While the Battle of Kurushetra was at its climax, Arjuna and Karna were fiercely fighting each other. It was a battle to witness, a flurry of arrows were being exchanged, and even Gods and Rishis were witnessing this exceptionally long and tough battle between the two great warriors.
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Arjuna would shoot his arrows and the impact of these arrows would be so powerful that Karna’s chariot would recede by 20-30 feet. People who witnessed this were stunningly astonished by the skills of Arjuna.
Karna was no less to Arjuna. When he shot arrows, Arjuna’s chariot would also shake and go back by about 3-5 feet.
More than anyone, Krishna would applaud Karna every time his arrow hit Arjuna’s chariot. But not once did He acknowledge or applaud Arjuna’s skills!
In the evening after the war, Arjuna asked Krishna: “Oh Lord, I have shot so many arrows at Karna’s chariot, it was pushed back like a feather in wind, but not once did you appreciate me. Rather, you would appreciate karna’ skill despite his arrows just displacing my chariot a few feet”.
Lord Krishna smiled and answered “Oh, Arjuna, don’t forget, your chariot is protected by Hanuman at the top on your flag, Me as your charioteer in the front and by Sheshnag at its wheels, yet the whole chariot would still sway and displace whenever the valiant Karna hit us with his arrows”.
“But Karna’s chariot is not protected by any such divine force, he is on his own, yet he fights courageously with determination.”
In fact, after the battle of Kurushetra was over, Krishna refused to get off the chariot until Arjuna got down. Once Krishna got off the chariot, it caught fire and turned to dust.
Krishna said, “ Oh Arjuna, your chariot was destroyed by Karna a long time ago and it is I who was still protecting it.”
“Don’t ever be arrogant in your life to claim that you have achieved big heights. If you have achieved something, it is the divine will, it is the divine intervention that has always protected you, cleared your path and provided the right opportunities at the right time”!
The above story is an excerpt from Mahabharata that conveys an important message to Humanity. Though it may look simple it is a strong reminder to Humankind.
Unless we accept the fact the whatever happenings in our lives are all due to God’s Grace, we cannot accept the present and consequently we will be in stress, anxiety and lamenting mode always. By not accepting the happenings in the present in our life, we turn out to be atheists every moment despite praying, visiting temples or even doing rituals. Every outcome is by God’s Grace. Certainly we have only contributory role towards all happenings of our lives by exercising our free-will and not controlling role
Accept every experience as Iswara Prashad and dedicate every action to Iswara.
Wining or losing, success or failure, pain or gain, good or bad, all events and outcomes of our life are controlled by the Kala Purusha, the Lord’s force based on our past karma, present actions and God’s will.