; uvaca--said; senayoh--of the armies; ubhayoh--of both the parties; madhye--in between them; ratham--the chariot; sthapaya--
please keep; me--my; acyuta--O infallible one; yavat--as long as; etan--all these; nirikse--may look; aham--I; yoddhu-kaman--desiring to
fight; avasthitan--arrayed on the battlefield; kaih--with whom; maya--by me; saha--with; yoddhavyam--to fight with; asmin--in this; rana--
strife; samudyame--in the attempt.
Arjuna said: O infallible one, please draw my chariot between the two armies so that I may see who is present here, who is desirous of
fighting, and with whom I must contend in this great battle attempt.
Although Lord Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, out of His causeless mercy He was engaged in the service of His friend. He never
fails in His affection for His devotees, and thus He is addressed herein as infallible. As charioteer, He had to carry out the orders of
Arjuna, and since He did not hesitate to do so, He is addressed as infallible. Although He had accepted the position of a charioteer for
His devotee, His supreme position was not challenged. In all circumstances, He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hrsikesa, the
Lord of the total senses. The relationship between the Lord and His servitor is very sweet and transcendental. The servitor is always ready
to render service to the Lord, and, similarly, the Lord is always seeking an opportunity to render some service to the devotee. He takes
greater pleasure in His pure devotee's assuming the advantageous position of ordering Him than He does in being the giver of orders. As
master, everyone is under His orders, and no one is above Him to order Him. But when He finds that a pure devotee is ordering Him, He obtains
transcendental pleasure, although He is the infallible master of all circumstances.
As a pure devotee of the Lord, Arjuna had no desire to fight with his cousins and brothers, but he was forced to come onto the battlefield by
the obstinacy of Duryodhana, who was never agreeable to any peaceful negotiation. Therefore, he was very anxious to see who the leading
persons present on the battlefield were. Although there was no question of a peacemaking endeavor on the battlefield, he wanted to see them
again and to see how much they were bent upon demanding an unwanted war.
Source: As It Is by HDG. A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada