Yudhishthira: The Higher Hero

Mahabharata is an intellectual, spiritual and emotional journey of our incomplete lives finding answers by intuitive awareness or universal mind.

Each character creates their own rare mettle and excellence qualities that transforms them into a great hero but already the epithet of a hero cannot delete their numerous faults and mistakes. Immortal, these characters, only doers of their Karmas, have engraved a high legacy of their own thoughts, actions, and values for us to mirror upon. The unexpected twists of circumstances that happened in their lives find a stimulus for thinkers like us to analyse their personality or origin interesting inferences that bless us with wisdom to persevere our own journey.

“No other epic born in the land of Bharat than Mahabharata,

Has given birth to so many idols of radiance and excellence,

Each manifesting their own qualities,

Invigorating with penance and practice,

Some human, some celestial, descended by fate,

To meditate on revenge,

Embrace death with pride,

But not willing to surrender in any plight.”

MAHABHARATA: THE GOOD AND THE BAD –

Interesting stories of their past incarnations, the birth of the characters, mythological secrets that show their purpose, and beautifully versed saga traces how their lives turned them into legends. The womb of this grand epic has mothered and cried in pain for her five hundred children born over five generations. Each character outshines with their own combination of skills, personality and qualities in the monumental panorama. An epic great enough to adjust to each character, in spite of of gender, age, caste or position as they play a noticeable role as a sparkling ripple to create a momentary glitter in the great ocean of Mahabharata. So many characters but only one of them accumulated karmas to reach the shores of Nirvana by deeds and dharma.

The strengths and the accomplishments of Bhishma, the great grandsire was immeasurable. The valor of Pandavas and Kauravas the paternal cousins had no metaphor. Warriors like Drona, Dhrishtadyumna, Karna, Eklvaya, Ashwathama could defeat anyone on the earth. Braver than their fathers were the royal sons of Pandavas – Ghatotkacha, Abhimanyu, Yaudheya, Sarvaga, Niramitra, Suhotra, UpaPandavas.

The sacrifice made by Barbareek, the grandson of Pandavas, at the time of war is exceptional. Lord Shiva’s blessings had endowed him mystical powers that could finish off the complete war in a duration of five minutes leaving no scope for Arjuna, Karna or Bheeshma to characterize their valor. So extraordinary were his strengths and powers that lord Krishna had to need his life to eliminate him from the war. To appease Goddess Kali for victory in Kurushektra, Iravaan the son of Arjuna and Naga princess Uloopi, had sacrificed his life without a moment’s hesitation. Such noteworthy was the sacrifice that he attained the position of worship and gratitude.

When had we seen so powerful war deities plotted together at the same time in the epics written by history?

Pandavas were willing to accept five villages or if required agreed to settle for one village instead of their kingdom of architectural splendor and marvelous beauty – Indraprastha to avoid the losses suffered by war. Arjuna, Shri Krishna and Lord Agni together burned the Khandava Prastha forest causing death to the complete species of nagas, birds, animals, giants destroying the inhabitants to construct the great kingdom of Indraprastha. Different stories of Mahabharata mirror contradictory values and conflicting interests that leave deeper questions for thinkers like us to meditate on.

Duryodhana tricked Yudhishthira using fraud method to transform the friendly game into a disastrous trap of shame, loss and destruction. The consistent egoistic outlook and jealous feeling against the Pandavas forced Duryodhana to order the public humiliation of Draupadi that invoked an immortal wrath in the heart and mind of Pandavas.

To blunt the edge of the fate he refused to give one ounce of land to Pandavas. This was the same Duryodhana who had no lust for throne and had no intention of becoming a king by snatching his father’s crown. Duryodhana lived and died as the crowned prince of Hastinapura. History has no records of Duryodhana torturing or inflicting any cruelties on the people of Hastinapura including the womenfolk. Desirous to expand his kingdom, he was unlike many other barbaric kings and loved his elders, kingdom and dear ones inspite of knowing their love for the Pandavas. The original Mahabharat inked by Vedvyasa mentions that Duryodhana was a man of his words and followed the Kshatriya code with due diligence. Few of his positive images as a true friend, a good brother, a dedicated husband who loved Bhanumati so much that he never married a second time to create any alliance relationships for the expected war are worth appreciating. He had requested Karna not to do anything for him under the obligation of his friendship. Though painted as a villain, Duryodhana had a progressive mind and guts to create a social change at the time when traditions ruled, Duryodhana accepted him as his friend, crowned him the king of Anga, honoring Karna’s possible than his low-caste identity inherited from his adopted parents. Karna inflated to a heroic stature expanding his skills with divine weapons and celestial boons that posed a threat to the life of Pandavas and needed Krishna’s divine intervention.

These acts of goodness show that Duryodhana had a heart throbbing with love, kindness and fondness had someone else other than Shakuni mentored him since his childhood.

MAHABHARATA: strength TO CHANGE –

Each character has shown their possible by challenging and rebelling against the orthodox traditions, established socio-culture that enforced caste discrimination, strict patriarchal rule, virginity concept, code of conducts, gender inequality is exemplary and found in no other epic in history. Each character, be Satyavati, Amba, Kunti, Draupadi, Subhadra or Krishna, Bheeshma, Duryodhana, Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Karna, Vidura each in their own way, changed the old social order, influenced progression, embraced human responses and humanistic values, molded new social thoughts, and strengthened profound awareness for the ultimate regeneration of a drastic society.

MAHABHARATA: THE ULTIMATE VICTORY –

Pandavas were the sons of Kunti, Madri invoked from the Divine Gods as their husband Pandu was impotent.

Yudhishthira – Son of Kunti and Lord of Dharma, known as Ajatashatru, was the eldest of the Pandavas and Kauravas. A skilled spearsman, he lacked the capabilities of Arjuna and the strength of Bheema but his true asset was invincible Dharma (truth and righteousness). Despite the wicked plots played by the Kauravas, he managed to continue a decorum of resilience and harness the anger into learning and empowering his knowledge. The younger brothers looked upon him as their father, and he never allowed any personal bias to affect his decision or exhibited his sorrow to his younger brothers.

The Pandavas had maintained a rule that if any other brother enters the private chamber when another brother is with Draupadi, the guilty brother will have to go into an exile of twelve years. When Arjuna due to his warrior’s obligation enters the chamber, where Draupadi and Yudhishthira are in an intimate position, he becomes liable for the exile punishment. However, Yudhishthira forgives him from his heart and pleads with him not to go for the exile. His love for his brothers is valuable to him than anything else in the world.

Yudhishthira, known as Dharamraj, had revived his dead brothers by pleasing and satisfying the test of angry Yamraj, his divine father in the exile period. Patiently with a clean mind, he answers all the questions asked by the disguised Yamraj, giving the best philosophical insights to mankind. This episode known as the Yaksha Prashna, or Dharma Baka Upakhyan or Akshardham communicate loftiest ethics, sublime truths of life, enlightenment beyond the worldly appearances.

King Dhritarashtra was only afraid of Yudhishthira? Thinking, why so?

Yudhishthira’s angry eyes had the strength to burn everything and reduce it to ashes that fall within the range of his moment to peek briefly.

Losing everything his wealth, kingdom, grace and self-respect in the game of dice, Yudhishthira leaves Hastinapura blindfolded to protect Hastinapura from burning. Yudhishthira teaches us the lesson that one cannot escape the moral consequences of their actions as scripted in the law of Dharma.

Bheema and Draupadi, reprimand Yudhishthira saying he had no anger within him and a Kshatriya is incomplete without anger, he was better as an ascetic due to his ineffective character. Yudhishthira remained calm upon hearing these comments, he had learned to subdue his anger into learning mantras, secrets of powerful weapons, and a spiritual boon from respected sages and forwarded the knowledge to his brothers. When the Brahmins determined an auspicious day and time, Yudhishthira taught Arjuna the Pratismriti mantras so that Arjuna could leave for the Himalayas to gain divine weapons and other celestial weapons. The Pratismriti mantras enabled Arjuna to travel at the speed of light and reach the desired destination in a fraction of a second. With his exemplary leadership skills, Yudhishthira navigated by uncertainties, hardships, challenges, disruption transforming adversity into opportunity and advantage. Whenever you find yourselves in an unheard of situation dwell upon self-discovery and self-learning to reach growth.

“Vows are offerings made to God,

Vows are promises made to Soul.”

Our protagonists be male or female characters loved vow-making. The wonderful legacy of vow-making started from Bheeshma and continued with complete spirit by Amba, King Draupad, Draupadi, Arjuna, Bheema, Nakula, Krishna, Barbareek making it a style statement.

MAHABHARATA: WHY YUDHISHTHIRA?

Whom did Duryodhana consult for astrological predictions? Do you know the name of the expert astrologer in the Mahabharata? Besides, Yudhishthira who else lived an honest life without a stain of lie? Who possessed the mystical powers that could read the past, present and future having divine consciousness as his mentor? Arjuna was Krishna’s favourite but who had first recognized Krishna as a God and a deity to worship.

The game of dice has made Yudhishthira guilty for the complete catastrophe that fell on Pandavas and Draupadi. Why is the youngest Pandava, Son of Madri (second wife of King Pandu) and Lord Ashwini Kumar side-lined in the epic? Sahadeva is a holy hermitage vibrating positive energy, possessing knowledge equivalent to Devguru Brihasapati, performs ascetic austerities and meritious sacrifices, donates true astrological consultations to anyone who asks from him.

Meaning of the name Sahadeva – One who knows everything but nevertheless is silent.

Sahadeva preferred to keep his life as a mystery, remained silent most of the times and spoke when asked. Though skilled in economics, medicine, equestrian skills, bovine veterinary, politics and humanities he remained suppressed due to skills of Arjun and Bheema. Shri Krishna had taken a potential from Sahadeva that he will not use his sword in the Kurukshetra war else Bheema and Arjuna vows would have remained unfulfilled.

Pandu’s last wish was that his sons consume his brain to gain the complete knowledge acquired by him after spending years meditating and living life like a celibacy. Sahadeva fulfilled his father’s wish and consumed three bites of Pandu’s brain – the first bite imparted him powers to know the past and spirituality, the second bite showed him the present and omniscience, the third bite transmitted to him the future and Vedic knowledge. Divine powers are like a double-edged sword, blessed with powers to heal and hurt leaving no exception for Sahadeva. Why challenge the God, thinking on these lines, till the end he continued his silence and answered when asked by anyone. The most silent and strongest character, Sahadeva, absorbed himself in spiritual development to strengthen his moral abilities, intellectual thinking and psychic powers. Mahabharata mentions that an intelligent, transcendental strength continuously protected and mentored him so that he illuminates other lives and creates a society made up of high moral values.

After his holy bath and morning prayers, if anyone asked Sahadeva for any astrological guidance, he would provide a genuine solution to their problems. Duryodhana had twice taken major astrological consultations from Sahadeva,

1.) The favourable date and time to win in the game of dice

2.) The favourable muhurta to perform Tarpana (offerings to ancestors) to win the Kurukshetra war against Pandavas.

Sahadeva advised Duryodhana to create the ritual on a new moon day (Amavasya) that would ensure his victory in the war. To protect Dharma, the different with Krishna was to create a misconception and trick the rishis, gurus. By his powers, Krishna produced a miraculous eclipse, that confused, Duryodhana and he offered the tarpana one day before the day anointed by Sahadeva. This trick was the major reason for Duryodhana’s defeat and saved the Pandavas from losing the war like the game of dice.

Sahadeva’s psychic powers entitled him to ingemination the Bhagavad-Gita discourse given by Shri Krishna to Arjuna, an eternal message to the human race. A true devotee of Shri Krishna, an individual who knew everything, the most intellectual person was the secret meaningful of Pandavas success.

Some questions to ponder are why Sahadeva did not suggest Yudhishthira to refuse the dice game invitation? Why Sahadeva didn’t insist Krishna to join them in the dice game to avoid the complete humiliation episode. The intellectual person could atleast contribute any suggestions, ideas and advice for betterment. Yudhishthira condemned Sahadeva’s attitude of keeping knowledge to himself until consulted.

After Shri Krishna’s death, Pandavas and Draupadi resigned from the royal duties to start their Mahaprasthanika journey to go to the heaven. To reach the heaven they decided to climb the holy cosmological Mount Meru to reach heavens. In Hinduism, Mount Meru is the most holy and is the center of all physical, metaphysical, spiritual universes. The Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain cosmology have expressed the significance of Mt Meru, a polar center to seas and Himalayan Mountains, the height is 85 times the diameter of the complete earth.

Pandavas with Draupadi started their journey to cross Mount Meru and extent the empyrean Swargarohini Peak to make their ascent to heaven. The bright sun empowered them to walk in the thick woods, as they continued walking in the serenity of mountains, the silent valleys radiated a thorough sense of calmness and peace.

Snow-covered peaks loomed ahead, as the trail made its way to the last inhabitant on the borders of India. Trailing the thin mountain pass covered with dead leaves, foliages and shrubs, the way opened at the edges of river Alaknanda where a small beautiful village lived. Mana, the secluded village with few homes, chirping birds, shepherds, ponds, pristine wilderness slept in silence and beauty unaware of the outside world. In this snow-capped beauty, Vyasa and God Ganesha scribed the Mahabharata epic in the seven feet high snow-capped caves to show the ultimate teachings to mankind. As Pandavas and Draupadi pass the thin lanes of this enchanting village, history enveloped their minds and they stopped at the Vasundhara waterfalls to rejuvenate themselves. The myth behind this waterfall is that the cascading nectar sweet water-drops of Vasundhara falls do not touch an impure heart. Saraswati River takes birth in Mana village and confluences with the roaring Alaknanda River. Draupadi was afraid to cross the gushing Saraswati River so Bheema picked up two big stones and constructed the Bheema Pul.

Draupadi, the divine emerged daughter of King Draupad, queen wife of Pandavas, the composite avatar of Goddess Shyamala (wife of Dharma), Bharati (wife of Vayu), Shachi (wife of Indra), Usha (wife of Ashwins) and Parvati (wife of Shiva) fell like a ineffective creeper on the way. She looked pale, her body was cold, she took her last breath on the Bheema’s lap and died in peace realizing his unconditional love. The last words she uttered to Bheema before dying were to be born as the elder brother in next life.

Sahadeva the most intelligent, value-oriented person and astrology genius failed to reach the desired destination of Nirvana as he was proud of his knowledge and his silence was slightly responsible for the destruction. Unrivalled on the earth in beauty, Nakula, the undefeatable horseman who could ride a horse in complete speed in the rains and use his sword to deflect raindrops. He would appear complete dry. However, he lost in the race to reach the heaven as he was proud of his looks and beauty.

The admired warrior of Mahabharata, favorite devotee of Shri Krishna, son of Lord Indra and Kunti, Arjuna collapsed and died on way. Hero of the epic, restorer of Dharma, the great archer couldn’t escape the accountability of his sins. Proud and confident of his archery skills, unknowingly he had misused many divine weapons which affected and caused the extinction of countless species in the forestlands. Arjuna would follow Krishna’s words at the expense of his principles and values. Krishna played the role of Arjuna charioteer in the Kurushektra war, and guided him to win the war. Obeying Krishna he killed Bhishma and Karna using unfair way but the definition of unfair is unfair in the books of Dharma.

As an individual, Arjuna is responsible for neglecting his other wives (excluding Subhadra and Draupadi), new-born son from these other wives and leaving them in their father’s home post completion of marriage rituals. Arjuna considered marriage as an alliance strategy in the expected war. The non-execution of the responsibilities attached to these marriages, as a husband, father, son-in-law made him guilty of violating the codes of Social Dharma. Though it was Guru Drona’s decision to ask Eklavaya to offer his right thumb as Gurudakshina, Arjuna stood there as a insignificant spectator and not already tried to make an attempt to change his Guru’s mind.

Bheema the man of great size, enormous strength, gluttonous appetite, short-temper had a clean heart and simple attitude towards life. Though he was the perfect example of an angry young man, like a coconut he was loving, caring and a sensitive from inside.

Some of the good qualities that distinguished him from others were –

  • Never to think of anyone as inferior – he respected all human beings and attended to anyone in need of help.
  • Not to expect anything from anyone – he served his brothers in exile, did the maximum amount of work, received less attention from Mother Kunti and Draupadi but he continued to oblige his Social Dharma.

Ghatotkacha the eldest child among Upapandavas received no royal attention, love or consideration like Abhimanyu or other sons but Bheema kept quiet.

To respect all human beings- he married Hidimba though she was a demoness because she loved him. Love matters for him!

Bheema’s love for food, excessive greediness was a bad practice as per the Dharma. Though Krishna had instigated Bheema to kill Duryodhana using unfair method, the accountability of the sin deteriorated his chance to reach heaven.

Yudhishthra reached the gates of heaven in his human form after a life-long journey of experiences and clearing the divine tests by the Gods. He was the only human being to go into heaven in his mortal body and gain position equivalent to Prophet. When the son of Kunti and Dharmraj, reached heaven his strength of Dharma transformed him into a celestial being.

Yudhishthira’s journey to reach heaven did not start from the trail of Mount Meru, his journey started from his adolescence when he embraced the path of righteousness and consistent those values till the end of his life. Mahabharata teaches Dharma in the imperfect world living with imperfect people and how situations continuously check the ever-changing human behavior and character. The foundation of Dharma is outside the ambit of worship, rituals, principles, actions, charity but encompasses the inner motives, convictions, consciousness, wisdom and persistence. An individual and the arrangement of Dharma in the mind of the individual is regularly changing, eliminating the old, filtering and absorbing the new experiences that create the ultimate transcendence. Dharma is slow, nimble as per the universal good, you need patience to understand the inner insights and Yudhishthira, the son of Dharma, incarnation of Dharma on the earth is the notable example.

Krishna, the supreme strength of universe, tells Yudhishthira the battle of Kurushektra represents the conflict between dharma and adharma. It is important for dharma to win or it will affect people’s trust on dharma. If a lie is basic to win, then use that medium without hesitation to protect dharma. Speak the lie, let Drona confront consequences of siding with adharma.

Believing the logic and perspective mentioned by Krishna he uttered the first half-lie to his Guru Drona on the magnifying Kurukshetra ground. Drona had faith in Yudhishthira’s adherence to Dharma, hence hearing his words he lost his spirit to fight that became the reason for Drona’s death.

Humans cannot live as perfect models, and few slips will happen as already Drona was fighting against the truth. The most remarkable characterize of Dharma is the honest and customized feedback of individuals based on their conditions and intentions.

There on the apocalyptic battlefield laid the dead bodies of the greatest warriors history had ever known – Karna, Duryodhana, Bhishma, Uttar, Shalya, Dronacharya, Ghatotkacha, Abhimanyu, Dhrishtadyumna, UpaPandavas, Shikhandi, sons of Karna, Kauravas, Shakuni slain by each other. So, great was the productivity and strength of these warriors, if utilized effectively, the world would have witnessed an era of new social order, religious transformation, and knowledge expansion. The most fascinating part of Mahabharata is that every individual have a story to tell. A story that speaks in their own words, their viewpoints, and their heart attempting to revive the memories of a lifetime.

Karna, the ultimate hero, the real emblem of Dharma, a true friend, an illegitimate son of Kunti and Sun god sacrificed his complete life supporting Duryodhana and fighting for him. Krishna recognized Karna as the best warrior with a possible to rule the complete land of Bharata. You will discover a culture made up of dedication, sacrifice and loyalty ingrained in Karna. Every individual has some grey shades in their life and Karna is no exception to it. Considering the extent of pain and sufferings levied upon him, charity selflessly performed, goodness beneath the disguise of obligation, dharma abundantly blessed him.

Lord Krishna in a Brahmin’s concealment approached Karna during the final Karna-Arjuna combat and asks to donate his dharma. A great donor, he closest agrees and transfers his complete dharma to the Brahmin. Vedas say dharma is the soul of a human being and if individual loses dharma, the inner flame of the individual begins to extinguish. Within some hours after losing dharma, Arjuna defeats and wins the war by killing Karna using unfair method.

A hero lies awaiting death on a blood-soaked bed, memories flashing, donating his last gift of golden teeth, leaving a legacy woven by his misfortune, drawbacks, betrayal, curses, resentment, and non-acceptance for us to introspect.

Bhishma, the incarnation of Vasu Kumar, Son of Mother Ganges and King Shantanu, senior most family member of Hastinapura kingdom throughout remained bound by his vow to protect the throne. Knowing the orthodox perceptions associated with forcibly abducting princess from their Swayamwar, he committed this mistake and later it became the cause of his downfall.

Bhishma is conscious of his strength and authority in addition executes the role of a protector. Bounded in the potential of protecting the royal throne he turns a blind eye to the mistakes made by the later rulers. Being the father-figure in the family, he never took the helm to punish the princes for their wrong acts or reprimand them for their anger, jealousy, hatred, revenge arrangement.

Since ancient times, countless decisions are made under the weight of traditions and orthodox social values. A man of his verbatim, Bhishma respected and firmly believed in traditions and was not happy with certain decisions made by Pandavas. He knew the secret of Kunti’s illegitimate son but kept silent to preserve the honor of Hastinapura. Bheema’s marriage to demoness was slightly approved by him as the feelings in the relationship were pure and it was Bheema’s duty to protect the alone lady.

In those days, the practice of niyoga existed but widow re-marriage was something no one already dared to imagine. Arjuna, his favourite, married the widowed naga princess, the news came as a terrible shock to his valiant heart.

Krishna’s convinces that Draupadi’s marriage to five brothers is a consequence of Shiva’s boon and Bhishma accepts the uncommon marriage. But incidents like these continue, Vatsala eloping with Abhimanyu on her wedding day, humilitating the groom; Bhishma considers such acts as a threat to the royal traditions and culture. In comparison, no Kauravas disobeyed the royal traditions and cultural values making him feel close to the royal palace.

Countless choices lie under the weight of traditions and orthodox social values. Bhishma resisted change and hence could not be an immortal architecture of a new society. A society based on higher good drawing modern interpretations of dharma for universal good. Instead of focusing on Hastinapura and greater good he set his intent on the protection of king and king’s successors.

There is more to live for Bhishma!

Knowing Dhritarashtra’s blind love towards his son, Bheeshma could have taken the reins of decision-making but he remained a silent observe to every injustice suffered by the Pandavas. The Kurukshetra war is the price of all such silence.

It was Bheeshma’s responsibility to expand the resources of Hastinapura for creating a society with ideal civilization and moral values which would have served as a role form for upcoming civilizations.

The elderest son of Pandu, Yudhishthira is complete of truth, strongly adheres to Dharma, retains a calm mind in every calamity and in addition produces some weakness, misconceptions, manipulative tendencies. The three most notable incidents in Yudhishthira’s life – Game of Dice, Conversation with Nahusa (cursed to be a serpent), Yaksha Prashna, Yudhishthira has gifted mankind the answers to moral quests and spiritual, philosophical examination.

Yudhishthira is a grand reservoir of dharma and his knowledge is immortal in form of thoughts, words, insights and behavioral patterns. Besides, propagating dharma, Yudhishthira knows how to analyze the emotions and use emotional intelligence to win over people. Knowing the hostile ecosystem where they were living, the attractive character traits and good attitude characteristics of Yudhishthira bestows them popularity, fondness, and trust among people, kings, sages, demi-gods and Gods.

Seeing Dushassana dragging, kicking, abusing and undressing Draupadi to feast Duryodhana’s hungry eyes he controls himself and his brothers in the most searing moments of their life. Though Krishna offers Draupadi an endless garment to protect her dignity, Yudhishthira realizes his biggest mistake and accepts stinging words, the harsh blame of Draupadi, Bheema throughout his life.

Thinking thorough in higher consciousness, he explains to his brother and Draupadi that he is an instrument for fulfilling the divine intent and to show the world that at a metaphysical level the game of dice is on between the divine soul and the materialistic self. There could be no other perfect example than the Pandavas in form of five senses, Draupadi representing the body, mind and purity of soul. Together the five senses work and each sense is important to ensure the proper functioning of body, sending interpretation to the mind and connecting with the soul. The human entity is complete with the combination of five senses, healthy body, effective intellectual system, and presence of divine soul that can invoke divine intervention (Krishna) when needed.

Kauravas represent evilness, desires or materialistic ambitions that obstruct your higher spiritual attainment and inner peace. In Kaliyuga, this will be an exemplary to discriminate goodness and greed and the wise will origin true philosophical essence of living life from it.

already at the gates of heaven, he refuses to leave the dog that accompanied them on their journey and go into the heaven. At the last moment of leaving the earth and descending heaven, he weaved the most important story for mankind to comprehend.

Lord Indra asked him to abandon the dog as the dog is thin and old and unworthy of entering heaven. To cloud his thoughts, Indra tells him that his brothers and Draupadi are waiting for him in the heaven. Not every earthly creature gains access to heaven was the decision of King of Heavens. Yudhishthira’s reply to God Indra discloses his commitment and kindness to an animal.

“I am willing to abandon the joys of heaven, immortality of your heaven but not the dog. Let my brothers and Draupadi be happy in your garden of Amravati. They deserve the comforts of heaven for the hard times we had on the earth. I shall repay my debt of causing exile and disgrace to my brothers and Draupadi. The dog followed me in this tough journey with his complete loyalty, loved us without any expectations, and is dependent on me so I will rather go to hell with my dog. Forgive me for declining your invitation.”

I feel so amazed by his possible and capability to go into heaven in his normal human form. Extraordinary in managing his emotions and easing emotions to acquire results, he deserves a meaningful seat in comparison to other Mahabharata personalities. Karna is a powerful character than Yudhishthira, Karna is passionate by heart about following his own dharma and Yudhishthira immerses in dharma by learning, acquiring, absorbing and practicing. The trail Karna follows is of adharma overshadowing his valor, goodness and genuine identity. Krishna is the supreme illumination, avataar of Mahaavataars, ultimate abode, eternal, transcendental, unborn and we cannot draw any comparison between Yudhishthira and primal source of creation, Krishna.

Follow his path, to see the world from his perspective!

Mahabharata shows the way of life, but Yudhishthira is the only character who discloses the way of living life. Mahabharata is a grand epic and we cannot analyze it in one article or by one character or by one person’s thoughts.

The thinking continues but to sum it up, for now, I can conclude with three words that, Dharma protects you!

“I prostrate to the infinite splendor of Truth,

I prostrate to the glorious goodness and virtues,

Before Yudhishthira I prostrate,

For his infinite pearls of wisdom.

May the Dharma encased in you also guide my way forward in life.”

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