Mahabharata. The epic story that actually people can relate to. The story that was written, almost as if it was the ancient directive for people of the modern times, to read, understand, and apply the principles of to their lives. Every lesson leads to the next one.
The way Karna’s life moved, we realised, more often than not, that the world is an evil place to survive in. And to ace it, we must understand how it really works. Being kind, humble and generous is not enough to live life
We all hate Shakuni mama, don’t we? He literally destroyed everything that the Kauravas owned, and he influenced them to be negative. If it wasn’t for him, the war wouldn’t have happened at all. Bad company can ruin your life beyond imagination.
The Pandavas had Lord Krishna, and the Kauravas had Karna. Both of them always backed the two parties, no matter what. In fact, Duryodhana was really weak without Karna. Unconditional support and loyal friends can take you places.
100 Kauravas were difficult to control. practically speaking, how do you divide an entire empire when there are so many sons? Too many kids can be problematic
Learning household chores like cooking and cleaning can actually be beneficia. Such skills definitely make your life easy, less stressful and keep you occupied. We learned this from the Pandavas’ experience of an exile in the forest.
The Pandavas never stopped fighting for what rightfully belonged to them. Their courage and determination are definitely something to admire and learn from. You need to fight for what you think belongs to you.
Dhritrashtra’s love for his son was blind. Throughout the epic, he remained torn between his principles and keeping his son happy. Somehow this made Duryodhana even more evil than what he already was, leading to awful consequences and the war. Being too emotional can be a bad idea.
If Pandavas didn’t have Krishna and his master plan, they wouldn’t have witnessed the victory they did. Always have a plan. A good strategy is what you need to sail your boat.
Out of the many things that the great epic Mahabharata teaches us, one thing that has always made me reflect a lot is about the “unintended consequences” of our actions. Everything that we do, has not one, but at least two consequences. One that we intend and the others that we don’t. Often, it is the latter that is far more impactful and so it is always good to watch out for them. Many a time, in our personal and professional lives, we tend to ignore these unintended consequences of our actions, and often plead innocence based on our original intent, which did not factor in the said consequences. What we fail to take notice is that, while the intent is known only to us, the content of what we do can have many connotations based on the context and who all are the participants in it. So, until and less we know the exact way how each participant in the said context is going to interpret what we did, we can’t assume or take for granted their understanding of our intent, worse still, their consent for it! Hence, we need to really think a bit more about what could be the possible.
Black and white have never been the colours that humans were destined to be seen in. And if they ever were, those humans are long gone. Grey is the Color that aptly describes us as people now. There is no absolute right or wrong. To the son of a thief, his father will always remain his father, no matter what. And he would always cherish and respect him for all the good that he has done. Nothing changes the fact that he is a thief. And nothing changes the fact that apart from all the wrong he has done, there would be something in him that would point at the other side of him. A better side, perhaps.