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Top Characters of Mahabharata

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To be in harmony with the body (five elements represented by Draupadi), one must acquire five qualities or in other terms, live a focused life, full of strength and not being disturbed with loss or gain and finally working for the welfare of the society without showing partiality towards anyone.

  • Balanced mind: Yudhishthir (“sthir” or balanced in “yudh” or disturbed state of mind)
  • Focused vision (Arjuna)
  • Using internal power or strength (Bhima)
  • Not being partial or remaining neutral (Nakul)
  • Working for the welfare of the society (Sahdeva)

This way one can kill 100 negative qualities that a person can have (the 100 Kauravas). The hundred negative qualities are acquired because of cunningness (Shakuni), not working with the eyes of the soul (Dhritarashtra) and keeping a blind eye to any wrong happening (Gandhari).The main negative qualities are taking decisions in day–to–day life situations (Duryodhana: dusht in yudha or war) and making wrong choices as a ruler (Dushasana: dusht and shasan).The positive qualities once acquired will also win over other negative qualities like blind faith or undue attachments (Bhishma pitamaha); unrighteous loyalty (Dronacharya) and unrighteous ego (Karna).

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are entirely my own.

Direct all your energy towards the soul and not the ego

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The epic Mahabharata can also be understood as a science of inner Mahabharata happening in everybody’s mind.

Lord Krishna symbolizes the consciousness and the five Pandavas, the five positive qualities of a person namely, righteousness (Yudhishthir), focus (Arjuna), power to fight injustice (Bheem), helping others (Sahdev) and learning to be neutral in difficult situations (Nakul). Panchali indicates the five senses, which can only be controlled when these five forces are together.

Dhritarashtra symbolizes ignorance, Duhshasan negative ruling quality (dusht while ruling) and Duryodhana (dusht in yudh) one who is not balanced in war.

Conscious-based decisions need to be taken to kill the negativity in the mind. Every action, if directed towards the consciousness or the soul, is the right action. To kill all the 100 Kauravas (the 100 negative tendencies a person can have) controlled by Duryodhan and Duhshasan along with Shakuni (the negative power of cunningness), positive qualities have to be redirected towards consciousness and then take right decisions.

The five Pandavas (positive qualities) made soul (Lord Krishna) as their point of reference (Sarthi) and won over the evils (Kauravas).

Bhishma Pitamah, Karna and Dronacharya, individually all had winning powers; but, they all supported negative thoughts and made Duryodhana as their point of reference and ultimately had to die.

The message is very clear, if one directs his or her positive powers towards ego as the reference point in long run, they will be of no use and, in fact, will be responsible for one’s destruction.

Ravana too was a great scholar but he directed all his energies and powers towards his ego and ended up in misery.

Therefore, one should cultivate a positive mental attitude, positive thoughts instead of directing them towards desire, attachment or ego and should direct them to soul/consciousness for a positive outcome.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own)

Understanding exact speech

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Upanishads, Yogasutras of Patanjali and teachings of Gautam Buddha, all talk about “the right speech”. As per Gautam Buddha, the right speech has three components:

  1. It should be based on truthfulness.
  2. It should be necessary.
  3. It should be kind.

All three have to be in the same sequence with truthfulness taking the top ranking. For example, when a patient asks a doctor, “Am I going to die in the next few weeks or will I survive longer?” The truth may be that he is serious enough and may not survive but it is not necessary to speak the truth and also it is not kind. Therefore, that truth should not be spoken.

Lord Krishna in Mahabharata explained when not to speak the truth and when to speak a lie. The truth which is going to harm the society may not be spoken and a lie which can save the life of a person without harming others may be spoken.

  1. A truth which is necessary and kind may be spoken.
  2. A truth which is not necessary but kind may not be spoken.
  3. A truth which is necessary but not kind may not be spoken.
  4. A truth which is neither necessary and nor kind may not be spoken.

Top Characters of Mahabharata

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To be in harmony with the body (five elements represented by Draupadi), one must acquire five qualities or in other terms live a focused life, full of strength and not being disturbed with loss or gain and finally working for the welfare of the society without having any partiality towards anyone.

  1. Balanced mind: Yudhishthir (“sthir” or balanced in “yudh” or disturbed state of mind)
  2. Focused vision (Arjuna)
  3. Using internal power or strength (Bhima)
  4. Not being partial or remaining neutral (Nakul)
  5. Working for the welfare of the society (Sahdev)

With this, one can kill 100 negative qualities that a person can have (the 100 Kauravs). The hundred negative qualities are acquired because of cunningness (Shakuni), not working with the eyes of the soul (Dhritarashtra) and keeping a blind eye to any wrong happening (Gandhari).

The main negative qualities are taking decisions in day–to–day life situations (Duryodhana: dusht in yudha or war) and choosing wrong choices as a ruler (dusshasana: dusht and shasan).

The positive qualities once acquired will also win over other negative qualities like blind faith or undue attachments (Bhishma pitamaha); unrighteous loyalty (Dronacharya) and unrighteous ego (Karna).

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).

Even the elderly should exercise

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Research has found that older runners live longer and suffer fewer disabilities than healthy non runners. This observation applies to a variety of aerobic exercises including walking. A study by authors from Stanford University School of Medicine published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has shown that being active reduces disability and increases survival. There are benefits of vigorous activity late in life. Earlier many experts believed that vigorous exercise would actually harm older individuals. And running in particular would result in an epidemic of joint and bone injuries. But this new study proves otherwise. Two hundred and eighty four runners and 156 healthy controls or non runners in California completed annual questionnaires over a 21 year period. The participants were 50 years old or over at the beginning of the study and ran an average of about four hours a week. By the end of the study period the participants were in their 70s or 80s or older and ran about 76 minutes a week. At 19 years just 15 percent of the runners had died compared with 34 percent of the non runners. In the study running delayed the onset of disability by an average of 16 years. It s so important to be physically active your whole life not just in your 20s or 40s but forever. Exercise is like the most potent drug. Exercise is by far the best thing you can do. One should take lessons from Yudhishthir in Mahabharata who walked till his death. However a word of caution if an elderly is walking or entering into an exercise program he or she should have a cardiac evaluation done to rule out underlying heart blockages.

The lips of truth shall be recognized forever, a lying tongue is but for a moment

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This sutra from Bible has a very deep significance in day to day life. The truth is ever lasting and always ends up in internal happiness and self realization. And in the long run it always gives you happiness and an all win situation. A lying tongue on the contrary will only give you a momentary pleasure but will lead to or create some difficulty later in life. Spoken words cannot come back just as in the case of a released arrow from the bow. Once lost one cannot get back his youth virginity or respect. Similarly spoken bad words cannot be taken back and once spoken will create negative waves in the other persons on whom they were spoken mind which will persist as repressed thoughts or memory in the people s mind forever. Such bad memories will keep on coming back in the person s mind causing damage to the personal relationships. A spoken word is a karmic expression. For every karmic action there is an opposite and equal reaction. For every negative karmic action one has to pay the debt either now or in future. The law of karma says that every debt has to be paid. It is always better to avoid negative language both in spoken words as well as in the mind. The yoga sutras of Patanjali describe thinking speaking or doing anything wrong as having the same karmic significance. We should not only purify ourselves in actions and spoken words but also in the mind. If a person keeps negative thoughts in the mind sooner or later the same will be reflected to the outside world. The momentary pleasure which one gets by lying has no spiritual significance as it only satisfies your ego sense or makes you attached to any of the five senses. The transient pleasure experienced by the body stimulates a chain of reactions consisting of action memory and desire leading to action again which will only intensify the greed attachments. In the Mahabharata Lord Krishna has given only two examples which work as an exception to such a situation. Any truth which harms others may not be spoken and any lie which does not harm anyone but benefits a few may be spoken. Truth is the opposite of doubt and it is always better to clear all the doubts from the mind as any repressed doubts can end up into causation of heart attack paralysis and cancer. Truth also means taking conscious based decisions as the consciousness will never lie. While taking any decision always ask oneself Is it the truth Is it necessary And will it bring happiness to me and the people around Lord Krishna is also described as Satchitanand which only indicates qualities like truthfulness conscious based decisions and internal happiness. Truthfulness has to be practiced for over a period of time and made a part and parcel of your daily life. To start with a person may have bad experiences but in the long run truthfulness will always win. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Top Characters of Mahabharata

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To be in harmony with the body (five elements represented by Draupadi) one must acquire five qualities or in other terms live a focused life, full of strength and not being disturbed with loss or gain and finally working for the welfare of the society without having any partiality towards anyone.

  • Balanced mind: Yudhishtir (“sthir” or balanced in “yudh” or disturbed state of mind)
  • Focused vision (Arjuna)
  • Using internal power or strength (Bhima)
  • Not being partial or remaining neutral (Nakul)
  • Working for the welfare of the society (Sahdev)

With this, one can kill 100 negative qualities that a person can have (the 100 Kauravs). The hundred negative qualities are acquired because of cunningness (Shakuni), not working with the eyes of the soul (Dhritarashtra) and keeping a blind eye to any wrong happening (Gandhari).

The main negative qualities are taking decisions in day–to–day life situations (Duryodhana: dusht in yudha or war) and choosing wrong choices as a ruler (dusshasana: dusht and shasan).

The positive qualities once acquired will also win over other negative qualities like blind faith or undue attachments (Bhishma pitamaha); unrighteous loyalty (Dronacharya) and unrighteous ego (Karna).

Top Characters of Mahabharata

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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To be in harmony with the body (five elements represented by Draupadi) one must acquire five qualities or in other terms live a focused life, full of strength and not being disturbed with loss or gain and finally working for the welfare of the society without having any partiality towards anyone.

Balanced mind: Yudhishtir (“sthir” or balanced in “yudh” or disturbed state of mind)
Focused vision (Arjuna)
Using internal power or strength (Bhima)
Not being partial or remaining neutral (Nakul)
Working for the welfare of the society (Sahdev)

With this, one can kill 100 negative qualities that a person can have (the 100 Kauravs). The hundred negative qualities are acquired because of cunningness (Shakuni), not working with the eyes of the soul (Dhritarashtra) and keeping a blind eye to any wrong happening (Gandhari).

The main negative qualities are taking decisions in day–to–day life situations (Duryodhana: dusht in yudha or war) and choosing wrong choices as a ruler (dusshasana: dusht and shasan).

The positive qualities once acquired will also win over other negative qualities like blind faith or undue attachments (Bhishma pitamaha); unrighteous loyalty (Dronacharya) and unrighteous ego (Karna).

Direct all your energy towards the should and nor the ego

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The epic Mahabharata can also be understood as a science of inner Mahabharata happening in everybody’s mind.

Lord Krishna here symbolizes with consciousness and the five Pandavas with five positive qualities of a person and they are – righteousness (Yudhishthir), being in focus (Arjuna), power to fight injustice (Bheem), helping others (Sahdev) and learning to be neutral in difficult situations (Nakul). Panchali indicates 5 senses which can only be controlled when these five forces are together.

Dhratrashtra symbolizes with ignorance, Duhshasan with negative ruling quality ( dusht while ruling) and Duryodhana (dusht in yudh) with one who is not balanced in war.

To kill the negativity in the mind, one has to take conscious based decisions. Every action, if directed towards the consciousness or the soul, is the right action. To kill the 100 Kauravas (the 100 negative tendencies a person can have) controlled by Duryodhan and Duhshasan along with Shakuni (the negative power of cunningness), one has to redirect one’s positive qualities towards the consciousness and take right decisions.

The five Pandavas (positive qualities) made soul (Lord Krishna) as their point of reference (Sarthi) and won over the evils (Kauravas).

Bhishma Pitamah, Karana and Draunacharya, all had winning powers individually but they all gave support to the negative thoughts and made Duryodhana as their point of reference and ultimately had to die.

The message is very clear – if one directs his or her positive powers towards ego as the reference point in long run, they will be of no use and, in fact, will be responsible for one’s destruction.

In Ramayana, Ravana was a great scholar but he directed all his energies and powers towards his ego and ended up in misery.

One should cultivate, therefore, positive mental attitude, positive thoughts instead of directing them towards desire, attachment or ego and should direct them to soul/consciousness for a positive outcome.

About the author: Dr K K Aggarwal is Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee, President Heart Care Foundation of India and National Vice President Elect IMA [ blog.kkaggarwal.com]

To be in harmony with the body (five elements represented by Draupadi) one must acquire five qualities or in other terms living a focused life, full of strength and not getting disturbed with loss or gain and finally working for the welfare of the society without having any partiality towards anyone.
1. Balanced mind : Yudhishter (“sthir’ or balanced in “ yudh or disturbed state of mind)
2. Focused vision ( Arjuna)
3. Using internal power or strength ( Bhima)
4. Not being partial or remaining neutral (Nakul).
5. Working for the welfare of the society ( Sahdev)

With this one can kill hundred negative qualities a person can have (hundred kauravs). The hundred negative qualities are acquired because of cunningness (shakuni), not working with the eyes of the soul (Dhritarashtra) and keeping a blind eye to any wrong happening (Gandhari).
The main negative qualities are taking decisions in day to day life situations (Duryodhana: dusht in yudha or war) and choosing wrong choices as a ruler (dusshasana: dusht and shasan).
The positive qualities once acquired will also win over other negative qualities like blind faith or undue attachments (bhishma pitamaha); unrighteous loyalty (dronacharya) and unrighteous ego ( Karna) .