Chapter 1 Q&A Verses 12-15

QUESTION:

1. Why did Karna side with Kauravas…..is it bcoz Duryodhana took his side? Arjuna was hesitant to fight the war….why?

ANSWER:

Karna was Kunti’s son out of wedlock.

She had put him in a basket in the river. So he grows up as the son of a charioteer. He learns the martial arts lying to Parusarama that he is a Kshatriya who after coming to know the same curses him that his powers will fail at an eventful time.

He is not allowed to show his art saying he is a Vaishya’s son in the court.

Duryodhana seeing a good opportunity grants a small area and makes Karna the ruler of that area. This gives him the right to fight the war. Karna is obligated to Duryodhana because of that.

It is all a complicated story wherein we can be pulled from one side to the other. There will be different versions and ideas of the same story.

That is why it is called the Mahabharata. And when there is a fight in the house we say we don’t want a Mahabharata happening.

The Gita is the song sung by Krishna for Arjuna in the midst of the battlefield. Let us focus more on the song of the divine and move past the ambiguous and conflicting stories related to the war.

When Arjuna faces the turmoil of having to fight a battle against his own cousins, guru and grandsire.

This we will take up by the end of this chapter.

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