The great Arjuna and Lord Krishna as his charioteer in the

The great Arjuna and Lord Krishna as his charioteer in the “MAHABHARATA”.

In India’s rich cultural heritage there are many fascinating mythological stories that attract your attention and one such story is the legendary “MAHABHARATA”. A story of a family that tells you how compromise is the best solution to any problem rather than war which only leads to destruction. A story which also tells us that righteousness is the only way to live a happy and successful life. More importantly it is a story filled with fascinating characters and a plot filled with intrigue.

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Apart from Mahabharata having a fascinating plot what is also interesting is that although it was written thousands of years ago the issues discussed in it are still very relevant in modern Indian society even today. So be it the fight within a family for a piece of land or the issue of an “illegimate” child and its impact on a family and the society as a whole have been mentioned quite beautifully in this magnificent epic. This story which starts with the birth of the great Bhisma who also happened to be the grand uncle of both Pandavas and the Kauravas. It was this event that eventually lead to the great battle between the cousins as also providing a lot of lessons for the future generations to come in the Indian society. Unfortunately even today the Indian society has miserably failed to understand the pearls of wisdom on life that this great epic gives. For example the simple fact that the Mahabharata was based on a fight for a piece of land i.e. Indraprastha between brothers of the same family which eventually leading to the great war and the final destruction of clan. In similar vein in real life in modern day India there are innumerable cases where many families have been destroyed on account of the greed and it could vary from a battle for share in property or for just money and unfortunately this trend continues to the present day.

Unfortunately what we as a society have not learnt from this great epic is that to all problems in life there are solutions but to find a perfect solution a compromise which benefits all involved is a must. Yet unfortunately we as a society still do not understand the true value of a compromise due to the simple reason that our own petty ego and greed comes in the way of our logic and as a result we are not willing to compromise to get the appropriate solution. This  then results in complete destruction of the fabric of a family. What is a tragedy is that there are still no signs that we are prepared to learn from this great epic. Another aspect that has been mentioned in this epic and which is also relevant in the present Indian society is that of the issue of the “illegimate” child which was portrayed in the epic through the character in Karna. In today’s Indian society there are so many cases of parent’s abandoning their child either due to lack of finance or due to the sex being female which unfortunately in many parts in India is still considered a curse rather than a boon. While in the Mahabharata the agony of being of an illegimate child is shown through the character of Karna who even after realizing the fact that he is the elder brother of the Pandavas refused to betray Duroyodhan and the Kauravas in war. In today’s so called modern Indian society it is impossible to even imagine the agony of being an illegimate child especially since our society has not yet evolved and still remains an highly intolerant society especially pertaining to such issues.

Another feature in this epic which is quite striking is the love and respect shown towards a teacher. Unfortunately in today’s society this seems to be sorely missing and it is simply due to the fact that the younger generation have started to take things for granted. The perfect example in the Mahabharata is the love Arjun had for his teacher Dronacharya and vice versa. Such was his love for his teacher that he refused to kill Dronacharya even though he was with the Kauravas during battle. Unfortunately for today’s generation a teacher is just another professional doing his job and nothing more than that. Having said this unfortunately today’s teacher’s are also equally responsible for this sad state of affairs and, get into this noble profession only to make money and, not to educate the students with the right knowledge and values. What also is amazing in this epic is that it also provides some insight on how actual political leadership should be done to manage a country. In the epic it is the character of Lord Krishna which shows us the kind of political leadership that India solely requires at the moment. The kind of political leadership that this magnum opus is talking about is about having a long term vision while eliminating what is bad and keeping what is good for the country in mind. As was quite evident by every move that Krishna made which was with long term vision of installing the Pandavas to the throne as he knew that only the Pandavas would be beneficial to people and would allow people to prosper under them. Unfortunately though in the current Indian political system there is not a single leader who has shown a vision to lead the country and, to our misfortune all we are seeing at the moment are leaders only having a vision for themselves and for their future generations but not for the future of the society as a whole. The most important lesson from the Mahabharata comes in the form of the Bhagvad Gita in which Lord Krishna shares his great knowledge on the philosophy of life with the shattered Arjuna in which he says “Just do your duty first and forget about your rewards” which unfortunately has not been understood by the current Indian society which believes only in thinking about getting rewards first and then doing the duty accordingly which is a real shame.

With so many pearls of great wisdom hidden it is imperative that we as a society understand the real value of this epic. Unfortunately over the years due to rapid westernization of the Indian culture this epic seems to be fast becoming a forgotten myth which is really sad to say the least. As they say “It is never too late to mend” and so the time is perfect for us as the younger generation to take the legacy of the Mahabharata forward in our small own way so that hopefully our future generations will truly and deeply understand the real value of this magnificent Indian epic.

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In India’s rich cultural heritage there are many fascinating mythological stories that attract your attention and one such story is the legendary “MAHABHARATA”. A story of a family that tells you how compromise is the best solution to any problem rather than war which only leads to destruction. A...