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Epic is the story of Pandavas (Five sons of Pandu) and Kauravas (Hundred sons of Lord Krishna helped Pandva to achieve their goal. The text of Mentee, lack of trust in this relationship can lead to disastrous results as it happened. Their friendship did not ever rise above their trust in each other. Nor did Arjuna being a bother-in-law of Lord Krishna by his marriage to Lord. Once, Arjuna asked Lord Krishna why he called Yudhishtira, he replied, "In a relation there is no scope for doubt, for when doubt Karna is my best friend and I trust him because I have faith that he will never break my trust.
The symbolism of the ying and the yang is sometimes used to represent the friendship between these two men Katz Not that one is either the ying or the yang but that they both complete each other and make full contributions to the relationship Katz They are even referred to as the two Krsnas in some versions of the Mahabharata, the common meaning being that the two are so completely in sync with one another they are simply one and the same mind but two beings Bryant He first asks Krsna what his thoughts are on this idea of marriage to his sister and Krsna approves right away exclaiming that Arjuna is the perfect match for his sister Katz Arjuna then sneaks into the kingdom where the princess lives and he causes her to fall in love with him.
It shows a strong commitment to a friendship in choosing Arjuna over his family. After this union of families Krsna and Arjuna are now brothers-in-law. This only strengthens their friendship as they are even closer relatives now; it also draws a parallel to them being actual brothers and therefore causing them to share an incredibly tight bond. They celebrate their new found brotherhood by going out to play in the water of a river, and so begins the story of The burning of the Khandava Forest.
In this story the two men show the reciprocity of their respect for one another and the equality of their relationship by teaming up and defeating gods and animals.
Bond between Krishna and Draupadi
This story starts out with the two, now brothers, running into the fire god Agni, who is hungry and asks to be fed. The two men comply with his requests and decide to burn down the entire forest and all the creatures within it Rajagoplachari Rajagoplachari editor of Mahabharata 6th ed.
It is about two men who are about to prove themselves to their fathers, themselves and their worlds Rajagoplachari Another similarity taken from this story would be that the two men know how to complement one another and by doing so how to fight off other warriors sufficiently. In the end of the story the men are granted a favour from the god Indra, who has now been defeated by Arjuna, a proven man to his father the god Indra.
Krsna chooses to remain close companions with Arjuna for all his life as his wish Katz This is an incredible request that lets us see the true companionship that Krsna feels with Arjuna and not just the devotion that is normally shown of Arjuna toward Krsna. Part of the closeness between Arjuna and Krsna can be seen in its opposing relationship, between Krsna and Duryodhana. At one point Krsna goes to Duryodhana and shows him a truth.
Much the same as when he shows Arjuna his true identity as the god Visnu in the story of the Bhagavad Gita. This little side story to the Mahabharata only accents the commitment and devotion that Arjuna holds for Krsna Katz The devotion that is shown by Arjuna for Krsna is a model throughout the Mahabharata.
Published on July 17th, by harsh-verma Full size image 0 Krishna The Archetypal Mentor The choice of Krishna as the ideal mentor is due to the fact that Krishna performed multiple roles and had numerous mentoring styles.
He was leader, manager, negotiator, manipulator, motivator, influencer, all rolled into one. An account of his mentorship would therefore enable us see the diverse styles of mentoring that are needed for diverse situations. The mentoring relationship is one that has become the subject of many business myths. Differences in mentoring styles are galore and there is no one mentoring style that is suited for all occasions.
It is essential therefore to first understand what is mentoring and then see the different facets of mentoring in a mentoring relationship.
Krishna The Archetypal Mentor
Mentoring is routinely seen as manifesting soft skills such as the classical virtues of kindness and generosity. The fact that it can also be harsh seems to escape the mind of most theorists. Therefore an account of a real mentoring relationship, one that is widely recognised and one in which various mentoring styles are manifested, becomes necessary. In the Indian context the most successful mentoring relationship is the one between Krishna and Arjuna.
- The Relationship of Arjuna and Krsna
Religious preachings and the fantastic mythical details have made it difficult to analyse this relationship and separate fact from fiction. The famous depth psychologist, Carl Jung held the opinion that myths were a guide that enabled a person journey to wholeness.
The fantastic details encountered in myths had to be sifted through to get to the core message. Using this perspective we can strip away the divinity associated with Krishna so that we get a picture of the real Krishna and his relationship with Arjuna.
The choice of Krishna as the ideal mentor is due to the fact that Krishna performed multiple roles and had numerous mentoring styles. Arjuna was the individual on whose shoulders the morale of Pandavas rested. Though a younger brother, he had no elder brother to look up to.
In fact, he was responsible for looking after the family since Yudhishthira, the eldest was unable to do so. Thus, he had varied needs as an individual. Krishna is raised by Nanda, the leader of the cowherds, and his wife Yashoda. The child Krishna was adored for his mischievous pranks; and he is also described to have performed many miracles and slew demons. As a youth, the cowherd Krishna became renowned as a lover, the sound of his flute prompting the gopis wives and daughters of the cowherds to leave their homes to dance ecstatically with him in the moonlight.
Krishna is described to have been involved in many escapades in his adventurous childhood.
Notable amongst these are stories of his assassination of the witch Putana, the giant snake Akhasura, the stork Bakarusa, the giant donkey Dhenukasura, the horse Kesi and the bull Arishtasura. After repeated attacks by Jarasandha, the king of Magadha, finding the kingdom unsafe, Krishna led the Yadavas to the western coast of Kathiawar and established the city of Dvaraka modern Dwarka, Gujarat.
The Harivamsa also presents us the various conquests and heroics of Krishna including the assassination of Narakasura, the slaying of Shalva, the defeat of Banasura etc, and his adventurous marriage to princess Rukmini followed by the marriage to 7 more princesses Satyabhama, Jambavati, Kalindi, Nagnajiti, Mitravinda, Lakshmana and Bhadra.
Krishna refused to bear arms in the great war between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, but sided with the Pandavas as a strategist and the charioteer of his close friend Arjuna. As the retired to the forest and sat in the forest lamenting, a huntsman, mistaking him for a deer, shot him on his heel, killing him. The Harivamsa describes this as the ascent of the the God back to Heaven. There appears to be a lot of mystery around the birth and childhood of Krishna.
Krishna, born in the Yadava - a pastoral race, is described in Harivamsa and Bhagavata Purana as a dark skinned charming boy who became the favorite of all the mothers in the Gokul Village. He's described as a mischievous kid who was loved and adored by all. He spent his childhood as a cowherd lazying around the pastures along with other cowherd boys overseeing their cattle.
The Relationship of Arjuna and Krsna | Mahavidya
Even as a kid, he was bold enough to stand up to protect his cows from wild animals, birds and snakes. His heroics in chasing away and bringing down wild bulls, snakes and vultures got exaggerated by singers and storytellers years later as the assassination of powerful demons.
Krishna gains the attention of the world when he assassinates the king of Mathura Kamsa, his own uncle. He then releases his parents Devaki and Vasudeva along with Kamsa's father Ugrasena from the prison. And Krishna spends the rest of his life along with his parents and grandfather as one of the princes or chieftains of the Yadava clan.
Krishna's life is really like a fairy tale. Without proper schooling and education though he had a short stint at the school of Sandeepanihe goes on to become one of the cleverest politician who defined and manipulated the political inheritance and systems of multiple kingdoms.
And without any meaningful training, he becomes one of the best warriors of the period described to have achieved feats which the likes of Arjuna or Karna could not achieveand his excellence in the use of Chakra as a weapon was unique. Also his diplomatic and philosophical skills are unbelievable for someone who had spent his childhood as a cowherd.
He emerges as the only mysterious character in the epic whose qualities are too great to be true. When all the well educated scholars seated in the court of Hastinapur during the game of dice including the Pandavas, Bhishma, Drona, Kripa etcbelieved that they adhered to the principles of righteousness and responsibilities, Krishna simply blows them away by blatantly uttering that the age old traditions and value system needs to be redefined.
He does not hesitate to take blame on himself if it serves a greater cause. Despite defeating Jarasandha 17 times, he decided to run away from the battle field when he saw that his army cannot withstand the 18th attack of Jarasandha and he moved his capital from Mathura in the north of India to Dwaraka in the west of India.
Moving a complete kingdom by such a large distance is indeed an unbelievable story and probably only his Army and the people from the Yadava clan moved to Dwaraka to establish their new Kingdom. But the point here is that the thought of being called a coward did not bother him.
Also he did not bother to take the blame of resorting to injustice to bring down the great commanders of the Kaurava Army and he justifies with his redefinition of righteousness and honesty.
Bond between Krishna and Draupadi - Dr. Vidya Hattangadi
This is where he stands out from the rest of the crowd. The message one could learn from the life of Krishna is immense and his wonderful feats are unparalleled. This probably is the reason why people easily revered him as an incarnation of the God himself. Despite trying to portray Krishna as a person devoid of emotions, the epic also presents us instances which show the emotional tenderness of Krishna.