Thursday, August 4, 2016

An enemy hurts always

An enemy hurts always.

Ramayana and Mahabharata are the two ancient epics of India are teaching great lessons of life for centuries. 

A fight for kingdom between two cousins ends in killing of the army of 18 Akshauhini, 11 of Kauravas and 7 of Pandavas. A group of one elephant, one chariot, 3 horses, 5 foot soldiers add up in different formations. An Akshauhini, by calculation, contains 21,870 elephants, 21,870 chariots, 65,610 Horses, and 109,350 foot soldiers. Killing of 1.968 million people! Whether this number may be true or false looking at the forest cover and population of those days may reviewed separately, but the lesson of story is loud and clear that wars may establish Dharma but at the cost of millions of lives. 

After Duryodhana loses the mace match with Bhima, Pandavas felt that the war is over and they become victorious. But they didn't move out of the field that night. It turned into a Kalratri of their life. Duryodhana was injured badly with broken thighs. His prana was not leaving. His two companions were still alive: Ashwatthama (son of Guru Drone) and Kritavarma (the Chief of Krishna's Narayani Yadav Sena). As there were no rules left to follow in that war, Ashwatthama, with the help of Kritavarma, carried out a night attack and slaughtered Dhrishtadyumna (the Pandava commander-in-chief), Shikhandi and the five sons of Draupadi. A big loss to Pandavas after winning the war. 

It was not ended there. Kritavarma, the chief of Yadav army returned to Dwarika. As Krishna was the chief advisor from Pandava side and Arjun killed the opponents including the Narayani Army, Kritavarma became disobedient of Krishnas command. He with Sham (the son of Krishna and son-in- law of Duryodhana) made the Yadavas alcoholic. And in the series of taunts and insults, they fought amongst themselves and killed each others. At the end, entire Yadav Kula including Krishna and Balram died.

Pandavas left Duryodhana in unconsciousness status who made Ashwatthama the commander in chief. Pandavas left Ashwatthama alive as son of the Guru and Kritavarma as the Chief of their friend Krishna's army. Both became the destroyer of the entire race of Pandavas and Yadavas. Due to destiny Parikshita, the son of Abhimanyu survived though blessings of Lord Krishna though he was born dead (due to Brahmashtra of Ashwatthama); and Pradhyumana, another son of Krishna carried the race farther.

Krishna and Pandavas, who could manage the war of 18 days and won it against the 11 Akshauhini army of Kauravas headed by Commander in Chief: Bhisma (10 days), Drona (5 days), Karna (2 days), Shalya (1 day); couldn't manage that Kalratri against Ashwatthama and Kritavarma. 

Krishna who managed the entire war of Mahabharata couldn't manage his son and his friend Kritavarma. 

Enemy is enemy, how so ever small he/she may be, will act for destruction till his/her last breath. 

सर्पदुर्जनोर्मध्ये वरं सर्पो न दुर्जन: ।
सर्प: दंशती कालेन दुर्जनस्तु पदे पदे ॥

When it comes to comparison between a serpent and a wicked person, it is the serpent who is the better of the two. (Because,) a serpent bites occasionally( very seldom). But, the wicked person stings(causes pain) at every step(always).

Disease and enemy be destroyed at first sight.

Beware of enemies. Better to make them friends.

4 August 2016


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