The Bhagavad Gita

Sanjaya Character Analysis

Dhritarashtra’s minister, who was present during the battle between the Pandavas and Kauravas and overheard the entire dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna. He later reports this conversation to the king, and his conversation with Dhritarashtra forms a frame story around the Bhagavad Gita’s eighteen discourses. At the end of the Gita, Sanjaya proclaims an ecstatic wonder at Krishna’s revelations and suggests that Arjuna is destined to win the war over Hastinapura.

Sanjaya Quotes in The Bhagavad Gita

The The Bhagavad Gita quotes below are all either spoken by Sanjaya or refer to Sanjaya . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of The Bhagavad Gita published in 2008.
Discourse 1 Quotes

The great cry
tore the hearts
of the Sons
of Dhritarashtra
the tumult
made the sky
and the earth
resound.

Related Characters: Sanjaya (speaker), Arjuna, Dhritarashtra
Page Number: 8
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Discourse 11 Quotes

Your Majesty,
when he said this,
Hari, the great lord
of yoga,
showed to Arjuna
the Son of Pritha
his highest,
most powerful, form.

Related Characters: Sanjaya (speaker), Arjuna, Krishna, Dhritarashtra
Page Number: 126
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Sanjaya Character Timeline in The Bhagavad Gita

The timeline below shows where the character Sanjaya appears in The Bhagavad Gita. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Discourse 1
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Dhritarashtra, the blind king of Hastinapura, asks his minister, Sanjaya, what happened when his sons (the Kauravas) met their cousins (the Pandavas) “in the field... (full context)
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Sanjaya continues: to Duryodhana’s pleasure, Bhishma blows his conch horn, leading his army’s instruments to create... (full context)
Discourse 2
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Sanjaya explains that, as Arjuna refused to fight, Krishna grew quiet before apparently starting to laugh... (full context)
Discourse 11
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Sanjaya explains to Dhritarashtra that Krishna then showed Arjuna his highest form, with numerous eyes, mouths,... (full context)
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Sanjaya explains that Arjuna again bowed before Krishna, proclaiming that everyone rightly honors and fears him.... (full context)
Discourse 18
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Sanjaya tells Dhritarashtra that hearing this “miraculous” conversation “caused my hair / to stand on end.”... (full context)