Karmanye Dharmasya


It’s not always about winning.

What if every guy you met, plays only to win? Would world be a better place if everybody ran the race to aim for the finish line but never cared what happened to others during his victory?

What if Karna had refused to give his Kavach that day?

What if Karna didn’t use his ‘Vasava Shakti’ against Ghatotkacha and used it against Arjuna?

What if Karna had decided to fire Ashwasena disguised as arrow again?

No he didn’t. Instead he said, “It is beneath my stature as a warrior to shoot the same arrow twice. Find some other way to avenge your family’s death.”

This and so many ifs in Mahabharata which could have taken the story of biggest game ever played in either direction.

Many people consider Karna as a man who fought against misfortunes all through his life without a single pause. He never got his due but never gave up his efforts. Many great men in his times like Bhishma and Lord Krishna accomplished Karna as a gracious spirit who seldom appears in the human race. He is idealized as an inspiration for the fraught humankind not to lose heart. He is an epitome of morality. He’s a great example to show us that not always, it’s all about winning.

“Karmanye vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana,
Ma Karmaphalaheturbhurma Te Sangostvakarmani”

-Bhagavad Gita Chapter2, Verse 47

You have the right to work only but never to its fruits. Don’t let the fruits of action be your motive, nor let your attachment be to inaction.

Your fate is set when you let the rewards manipulate you. Nothing can be done when you judge things, when you don’t perform your actions as required. In her past life, Draupadi had prayed to lord for a husband with five qualities. Since all those qualities were not commonly seen in one person, Draupadi’s fate got her married to five Pandavas.

Justice of Yudhishthira, courage of Bhima, dedication of Arjuna, knowledge of Sahadeva and love of Nakula was all Draupadi was looking for.

When she asked Krishna about her polyandrous destiny, Krishna told her that Karna was the person with all these qualities but since Draupadi rejected him because he was a Sut Putra (of non-noble birth), she was resigned to this fate to honour her boon.

Maybe that’s when Karna felt offended; he later went on to call Draupadi a ‘vaishya’. There were countless ‘maybes’ in Mahabharata when the bloodshed could have been avoided.

But the karma of Krishna was to end Adharma. He had to convince Arjuna to fire his Anjalika on an unarmed Karna who was just pulling out his chariot from the soil. He had to say to Arjuna that this was time he could attack Karna. He had to convince Bhima to attack on Duryodhan’s thigh when it was against the rules to do so. This and so much more, one could accuse Krishna of many ill-deeds but then it was all to end the evil. For all his actions, Krishna had to see his entire race end before him by hands of his own son Samba.

All one does, is for the better. Maybe some people are just there to burn to be the source of light for others. If one wants light, somebody must burn. Karna was one such person, who in the name of friendship with Duryodhana, had to live a miserable life to see a better future for others. No matter how bad it felt, Krishna had to do what he did.

Actions invite consequences. This doesn’t mean we stop doing what has to be done. Some actions may invite criticism, but if you feel deep down, that this is something which will reform then you must.

For the path of greatness, one has to walk alone. Burn, but live for others.

This Innovision, portray yourself as You are. It’s never about what people think, it’s always about what You want to do. Let’s keep all the criticism aside. Let’s not follow the most treaded path. Let’s do what is right.

Chalo iss baar sirf kaam pe dhyan de, kyuki karma hi dharma hai aur issi mai humari zindagi.

-Gordon Freeman

P.S:- The author has made sure that the blog is accurate enough, but apologizes for errors(if any).


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