ayanesu ca sarvesu
bhavantah sarva eva hi
Word for word:
ayanesu — in the strategic points; ca — also; sarvesu — everywhere; yatha-bhagam — as differently arranged; avasthitah — situated; bhismam — unto Grandfather Bhisma; eva — certainly; abhiraksantu — should give support; bhavantah — you; sarve — all respectively; eva hi — certainly.
Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
All of you must now give full support to Grandfather Bhisma, as you stand at your respective strategic points of entrance into the phalanx of the army.
Purport by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
Duryodhana, after praising the prowess of Bhisma, further considered that others might think that they had been considered less important, so in his usual diplomatic way, he tried to adjust the situation in the above words. He emphasized that Bhismadeva was undoubtedly the greatest hero, but he was an old man, so everyone must especially think of his protection from all sides. He might become engaged in the ﬁght, and the enemy might take advantage of his full engagement on one side. Therefore, it was important that other heroes not leave their strategic positions and allow the enemy to break the phalanx. Duryodhana clearly felt that the victory of the Kurus depended on the presence of Bhismadeva. He was conﬁdent of the full support of Bhismadeva and Dronacarya in the battle because he well knew that they did not even speak a word when Arjuna’s wife Draupadi, in her helpless condition, had appealed to them for justice while she was being forced to appear naked in the presence of all the great generals in the assembly. Although he knew that the two generals had some sort of affection for the Pandavas, he hoped that these generals would now completely give it up, as they had done during the gambling performances.