Friday, May 29, 2009

Chapter 1

  1. Gandhi says: 'Mahabharatha is not history; it is a dharma grantha. .... In this battle, moreover, the warriors were, on one side, the sons of Dharma, Vayu, Indra and Ashwanikumars and, on the other, a hundred brothers all born at the same instant. Have we ever heard of such a thing happening? ....the epic describes the battle ever raging between the countless Pandavas and Kauravas dwelling within us.'

  2. Besides Karna, Duryodhana had good men like Bhishma and Drona also on his side. This suggests that evil cannot by itself flourish in this world. It can only do so if it is allied with some good. This was the underlying non-cooperation that the evil system which the [Colonial British] Government represents, and which has endured only because of the support it receives from good people, cannot survive if that support is withdrawn.

  3. Arjuna is asking, not whether it is necessary that should fight, but against whom he has to fight. If he did not wish to fight, he would have told Krishna so on the previous day itself. Krishna could not give any advise other than he gave in the Gita to Arjun that he should not make a distinction between others and his kin. Had Arjuna refused to fight in the middle of the battle ground his army would have been trampled to death by a larger army of Duryodhana.

1 comment: