No matter what field you belong to, the basic criteria to succeed is having enormous knowledge in it. Whether you are a student eager to gain good marks or a grown up wanting to do well in his or her profession, doing maximum study of your subject is the backbone of success.
However, there is one quality that plays a strong part in determining whether the knowledge you acquired bears any meaning and that is your intention. Your knowledge is worth nothing if your intention is evil. Such examples are found in our ancient scriptures.
Duryodhana was the villain of the Mahabharata. But not many people would know about his positive quality. He was an expert mace [gadaa] fighter. He acquired training from his guru sage Balarama and became a champion in the skill. In fact, Balarama even went onto say that Duryodhana was the greatest mace fighter of his generation; even better than the mighty Bheema.
But Duryodhana had a huge negative point, which was his jealousy towards his cousins Pandavas – Yudhishthir, Bheema, Arjun, Nakula and Sahadeva – right from his childhood. He was lusty for the throne of Hastinapura and wanted to sit on it by hook or crook; more by the latter.
After failing to eliminate the Pandavas, Duryodhana played a cruel game of dice by collaborating with his equally evil uncle Shakuni. The result was that the Pandavas, along with their wife Draupadi and mother Kunti, were sent for exile for 14 years.
Duryodhana had the throne for 14 long years for himself but he wasn’t able to enjoy it. He knew the period will finally end and he will be faced with the great battle of Kurukshetra. We all know what happened with the Kauravas in the battle. Despite having a great warrior force, they had to face a humiliating defeat.
One of the most interesting incidents during the war was Duryodhana’s mace fight with Bheema. As per sage Balarama, Duryodhana was the greatest mace fighter. However, it was Bheema who won because Lord Krishna signalled him to attack Duryodhana on his thigh, which would ensure his defeat.
In other words, even God will be on the side of someone with lesser knowledge if his intentions are noble.
By: Keyur Seta
(This is the 7th episode from our series, Lessons from Mahabharata. To visit previous episodes, click HERE.)