When I passed through Kurukshetra?


While visiting Chandigarh the other day to attend a conference, I had to pass through Kurukshetra in the State of Haryana (India). The very scenario of Mahabharat war flashed before my eyes like a lightning and for a few seconds it looked like I am personally witnessing the war going on, and Lord Krishna giving Geeta precepts to the great warrior, Arjun. Why Kurukshetra was chosen to be the site for war between Kauravas and Pandavas is a story in itself. After it became inevitable that a war has to take place between both the sides, it was decided that the site should be the one where there is nothing like emotions or sentiments in the matter of killing one another as it was after all a war between close blood relations, and there was every possibility of kinship and compassion emerging on the surface disabling the fighters to fight undeterred. A common team consisting of representatives from both the sides was formed to find out such a location where no compassion but a sheer cruelty worked as a way of life. The team reached Kurukshetra, a place then known for the cruel most behaviour on the part of the locals. There they saw that some dispute was going on in a family consisting of a man, his wife, and their son. Within minutes, they went violent with father brutally killing his son on the spot feeling quite relaxed as if nothing had happened. The team finalised their decision in favour of Kurukshetra to be the ideal place for Mahabharat war. Rest is the story forming the great epic Mahabharat and Shrimadbhagwat, of which Geeta is the most salient a narrative known all over the world.

 

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11 thoughts on “When I passed through Kurukshetra?”

  1. A very good story I could know .Although I have read Mahabharat several times but back ground of selection of Kurushetra for war was not known to me.

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  2. The whole notions of taking life, is abhorrent. One can say, it is he natural order of things? Yet it still has little meaning.

    I once killed a skunk, that had crept into my chicken coop. It had killed all but three of my chickens. Chickens I had just finished rearing from chicks. It saddened me greatly, after the fury of my hunt was over. It did not bring those dead chicks back to life. There was no satisfaction gained. I might have let it live? Except for the fact the skunk had buried itself in under the coop. It would have continued it’s murderous spree, like a troll under a bridge.

    So, why do people find murder in their hearts. Wanting to kill their own relatives for power. When they already have plenty to begin with. Like the battle of Bosworth. Elitist families seeing themselves as different to other people. Did use them as pawns, to capture thrones and power.

    It maybe the same in Krukshetra? The same senseless carnage? The same discard of people, for their designs of grandeur? By people who are despotic, megalomaniacs. The bigger question for me. Is why do the foot soldiers and archers fall into line so readily? Do they do it for the smaller spoils of war? The rape of women, etc?

    In British Columbia, prior to WWI lived a man named Albert “Ginger” Goodwin. A labour organiser of repute. Was also, a conscientious objector. A person who saw through those machinations of industrialists, in Europe. Of war between mainly Britain, France, Russia against Germany, Austria and Hungary. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand by a anarchist and likely mason? The same industrialists who saw their militaristic expansions into Asia and Africa were threatened.

    Goodwin lived with others, in the mountains of Vancouver Island. Until three days before world peace was declared. He was hunted down. By “Blackie” Campbell, an ex RCMP officer paid by Blaylock. Whose smelter in Trail B.C. had been organized. Revenge pure and simple.

    I hope he, Blaylock, got the same satisfaction from it, as I got from that skunk? Because I got no satisfaction at all.

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    Funeral for Albert, http://www.thecumberlander.ca/go200a/Ginger_Goodwin_Biography

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  3. Sir why Kurukshetra? A very correct and reasoned answer told by you. I have also heard from you the story of Dust Budhhi also from Mahabharata. At that time the joint committee had to make a search for Kurukshetra. But sir unfortunately now every part of the earth seems to be Kurukshetra. All the negative characters of the Mahabharata are roaming everywhere. Dust Budhhis are also playing their roles as usual. Let any Arjun and Krishna come and take this war to a reasonable end.

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