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One who conquers sleep is called gudakesa (Chapter 1 Text 24)

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    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 1: Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra TEXT 24 sanjaya uvaca evam ukto hrsikeso gudakesena bharata senayor
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      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 1: Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra


                                   

          
                                                    
          TEXT 24

      Bhagavad-Gita Sanskrit Shaloka [Chapter: 1 - Verse 24]

                                                  sanjaya uvaca

                                              evam ukto hrsikeso

                                             gudakesena bharata
                                         senayor ubhayor madhye
                                        sthapayitva rathottamam
                                     
                                                      SYNONYMS


      sanjayah--Sanjaya; uvaca--said; evam--thus; uktah--addressed; hrsikesah--Lord Krsna; gudakesena--by Arjuna; bharata--O descendant of
      Bharata; senayoh--of armies; ubhayoh--of both; madhye--in the midst of; sthapayitva--by placing; ratha-uttamam--the finest chariot.

                                                     TRANSLATION

      Sanjaya said: O descendant of Bharata, being thus addressed by Arjuna,
      Lord Krsna drew up the fine chariot in the midst of the armies of both parties.

                                                         PURPORT

      In this verse Arjuna is referred to as Gudakesa. Gudaka means sleep, and one who conquers sleep is called gudakesa. Sleep also means
      ignorance. So Arjuna conquered both sleep and ignorance because of his friendship with Krsna. As a great devotee of Krsna, he could not forget
      Krsna even for a moment, because that is the nature of a devotee. Either in waking or in sleep, a devotee of the Lord can never be free
      from thinking of Krsna's name, form, qualities and pastimes. Thus a devotee of Krsna can conquer both sleep and ignorance simply by
      thinking of Krsna constantly. This is called Krsna consciousness, or samadhi. As Hrsikesa, or the director of the senses and mind of every
      living entity, Krsna could understand Arjuna's purpose in placing the chariot in the midst of the armies. Thus He did so, and spoke as
      follows.


                             Source:Bhagavad Gita As It Is by HDG. A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

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