vyavahita pRutanAmukham nirIkshya svajanavadhAd vimukhasya doShabuddhyA
kumatim aharad AtmavidhyayA ya: charaNarati: paramasya tasya mesthu\\ (36)
In the previous sloka, Bhishma glorified the Lord’s charioteering, when He, listening to his friend Arjuna’s command, positioned the chariot between the two armies. In this sloka, Bhishma explains what happened next. doShabuddhyA. As soon as the chariot was there, Arjuna acquired ‘Dosha buddhi’. Why suddenly Dosha Buddhi? Arjuna’s mind was suddenly wrought with pain over the prospect of killing his relatives and teachers in the war to ensue, Whom all did he consider in that group? Vyavahita pruthana mukham. Those who were standing little far off from him.
Nirikshya svajana vadaadh – Looking at them..seeing them as his kith & kin. Kumatim Aharad In order to remove the wrong opinion in Arjuna’s mind, Bhagavan gave Bhagavat Gita, which Bhishma refers to as Atma Vidhya. ya: charaNarati: paramasya tasya mesthu: So long Bhishma has been explaining in brief about the beauty of God, his golden yellow Pithambaram, curly black tresses, face and so on.
In this sloka, he specially requests the Lord to bless him so that his mind be fixed on the Feet of the Lord , who removed the delusion of Arjuna. By meditating on the feet of the Lord whom he describes as Gitacharya in this sloka, Bhishmacharya gives us a message that the import of Gita is nothing but surrender to the Feet of the Lord – Sharanagati.