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The inner war that is fought inside!

Updated on January 10, 2012

Lord Krishna teaching Bagawat Gita during war!

The war within our selves!

The game of Life has to be played well with enthusiasm. But always keep in mind, that it is just a game. Winning or losing is not important. Play it well! Why take life seriously? It is just a game. One side will win and other side will lose. Now let us see who are pitted against whom?

Here, I have to elaborate the above point with the great epic “Mahabarath”. In one side, there were five virtuous warriors who adhered to rules of righteousness. On the other side, there were one hundred warriors who are utterly selfish, hated others, and had extreme greed for kingdom and sovereignty. The hundred brothers adopted all means whether fair or foul to defeat the five virtuous brothers in all undertakings.

Peculiarly, all started with a game of dice. There were invitations from the hundred brothers to participate in the game. The humble and straightforward brothers who are five Pandavas accepted the invitations. There, the seed was sown for the great Mahabarath war in which several lakh of people laid their life. Remember, it started with a friendly game of dice. The Pandava brothers took it as a friendly game. They never doubted their cousins. This is the way of good people who consider all as good!

The friendly game took to ugly turns. Any game would not interest anyone if there are no stakes. It is odd that the hundred brothers have engaged their uncle Sakuni to play the game on their behalf. This man Sakuni is an evil minded one who always thinks about the ways to bring down the reputation of Pandava brothers. It was a game of deceit and not dice. Hence every time, the dice was thrown on the floor, Pandavas lost many things from their wealth. Gold, Silver, Ornaments, Pearls, Cows, Elephants, Horses etc., now they had nothing to pledge but they were made to believe that they can gain back all the treasures even if they win one game! This led to the pledging his own brothers, himself and finally his virtuous spouse Draupadi!

All those assembled in the Hall knew that it is a game of deceit and the wicked Sakuni who had the backing of Kauravas adopted many wrong ways to defeat them. Hence the dice game was a precursor to the great Mahabarath war in which many innocents laid their life either for Pandavas or Kauravas. What happened in the middle is a sad story of Draupadi. After winning all, the wicked Kauravas had the audacity to drag Draupadi to the hall in order to disgrace her. One brother Duschasana tried to remove the sari she wore! None could help her except Lord Krishna. He invisibly supplied mounds of saris which wrapped around her body when the wicked man tried to un robe her. As Duschasana was removing the sari, he was aghast to find one more sari wrapping around her to save her modesty. Unable to disgrace her, he fell down on the floor out of exhaustion. Draupadi was uncontrollable. She vowed that the wicked man who dragged her to the hall and tried to remove her sari would be killed in the war and his head would be shattered. Only after anointing her hair with the blood, she would tie her hair!

All those who were assembled there were shuddering after hearing the curse of Draupadi. In the war that ensued after thirteen years, all the wicked brothers of Kaurava clan were killed by the Pandava brothers who had Lord Krishna as the charioteer for Arjuna. Only afterwards, Draupadi tied her hair!

Now I will conclude this episode by telling the similarities in human life. The five brothers represent our five vital qualities of man. The hundred brothers represent the vicious thoughts we harbor in our mind. There is always a war ragging inside us between the five virtuous qualities and hundreds of vicious qualities. The Lord seated in the chariot of our body is the SELF. With the SELF guiding us, we too would emerge victorious!


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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I studied European and North American history - I do love history but I don't know much about the East. Hence, I love reading about it. You are one of my teachers and I thank You : )

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      saisarannaga 6 years ago from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India.

      Thank you. It is a real episode from history!

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Great write. I personally do not like gambling much. It ruins many lives, in many ways.


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      saisarannaga 6 years ago from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India.

      Thank you for the kind comments.

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      raakachi 6 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

      Fine ending with the comparison of our body with the 'Pandavas' and 'Gauravas',in which our 'self' acts as 'Krishna paramatma'. voted as beautiful.


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