Characters of Mahabharata: The Impact

Beyond the plot, our great epic Mahabharata has bestowed on us several life lessons. Following every event of the epic closely will help us to contemplate about the manifold mysteries of life. Also, will the myriad of characters in Mahabharata! Having heard and read the stories of Mahabharata since early childhood, here I write the deepest impact that three of the most respectable characters had on me:

Lord Krishna

Of the numerous Gods and Goddesses I am introduced to, Lord Krishna stands as the most serene God in my memory. While mythological stories revolve around varied emotions of Hindu Gods – spanning anger, lust, vengeance, fear –  Lord Krishna has always been the one who has never showed extremes of emotions. For His even-mindedness and balance of emotions, I turn to Him for every little guide I need in life.

Ved Vyasa

Sage Vyasa, though not a consistent character in the epic, his short appearances are marked with great importance. When he is assigned with the job of Niyoga, surrogate fatherhood, he instructs Satyavati to let the queens Ambika and Ambalika to purify themselves. Unheeding to his warning, Satyavati hurriedly summons the queens to beget children with the sage, resulting in one blind son and one pallid son. This message has ever-remained in my thoughts. And this is one advice I always give to young couples who are planning to get pregnant. Keeping in good physical and mental health and most importantly, being in a beautiful state of love with each other is significant for a healthy child development.

The impact of sage Vyasa on me is best reflected in my blog title! Equal to Lord Krishna, Ved Vyasa is another key player in the events of Mahabharata. When I hear debates about the unending caste feuds, I often bring Ved Vyasa to my thoughts. Born to a fisherwoman and an exalted Brahmana sage, Parashurama, Ved Vyasa has surpassed all caste differences through his birth and life. While an epic written by such an enlightened sage is glorified, isn’t it good enough a reason to dissolve the caste barriers in our society?

Vidura

My most fond-of character in Mahabharata! Vidura is the right epitome of the Gita verse, ‘Do your duty without expecting anything in return’. He does everything calmly very well knowing the effects of the happenings at the royal court of Hastinapur. In spite of his ineligibility to kingship, he does what he is expected to, at every stage. And Vidura is one of those few people of the epic who attain the final salvation. He has been an inspiring character to me, who reminds me of the ultimate goal that I must strive to achieve in this lifetime.

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Special Thought For Janmashtami Birthday of Bhagavan Krishna

He who perceives Me everywhere, and beholds everything in Me, never loses sight of Me, nor do I ever lose sight of him.

That Yogi stays forever in Me, who, anchored in divine unity whatever his mode of existence, realizes Me as pervading all beings.

O Arjuna, the best type of yogi is he who feels for others, whether in grief or pleasure, even as he feels for himself.____Bhagavan Krishna, in the “Bhagavad  Gita”

Surrender to God: The greatest of all duties is to remember God. The first thing to do in the morning is to meditate on him and think how you can give your life to His service, so that all day long you will be filled with His joy. —-Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, “Yogoda Magazine”

There is no way to find God’s love other than to surrender to Him. Master your mind so that you may offer it to Him___Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, “The Divine Romance”

Dear Father, whatever conditions confront me, I know that they represent the next step in my unfoldment. I will welcome all tests because I know that within me is the intelligence to understand and the power to overcome.____Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, “Metaphysical Meditations”

If God were to say to me today: Come home!  without a backward glance I would leave all my belongings here  — organization, buildings, plans, people — and hasten to obey Him. Running the world is His responsibility. He is the Doer, not You or I. —- Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda ” Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda”
I am Thine, O lord! I will make myself worthy of Thine acceptance. I will not make a burnt offering unto the Lord my God of that which dost cost me nothing. I will lay myself, with all the holds dear, upon the burning pyre.

I will lift my heart daily to Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Sri Yukteaswar, and my Guru Paramahansa Yoganandaji, asking for their many-jewelled gifts of Self- Realization.

In the stillness of night, out of the depth of my heart, I will cry: “”Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth”

When the call to disagreeable duty is sounded, I will answer: “Here am I, Lord; send me.”

Sri Gyanamata, ‘God Alone: The Life and Letters of a Saint

May every act of my will be impregnated with Thy divine vitality. Ornament with Thy grace my every concept, every expression, every ambition, O Divine Sculptor,  chisel Thou my life to Thy design! —--Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, “Whispers from Eternity”