Subtle Dharma 1

Mahabharata is always been a curious topic of interest for me. Even its opening verse can mesmerize anyone – “What is here, is found elsewhere; what is not here, is nowhere?”

Strange… isn’t it? But it is still true, despite being written after five thousand years..!!

The Mahabharata war took place in Dwapar Yuga in Kuru clan over the throne of Hastinapur Kingdom. Although there were many other reasons responsible for the war but throne was the vital one. The family divided between two groups namely Pandavas and Kauravs and the series of War, politics followed. You can always take help of “Google Bhai” to read the story line. 🙂

It was a greatest war war which teaches us many moral lessons. And I feel that  we Indians are blessed that we have so rich cultural history. I remember those Sunday mornings by waking up hearing its background score, so I guess many of you. I have found its background score you can revisit it here. ()

I have observed some points of it and I want to share it with you.

Arjuna – I guess most of you know who is. He was the greatest archer, Student of Dronachayra and intimate friend and devotee of Lord Krsna.

We have seen many people name after him but not on his brothers; why? If we compare him to his elder brother Yudhishthara he was nothing. But despite this we love him. Remember it was Dharma raj Yudhishtharas chariot which used to ride slightly above the ground. But still we don’t portray him in real life. So it makes me raise some questions.

:: Why nobody does name their children’s after Yudhishtara, Bhishma, Sehdev? They are also the protagonist of the epic. Then why we have not done justice with them by naming our children after them? In nation, like us where naming places/children’s after any famous cricketer, actor, Historical figure is common phenomenon, seems strange and unjust; isn’t it?

The psychology behind this idea is to recall that specific characteristic, idea and quality that person possessed. So that it shall remain in our memory and influence our actions. If you agree with this, it implies that we don’t value truthfulness and righteous conduct that Lord Ram and Yudhishthara possessed. And thus it makes us hypocrites..!! (Read “Worshippers of Ram, Followers of Ravan” post)

But same people are okay to name after Arjuna? The question is WHY? If we compare Arjuna to his elder brother Yudhishthara (who happens to be the epitome of truthfulness, grace etc. looks a cheater, deceiver in comparison.) was a deceiver.

Does that mean we choose lie above truth? If your answer is no, then why nobody is named after him Yudhishter?  Who is the greatest example of it?

Are we not the rational beings*?  Yes, we are but when it comes to choose between the Pandavas brothers, I guess everyone’s universal choice is Arjuna only.

Now a days People just pretend to be truthful until they get power and loopholes in the system to commit the evil acts (no example can par with our ex- telecom minister A. Raja, His scam is so huge that he can even purchase some African countries from that money).

{To be continued……}


 [*Plato thought ,it was impossible for rational beings to do wrong knowingly, But Aristotle disagreed, and he felt that Plato’s view contradicted the observed facts about ordinary human beings. He believed that a person may have the knowledge but may not use it. Indian thinkers seem to have shared Aristotle practical view. They believed that ‘people do, in fact, act against their moral conviction and this is an unhappy fact about us.’- Source Wikipedia]


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