Seven Important Lessons from Mahabharata


This past weekend, the Indian television completed the airing of world’s largest Indian epic THE MAHABHARATA, and was widely successful, hitting millions of viewers daily. Its success followed that of another televised version of the epic that ran from 1988 to 1989. Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana.

The Sanskrit epic itself is the world’s longest epic poem, at 100,000 couplets or 1.8 million words. It narrates the struggle between the two groups of cousins in the Kurukshetra war and the fates of the Kaurava and the Pandava princes and their successors.
Here we are going to learn Seven important Lessons from Mahabharata.

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1. Quality over Quantity-

When Pandavas and the Kauravas were searching support before the war of Kurukshetra, both Arjun & Duryodhan came to take support from Shrikrishna.
Krishna gave them opportunity to select between his biggest Narayani sena & Other could have just him (without weapon). Duryodhan selected Narayani sena while on the other hand Arjun opted for ShriKrishna.
Arjun knew that even best resources like the world biggest Narayani sena is useless infront of Krishna Strategies and guidance.
So we learn that if something looks brighter, it doesn’t means to be gold. Select the things wisely either its your education or Job. Don’t run behind the quantity. Always remember quality matters.
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2. Encash OpportunityLife is always a learning process. Pandavas and Kauravas lived their childhood in Guru Dhronacharya’s Aashram. They learned shastra, astra vidhya under Guru Dhronacharya guidance. Later all of them return to Hastinapur Kingdom. Kauravas lived their next few years in Hastinapur and Pandavas lived their 13 years in exile. In this dark time also Five Pandava utilized it for learning new things. Bheem worshiped Lord Hanuman, which helped him to increase his strength and power.

Arjun worshipped Lord Shiv to get shastra & Astra, even got blessings with Lord Indira.
So we learn that despite of issues in life, one must focus on the process of learning. I have seen many of my friends learned so many new things in this Lockdown period and they were so happy to utilize this time period.
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3. Right Mentor-

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.”— Oprah Winfrey
A mentor is someone who can look up to. He/she is a person who guides you and helps you in making right decision. A Mentor Kick starts your goals that you set. Mahabharata had two Mentors, Shakuni for Kauravas and Krishna for pandavas.
He guided, advised Arjun at every step enabling him to go in the right direction and win the war. This is something that is talked about even today, while the feats of the Narayani sena on the battlefield are long forgotten. There are times when Krishna uses his influence and powers to smoothen the path of Arjun.
Be it your boss in office or parents at home, Right mentor will lead you to succeed in every part of your life. He will enlight your path for making best of yours.
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4. Being Focused 

It all begin during the gurukul learning, when Pandavas & Kauravas were studying Astra Vidya under the guidance of dhronacharya.
One day Guru decided took every Student in forest and gave a task to hit exactly in the bird’s eye with an arrow. The bird was sitting on the top branch of the tree.
Before performing the task, He asked everyone, what you can see ?
Everyone had some answer…Some Replied, I can see you guru and all my brothers too.
Some said, I can see forest, sun, blue skies, these trees, Bird, Leaves.
Guru stopped everyone to do the task, and he asked the same question with Arjuna.
Arjuna replied with Full confidence, I Can see the bird’s eyes Gurudev.
Dhronacharya gave permission to hit the bird eyes. And Arjuna exactly hitted the Bird’s eyes.
From this we learn that our focus should be on one particular thing and other distraction should be avoided by us, then only we can achieve our 100%.
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5. Half Knowledge is Risky-

Abhimanyu was son of Arjuna and nephew of Krishna. Once Krishna was telling Arjun how could he enter the chakravyuh and fight. He went on by hearing buzz for each sentence he said. Later on Krishna saw that Arjun was sleeping and all the buzz was coming from the womb of Subhadra, her sister. It was Abhimanyu who was listening the story.
During Kurukshetra battle, Abhimanyu when participated in Yuddh, He entered the Chakravyuha but have no idea how to exit it. It didn’t stop him from breaking the vyuha and facing the enemy of Kauravas. But in the end he lost his life.
All happened because of Abhimanyu’s half knowledge about the chakravyuh.
So whatever steps you are taking in life, you must have full knowledge about it. Having full knowledge will make you comfortable about the task and for sure you will end it up successfully.
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6. The bad Company 

Tell me with whom you associate, and I will tell you who you are- Johann wolfgang von

This is the one important lessons we can learn from Mahabharata that bad company can transfor our good decision into destructive one.
Shakuni, the maternal uncle of Duryodhan was the master mind of the bad company. Shakuni was upset when his sister got married to Dhritarashtr (a blind man). So he decided the whole strategy to make Duryodhan as a king of hastinapur.
He approached Pandavas for Gambling, Draupati chirharan, 13 years of exile of Pandavas and in last war with Pandavas.
It’s important to have a good team that gels nicely, more importantly if you work with good team like Pandavas, success will definitely knock your doors.
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7. Do what is Right

When the fight started, Krishna told Arjun to kill Bishmapitamah on the first day of the war. Arjun was very upset & thought how he will use weapons to kill his own Guru, Bishmapitamah, Brothers, Father, Uncle in this war. He falls into despair and refuses to fight.
At that time, Krishna reminds him of his duty as a Kshatriya to fight for a righteous cause in the famous Bhagavad Gita section of the epic.
” Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya, Glanirva Bhavathi Bharatha, Abhyuthanam Adharmaysya, Tadatmanam Srijami Aham “
Whenever there is decay of righteousness O! Bharatha And a rise of unrighteousness then I manifest Myself!
All the updesh from Shrikrishna leads Arjun to fight for the Dhram.
Giving right place/position for the right candidates will definitely let you to win the battle of life. Either its an office work or house work, it replicates every part of our lives.
That’s all in this article, there are still many things pending from Mahabharata. If I will try to write each and every point it will be very lengthy. So Mahabharata is an open learning ancient epic. Do read it and share your learning in the comment sections.
Happy Reading 😊

10 thoughts on “Seven Important Lessons from Mahabharata

  1. Superbly captured essence of Mahabharata.Thanks for sharing words of wisdom.

  2. You beautifully penned down these lessons from the ancient epic.

    Keep motivating!!

  3. super articulation ..every lesson is so relevant in todays time too ..thanks for sharing !! Inspired to do the right things..

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