For me, The Mahabharata has to be the most inspiring story of ALL TIME.
What a lot of people misunderstand as literal stories are often morals, ethics and cultural teachings which are wrapped up as mythological "content". This epic has inspired me throughout my own life in multiple ways. But these are my 3 biggest takeaways from this legend :- 1. The 5 Pandavas and Draupadi are a representation of the IDEAL human. Ethics (Yudishthir) , strength (Bheem), focus (Arjun), charm (Nakul), tolerance (Sahadev) and faith (Draupadi) packed in one single family. Together these 6 traits can conquer the most menacing army. Once seperated, they may not be able to survive. The message here is about balancing yourself as a person in order to be able to conquer whatever difficulty may wander into your life.
2. Just before the war, Arjun is worried about killing his own cousins and uncles for the sake of a kingdom. At this point, Krishna gives him the most important HUMAN advice. - "Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana, Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani". This translates to " Go about your duty without giving any importance to the outcome or the reward. Just keep working and treat your work as your god. The process of carrying out your work with your 100% effort matters far more than the results of what you do. "
3. The Mahabharata can be called a slightly "dark" story.
In contrast to the Ramayana, where no rules of war or society were broken, a recurring theme in the Mahabharata is the breaking of such rules.
The story serves as a mirror for society - Life and humans will not always be 100% clean. Thats the sad truth about our times.
Where there is money or power involved, there will also be dirt lurking around. But that's what the Mahabharata is meant to remind you of. Any negativity, any darkness in the world can be overcome by believing in the positivity of the universe. In the end, the one who stands by the side of GOOD or GOD will be the one who is victorious. So no matter how bad or how POWERFUL the evil, the GOOD will ultimately be the WINNER.
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