शौर्यं तेजो धृतिर्दाक्ष्यं युद्धे चाप्यपलायनम्।
दानमीश्वरभावश्च क्षात्रं कर्म स्वभावजम्।।18.43।।
।।18.43।।शूरवीरता? तेज? धैर्य? प्रजाके संचालन आदिकी विशेष चतुरता? युद्धमें कभी पीठ न दिखाना? दान करना और शासन करनेका भाव -- ये सबकेसब क्षत्रियके स्वाभाविक कर्म हैं।
18.43 Svabhavajam, the natural; ksatra-karma, [A variant reading is ksatram karma.-Tr.] enjoined duties of the Ksatriyas, of the Ksatriya caste; are sauryam, heroism; tejah, boldness; dhrtih, fortitude, as is seen in the case of one who is not depressed under all circumstances, being sustained by doggedness; daksyam, capability engagement without confusion in duties which suddenly present them-selves; api ca, and also; apalayanam, not retreating; yuddhe, from battle, not fleeing from enemies; danam, generosity, being free in the distribution of gifts; isvarabhavah, lordliness, manifesting (exercising) rulership over those who have to be ruled.
18.43 See Comment under 18.60
18.43 Valour is the ability of plunging into a battle without fear. Invincibility is the capacity to remain undefeated by others. Steadiness is the capacity to complete a work that has been started despite obstacles. Adroitness is the ability in executing all works. Apalayana is not fleeing in a battle though one is convinced of ones death. Generosity is parting with ones own possessions to others even to its entirety. Lordliness is the capacity to govern all others. This is the duty of a Ksatriya born of his inherent nature.
Shauryam tejo dhritirdaakshyam yuddhe chaapyapalaayanam; Daanameeshwarabhaavashcha kshaatram karmaswabhaavajam.
śhauryam—valor; tejaḥ—strength; dhṛitiḥ—fortitude; dākṣhyam yuddhe—skill in weaponry; cha—and; api—also; apalāyanam—not fleeing; dānam—large-heartedness; īśhvara—leadership; bhāvaḥ—qualities; cha—and; kṣhātram—of the warrior and administrative class; karma—work; svabhāva-jam—born of one’s intrinsic qualities