Chapter 50 Why Arjuna Rejects Narayana Sena and Accepts Krishna as Charioteer
When the Pandavas approved Drupada’s brahmana peace mission to Hastinapura, they also sent news to the princes who were most likely to support them to gather their troops and prepare for battle. Arjuna proceeded to Dwaraka by himself.
Duryodhana also took action once he realised the course that events were taking through his spies. Vasudeva (Krishna) accelerated his chariot toward Dwaraka as quickly as his fastest horses could carry him after learning that he was back in his hometown. Arjuna and Duryodhana arrived in Dwaraka on the same day as a result.
Krishna was dozing off. Arjuna and Duryodhana had access to his bedroom because they were his close kin. There, they awaited Krishna’s awakening together. Arjuna continued to stand at the bed’s foot in a respectful stance while Duryodhana, who entered first, took a seat on a gilded thronechair at its head.
Arjuna was standing in front of Mahadeva when he awoke, and he received a hearty greeting. He then turned to greet Duryodhana and inquired as to what had brought them both to Dwaraka. It was Duryodhana who spoke first.
“It appears that war may break out between us shortly, he remarked. In that case, you must back me. We are both equally adored by you, Arjuna and I. Both of us say that we have a close relationship with you. It is impossible for you to claim that one of us is closer to you than the other. I arrived here prior to Arjuna. According to custom, precedence should be given to the person who arrived first. Since you are the best of the best, Janardana, you have a responsibility to lead by example. Remind yourself that I came first and uphold the ancient dharma in your behaviour.”
Purushottama (Krishna) responded by saying: “You could have been here first, Dhritarashtra’s son, but when I awoke, the first person I saw was Kunti’s son. I noticed Arjuna first, if you were the first to arrive. Therefore, even in this regard, your claims on me are equal, and as a result, I am required to support both sides. It is customary to start handing out favours to the receiver who is junior to you. Therefore, I would let Arjuna make the decision first. My tribesmen, the Narayana, are on an equal footing with me in combat and make up a sizable, virtually unstoppable host. They will be on one side of the aid I distribute, while I will be on the other. However, I won’t use any weapons or engage in any physical combat.”
He remarked, turning to face Arjuna, “Partha, give it some thought. Would you rather have the strength of the Narayana or would you prefer me, unarmed and alone? Use the first-choice privilege that tradition grants you as the younger man.”
Just as Krishna was about to finish, Arjuna spoke the following words reverently and without hesitation: “I would be pleased if you were with us, albeit you may not have any weapon.”
Duryodhana could scarcely contain his happiness at what he perceived as Arjuna’s stupid decision. He gratefully accepted Vasudeva’s army’s assistance, and his request was fulfilled. Duryodhana went to Baladeva and told him the tale after being pleased with his acquisition of a powerful army.
As he concluded, the powerful Balarama stated: “They must have told you all I said when Virata’s daughter was married, Duryodhana. I advocated for you and said everything I could to help. I have frequently stated to Krishna that the Pandavas and the Kauravas are on an equal footing with us. My words, however, failed to convince him. I have no power. I cannot support someone who Krishna disapproves of. I can’t support you against Krishna and I won’t assist Partha. You come from a distinguished family that all the country’s princes revere, Duryodhana. So if war must be waged, conduct yourself in line with Kshatriya law “said he.
In good spirits, Duryodhana made his way back to Hastinapura and said to himself: “Arjuna has embarrassed himself. Along with Balarama’s good intentions, the vast army of Dwaraka will battle for me. There is no army left for Vasudeva.”
When they were alone, Krishna addressed Arjuna with a smirk, “Dhananjaya, why did you select so foolishly, preferring me alone and unarmed to my fully prepared and heroic forces?” Arjuna said, “To acquire greatness even equal to yours is ambition. You possess the strength and ability to engage every prince of the realm and their armies head-on in combat. I also believe I can succeed. Therefore, I want to defeat you while riding in my unarmed chariot. You have today granted my request, something I have long sought.”
Vasudeva grinned once again and offered the following blessing: “Are you attempting to outbid me? Wishing you luck “since he approved of Arjuna’s choice.
The history was written that never before happened when Bhagwan Krishna himself became charioteer for his bhakt Arjuna.
Keep Mahabharat Book at Home and Read Daily – DO NOT FALL TO FAKE PROPAGANDA and Allow Enemies to Weaken our Dharma and Bharat
This historical epic Mahabharat is known as fifth Veda. It is a common misconception spread by mlecchas; muslims and christian missionaries, and secular Hindus that reading Mahabharat or keeping it at home will likely lead to arguments and fighting. All of this misinformation was spread by illiterate mlecchas and anti-Hindus, and it is completely incorrect. It is done to mentally weaken Hindus so that they avoid reading Mahabharat. Because Mahabharat invokes bravery, pride and sense of confidence in Hindus.
Keep a copy of Mahabharat at home and read it online at the HariBhakt website. Mahabharat is rightly called the fifth Veda for Kaliyuga people because it is a tool and guidance to invoke confidence and bravery in Sanatan Dharmi Hindus.
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