Something Random

Posted: April 24, 2014 by Ankur in Contest, Writes...
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ContestWe have always been told about the two great epics of Hinduism; Ramayana and Mahabharata. Most of us have grown up listening to their stories, have been many times told not to have a temper like Ravana’s, to be as virtuous as Ram or to be as honest as Yudhishtir and to be beware of characters like Shakuni. So it got me thinking one day how in the times we are living, Mahabharata is more relevant than the Ramayana. In Ramayana everyone was way too nice for their own good. There was Rama who gave up on his “Rajya” just so that his father’s promise won’t go in vain. There was Lakshman who left his wife behind so that he could be with his brother in his hard times. And to top it all there was Bharat who refused to rule the kingdom which according to him rightfully belonged to his brother ( yes the same kingdom for which his mother sent Rama on a Vanavasa for 14 years). Inspite of everything that was wrong with Ravana, who was once a great scholar, he did lose his kingdom over his sister’s honor and never once did he dare to touch Sita without her permission. In the times we are living there is no way anyone would do any of these things for their family.

But cut to Mahabharata, where a son decides to become a celibate just so that his father can marry a young girl( Bhishma),  women are won by one in Syamvars and married to another(Ambalika, Ambika), a women is refused by her lover just because she was touched by another( Amba ), brothers are trying to kill each other ( Kaurav and Pandav), a student is refused education because of his caste( Karna, Eklavaya), daughter-in-law was shamed in front of the elders of the family( Draupadi). Maybe nothing so dramatic happens in our lives these days but some part of it is really true. Women were not treated with respect then and not even now. Brothers trying to kill each other over petty matters such as property, jewelry etc is not unheard of. And don’t even get me started on the topic of casteism. Along with the reality check it gives us, it does teach us all the important things in life too, the great friendship of Duryodhana and Karna( Duryodhana befriended Karna when he was at his weakest and Karna helped him back in his time of need), the art of plotting and planning from Shakuni( even though now-a-days the contestants of Roadies and Bigg boss can give Shakuni a run for his money), how to be strong like Kunti, Gandhari and Draupadi, how not to be just a viewer like Bhishma, Drona etc and speak up when necessary.  It teaches us to be unafraid of speaking out but to be brave enough for silence. It teaches us not to give into our weaknesses. It tells us never to blindly follow our elders but use our own minds. It asks us to remember how futile rage is and always believe in the power of forgiveness. And in the times when parents have become oblivious to their kid’s mistakes Vyasa makes us wonders if parents are naturally blind to shortcomings of their children like Dhritarashtra, or if they choose to be blind like Gandhari. And as Winston Churchill puts it so many years later “Nothing costs more and yields less benefit than revenge.” Nothing can be a better example of this statement than The Mahabharata. And last but not the least Krishna teaches us how it is important to keep doing hard work and not long for the fruits or as he puts it कर्म करते रहो फल की चिंता मत करो।

Cheers 🙂

Swati Garg

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