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Mahabharat: the ocean of Wisdom

When Pandavas were leaving for Varanavat, Duryodhana says,

“You are going so far, I worry for you” as an answer Yudhishtir replies, “Don’t worry for us, one who protects dharma is protected by God himself” and Bhim who was standing beside him retorts to Duryodhan “That’s why I always worry for you” and taunts him for not following dharma. While watching this scene of Mahabharat, a thought cropped up in mind, ‘is that why we are always worried for us only?’ I laughed on my own thought. At times, these kinds of ludicrous thoughts arrive in my mind and spoil everything. But sometimes these relieve my confusions too. I often get confused by some complex matters and try to solve it but end up even more confused. Nevertheless, I love it.

Mahabharat has always been my favourite though I couldn’t comprehend it thoroughly and I feel like my whole life is insufficient for that. It fosters contemplation and satiates my curiosity. However, sometimes it leaves me in confusion too. Yet I love it. Once one of the relatives was saying, “Mahabharat just unveils the rivalry within a family which ended up in a horrific war. Do we really have something to learn from it?”  No Mahabharat is not about enmity or war. It is about ideals, morals and reestablishing Dharma. Lord Krishna said, “Ideals, morals, dharma (not religion) are like buildings made by sand on the sea shore which shatters often and it should be reconstructed.”

I always thought why the path of truth and justice are so difficult? If it had been simple, everyone would have chosen the right path. There wouldn’t be anything wrong!! But Mahabharat made me realize that for a person who always says truth lying would be difficult and for one who has always been untruthful, saying truth would be tough. So my question itself was wrong.

I pondered why society demands sacrifices? Why one must sacrifice for the welfare of society? I couldn’t understand it. But after reading Mahabharat I learned that one must toil and moil for the welfare of the society and to establish morals, ideals. One must sacrifice too. Perhaps nothing goes wrong if we don’t, but like millions we too would disappear somewhere in the flow with time. The world admires those who sacrifice and struggle for the sake of people. Sacrifices may seize every pleasure and happiness, but it makes life more meaningful.

Life has taught me a great deal of lessons. I had learned that every problem is an opportunity to improve and revive. But yet I had confusions, I was left with few questions and I found answers in Mahabharat. I was brimming with pride that I have much patience, but it made me know how less I have! It showed how small I’m in front of the universe.

Mahabharat teach us to embrace both struggle and peace. We did not come here to avoid life, we came to know and experience life.  It teaches forgiving. If we don’t forgive we will be burning in the fire called vengeance.  It guides to root out the fear which resides in us. Fear is our biggest enemy. All crimes begin with some kind of fear. It emphasizes compassion which is the root of dharma. It reveals the power of faith and love. It seems the list of lessons which Mahabharat teach us would never end.

There is much more to learn from it I don’t know how I would be able to do that.  Like I said earlier my whole life is inadequate to grasp the lessons Mahabharat bestows and I don’t understand how some people make absurd statements on it. It is an ocean of wisdom and we can’t explore it in just one plunge.

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Shruthi Rao

Shruthi Rao

A cancer survivor dwells in a village of Hosanagara. Author of kannada book 'Baduka dikku badalisida osteosarcoma.' Interested in reading, writing,cooking and music.

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