By Swami Harshananda
Sātyaki was the son of Satyaka, a chieftain of the Yadu race. He was also known as Yuyudhāna. Throughout his life he was a devoted friend of Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna. No love was lost between him and Balarāma who always sided with Duryodhana. He accompanied Kṛṣṇa on all his major sojourns like attending the Rājāsuya sacrifice or the final peace mission. Not only did he advocate war with the Kauravas, he also took active part in it as one of the seven commanders of the Pāṇḍava army. He perished in the internecine quarrels of the Yādavas at Prabhāsa along with others.
- Balarāma means Kṛṣṇa’s elder brother.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore