(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Bhaktivedanta Manor, United Kingdom, 17 July 2019, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.45)

Bhismadeva was lying on a bed of arrows. I do not know if you ever had any injuries, but if you did, then usually you call the ambulance and that is it; off you go to the hospital. One arrow is enough. You can tell that one arrow or one bullet will do. But hundreds of them is far too intense! But somehow, Bhismadeva was lying on this bed of arrows, and he was totally self-contained. He was not overwhelmed whatsoever. He was able to do this not just by sheer willpower, but by not identifying with that excruciating pain and instead remaining completely calm and detached.

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