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10 Things we should learn from the Mahabharata?
- Never covet that which is not yours to claim. Duryodhana’s jealousy towards the good fortune of the Pandavas led to his ultimate downfall.
- Trusting someone blindly because they supported you when nobody else did is foolhardy. Karna trusted Duryodhana blindly and was never able to see through his vile intentions which were to make use of him.
- Half knowledge is a dangerous thing. Cases in question → Abhimanyu and the Chakravyuha, and Ashwatthama and the Brahmastra.
- Eating a million delectable dishes does not make you an excellent cook. Yudhishthira’s passion for the game of dice did not automatically make him an excellent player. It was wrong of him to assume that he is.
- Quality over Quantity. Duryodhana chose the Narayani Sena over Krishna, while Arjuna chose only Krishna even if He wouldn’t pick up arms. We all know what happened next.
- Concentrate more on doing the work well rather than on the end results. You will get what you deserve for the hard work you have put in. If you concentrate more on the results, you will never be satisfied.
- Think before you speak. The whole epic is filled with incidents where speaking without thinking has led to enormous problems.
- Keep an eye on the company your kids keep. If Gandhari had not shut her eyes and ears to whatever poison her brother was feeding her children, they wouldn’t have turned out this bad. Parents blinded by their love for their children often overlook their minor childhood faults which later snowball into permanent character flaws.
- Never play games with a woman who knows how to play it better. Especially if her name is Draupadi and if she is the wife of somebody like the Pandavas. This is a lesson people like Duryodhana, Dushhasana, Jayadrata, and Keechaka learned in the most painful way.
- You reap what you sow. A lesson every sub-story in the epic bellows. Drona destroyed the life of one student by asking him for his thumb as guru-dakshina. Years later, he had his own head taken off by one of his own students as a form of payback. This is the law of karma.