Good Old Friend

Few days ago, I met my good old friend, that too outside a temple. He met me with a broad smile and sarcastic comment:-

 “What are you doing here?”

“Nothing”, I said, returning a meek smile.

We drove to a nearby coffee shop as we had met after long and wanted to have some nostalgic talk. We talked about our families and work while we drove. At the coffee shop, while we settled, his abrupt and unexpected question took me off guard.

“You go to temples, do you agree with Krishan, that at times a lie is better than truth”.

Having read Mahabharat’s all one lac verses and having read Gita atleast a dozen times, I failed to, at first comprehend his question, and later, to locate any such reference.  I took a long pause, considered my words well and was about to reply, that I remembered my father’s words, he always tells me to ascertain ones capacity and capability before debating. In his words, “Behas se pehle patrata sunishchit karna aawashyak hai, gyan supathr ko diya jata hai kupathr ko nahi”(before debating, always ascertain capacity and capability of other person, wisdom be shared with an able person, not with a fool.).

I drew a long breath, while signalling the waiter, I coolly replied, “you are right buddy, I shouldn’t visit temples”.

With only few people able to read and understand Sanskrit, Hindu scriptures have been badly translated by those who know this language, but do not understand philosophy that is deeply ingrained in Hindu history. Isolated, lose and casual translations of Hindu history are ensuring extinction of treasure trove of wisdom.

Ath Shri Mahabharat Katha

For those who don’t understand Hindi, the title translates to – This is The Great Story of Mahabharata.

Mahabharat, undoubtedly is the greatest epic which Lord himself gave to the mankind. It’s the greatest fable, its most comprehensive book of human psychology, it’s a book which maps human behaviour completely, it’s a book which clearly distinguishes between good and bad or evil and divine, it’s a book which, if read with complete non-attachment will let you know what you stand for.


It actually is not a book, it is said, Mahabharat happened some 5000 years or more ago, but in reality, Mahabharat is fought all around us every day. At times, we play the Pandavas (representing truth and justice) and at other we play Kauravas (senseless evil doers). At times, we become the Lord himself, Krishna, and at others, we become the eternal evil Ashwat-thama.

We ourselves are the disciples of Lord and act as Arjun and we only play the role of unflinching ego and become Bhisama. Unending desires make us Duryoudhana and to fulfil such desires we become undiscriminating intelligence Dhritrashtra.

We are The Mahabharta and we play it daily.

The plot of the story in Mahabharta is that the evil becomes stronger and stronger with the passage of time. Once it reaches the peak good forces come together and destroy the evil. In this story the princes who represented Dharma were subject to many atrocities, many unsuccessful attempts were made to kill them. The crown princess Draupadi was striped at the seat of justice. The ones aligning with good were exiled and after exile they were denied their well-deserved right to the throne. This was the tipping point and the Good fought back against the evil and won, sadly enough the evil Ashwat-thama was cursed to live till eternity.

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Here we are, the evil lives on and thus does the good. Every day when we do something bad to succeed we become the evil, the Kaurvas, a step closer to self-destruction, losing out on the favour of God. Every time we endure something bad and refuse to leave the path of justice we become closer to God.

Beware of the side you choose, Mahabharta is not a text, its ensconced in our minds.

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