Best Krishna Quotes & Learnings from Mahabharat

Best Krishna Quotes & Learnings from MahabharatProducers of the recently concluded Mahabharat series on Star Plus, celebrated its success on the completion of the last episode. There was no doubt that the series was a great hit, and did quite well, similar to the earlier series that was shown several years back.

Although Mahabharat ends with a long war, there were several learning’s imparted by Lord Krishna, almost all of which is relevant even in our modern society.

According to the Harivansh Puraan, the 2014 Janmashtami was the 5240th birthday of Lord Krishna. He was born on 24th July, 3225 B.C. and graced this earth for 119 yrs. Lord Krishna was 83 and Arjun was 65 when the Mahabharat war was fought. It is said that life expectancy during that time in India was 175-200 yrs. Even Aristotle noted this thing about India in his diary.

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Here we’ll show you the best Krishna Quotes & teachings from the Mahabharat television serial.

  1. Krishna to Bheeshma one why one should be ready to forego one’s personal beliefs/principles if it helps in the betterment of the society.

    In Mahabharat, Bhishma frustrates Lord Krishna so much that Krishna is ready to kill Bheeshma himself, but Arjun intervenes and reminds Krishna of his vow. But then Lord Krishna sees that Bhishma is too strolng for Arun, Krishna makes Bhishma understand that he should make way for dharma to win. With Bhishma on the side of the kauravas, it was difficult for Pandavas to win (which was necessary for peace in the long term). Lord Krishna tells Bhishma why society matters more than personal beliefs & principles. He reminds Bhishma the various times/occasions where he could have taken a stand for the betterment of the kingdom/society, but chose not to act or to be on the wrong side because of his seemingly false beliefs & principles.

  2. Lord Krishna to Drona on how to bring up a child. Krishna makes Dronacharya realize his mistakes, he persuades Dronacharya to sacrifice his life.

    Drona is extremely angry to hear about the death of his son and is ready to unleash the Brahmastra weapon to destroy the world, when Lord Krishna intervenes. Lord Krishna teaches Drona on the right way to bring up children. He points out how he never made Ashwathama (his son) realize the importance of hard work and to have courage be on the right side. Krishna also points out that it was wrong for him to train the Pandavas & kauravas with the intention of taking revenge against king Drupada.

  3. Lord Krishna to Karna on why education undertaken with the sole purpose of personal gains (for revenge) doesn’t help in the long run.

    Karna is extremely dejected to see that his knowledge, that he had gained by immense hard work, refuses to come to his rescue when he needs it the most. That is when Lord Krishna makes Karna understand why education undertaken with the sole purpose of personal gains (for revenge) doesn’t help in the long run. Krishna tells Karna that he should have used his knowledge for the betterment of the society and not just for his personal revenge or to help Duryodhan win the war.

Lord Krishna Reveals Why Karna is Better Than Arjuna In the Art of Donating

We all know that Lord krishna is a great teacher; here’s one of his useful lessons. As usual, he always has an interesting way to explain things to his students.

Here Krishna demonstrates to Arjuna, why Karna is better than him when it comes to the art of giving donations.

Once Krishna and Arjuna were having a chat while walking towards a village. Arjuna wanted to know from Krishna why he thought Karna was a role model for all Danas (donations) and not Arjuna himself.

Krishna didn’t answer him straight away and thought a little demonstration would be the apt way to make him understand. Wanting to teach him an important lesson, Krishna snapped his fingers and came up with an idea.

Krishna came up with a challenge for both!

The Challenge

The mountains beside the path they were walking on turned into gold. Krishna said “Arjuna, distribute these two mountains of gold among the villagers, but you must donate every last bit of gold”.

Arjuna’s Turn
Arjuna went into the village, and proclaimed he was going to donate gold to every villager, and asked them to gather near the mountain. The villagers sang his praises and Arjuna walked towards the mountain with a huffed up chest. For two days and two continuous nights Arjuna shoveled gold from the mountain and donated to each villager. The mountains did not diminish in their slightest.

Most villagers came back and stood in queue within minutes. After a while, Arjuna, started feeling exhausted, but not ready to let go of his ego just yet, told Krishna he couldn’t go on any longer without rest.

Karna’s Turn
Krishna then called Karna. “You must donate every last bit of this mountain, Karna” he told him. Karna called two villagers. “You see those two mountains?” Karna asked, “those two mountains of gold are yours to do with as you please” he said, and walked away.

Arjuna sat dumbfounded and wondered ‘Why hadn’t this thought occurred to him?’.

And here’s the answer (and a great lesson)!

The Lesson

Krishna smiled mischievously and told him “Arjuna, subconsciously, you yourself were attracted to the gold, you regretfully gave it away to each villager, giving them what you thought was a generous amount. Thus the size of your donation to each villager depended only on your imagination. Karna holds no such reservations. Look at him walking away after giving away a fortune, he doesn’t expect people to sing his praises, he doesn’t even care if people talk good or bad about him behind his back.

That is the sign of a man already on the path of enlightenment”.

Things to ponder…

  • Rs.20 Seems Too Much To Give A Beggar But It Seems Okay When Its Given As Tip At A Fancy Restaurant.
  • After A Whole Day Of Work, Hours At The Gym Seem Alright But Helping Your Mother Out At Home Seems Like A Burden.
  • We Wait A Whole Year For Valentine’s Day But Many Will Forget Mother’s Day.
  • Praying To God For 3 Min Takes Too Much Time But Watching A Movie For 3 Hours Doesn’t.
  • Two Poor Starving Kids Sitting On The Pavement Weren’t Given Even A Slice Of Bread But A Painting Of Them Sold For Lakhs Of Rupees.

When was the last time you went out of your way and did something for the less fortunate?

Originally posted 2016-01-12 13:11:51.

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