The armies await the sound of the conch shell to signify the beginning of the epic battle.
The great warrior Arjuna, General of the army that prepared for war in meditation, stands upon his golden chariot between the armies. Slowly, he brings the conch shell to his quivering lips.
As he draws in a breath, his knees grow weak. Arjuna stumbles off of the chariot, throws his weapons to the dusty ground, and falls to his knees in a plea to Krishna.
It may seem odd that a general would turn to a chauffeur for guidance at the most critical moment of his life. In fact, the General Arjuna chose Krishna to be his driver because of the rumors going around.
It is said that Krishna is actually the God Vishnu, incarnated in Human form. They say that Vishnu is here to bring about destruction and to usher in a new age of enlightenment on Earth.
Arjuna remains prostrate before Krishna, unarmed, pleading for guidance, while the vast armies face each other, awaiting the signal to unleash unknown destruction and horror.
Krishna, the human incarnation of the god Vishnu, looks down upon the prostrate General Arjuna and says, “What is this mad and shameful weakness? Stand up and fight!”