The great Indian epic: Mahabharata was written ages ago but it still holds a great piece of information and motivation.
Another holy book: Bhagavad Gita as told to Arjun by Lord Krishna during the Mahabharata also serve a great purpose to life.
1- Society is a bitch:
Remember the birth of Karna? He was better than all, he was the son of god, no one could beat him in Archery, he was the epitome of kindness and yet he was deprived of everything he deserved just because society did not approve of his birth. He was subjected to humiliation over and again for having born in a family of Suta.
2. Lechery is doom
Kichaka was the army chief of Matsya kingdom under the king Virat. During the Agyatvas, the incognito period of the Vanavas, Draupadi lived in the palace of Matsya as a hand-maiden. Kichaka saw her and went after her maddened by lust. When She refused, he tried to force himself upon her and kissed her. Draupadi avenged him by seducing him to the dance hall where Bheema killed him in a single blow…. so much for a kiss!!
3. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
Abhimanyu learned how to enter a Chakravyuh, the battle formation while in his mother’s womb but never learned how to get out of it. He devoured the formation on the 13th day of the war but was brutally killed as he could not get out. Little knowledge is deadly, indeed
4. Love thy children but do not let it be blind.
Dhritarashtra was blind both literally and figuratively in the epic. In spite of repeated words of caution by Bheeshma, Vidura, and Vyasa he turned a blind eye on the activities of his children. As a result, everyone died and the world witnessed a deadly war.
5. Wit is mightier than the sword
Narayani Sena, the deadliest of the armies of the ancient world belonged to Lord Krishna. When Duryodhana and Arjuna both visited Krishna asking for help, Duryodhana chose Krishna’s army while Arjuna chose his wit. And as the battle unfolds, the strategy of Krishna helped Pandavas emerge victorious leaving Duryodhana as the most hated villain for centuries.
6. I’d do anything for love
Yudhishtir was a father figure to rest of the Pandava. In no circumstances, they would disobey him. And yet, when Panchali, the love of Pandava was gambled away in a game of dice by their respected brother, Bheema said:” I will cut off the hands that can gamble away Panchali”. Such was the love of Bheema for Panchali who ironically loved Arjuna instead, above everyone else.
7. Cheating might get you around but in the long run it will come back and haunt you.
Parashuram vowed that he would never take a Kshatriya, the warrior clan, as his disciple. But Karna wanted to learn warcraft and in his quest, he lied his way as a Kshatriya to Parashurama’s Ashrama. He learned all weapons and returned as the most dreaded warrior of Aryavarta. But due to a curse from Parashurama for lying to him, Karna forgot everything at the last hour and died at the hands of his arch-rival Arjuna.
8. Everything is fair in love and war
Mahabharata war was a war to uphold Dharma, the code of honor and yet it was broken by the protagonists again and again. Duryudhana was given a boon by Gandhari to have a body as heard as steel. He was again played by Lord krishna and couldnot get his thighs and groin to be under the boon. And when the climactic battle between Bheema and Duryudhana took place, Bheema broke the code of the fight by hitting Duryudhana under his waist, killing him in a fatal blow.
9. Some people cry and some people die in the wicked ways of love-
Amba, the princess of Kashi was abducted by Bheeshma to be married to his stepbrother. But when he found out that she loved the King of Salwa, he released her. She went back to Salwa only to be refused by her lover. Dejected she came back and asked Bheeshma to marry her. Bheeshma would never break his oath, so enraged she went from kings to kings to find someone who would challenge the invincible Bheeshma. Of course, no one dared and she killed herself promising that she will return to avenge Bheeshma. In the next birth, she killed mighty Bheeshma as Shikhandini, the eunuch from Panchala. True, love is vengeance.
10. It does not matter how skillful you are, to be on top you need charm.
Bheema was the most powerful among Pandava. He killed both villains in the epic- Duryodhana and Jarasandha. He saved the girl (Draupadi) in all encounters but he was blunt. So a dude called Arjuna, who does nothing but kills his opponent (Karna) when he did not have a weapon, got to be the hero. Charm is the thing.
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