Mahabharat Chapter 57 Kunti Pursuade Karna to Take Path of Dharma But He is Committed to His Vow

Chapter 57 Kunti Pursuade Karna to Take Path of Dharma But He is Committed to His Vow

When Krishna returned and related what transpired, all hope for a peaceful resolution that might have existed when he travelled to Hastinapura was dashed. When Kunti discovered that it would be a battle to the death, she was overcome with sadness.

“How can I tell my boys to “Bear the insults,” Kunti pondered, “give my ideas tongue? Let’s prevent conflict by not requesting any land, shall we? How can my kids agree to anything that goes against kshatriya tradition?”

“At the same time, she pondered what the war’s mutual kills may achieve and what bliss the extinction of the race could bring. How do I approach this conundrum?” She was so plagued by the potential for complete annihilation and the assertions of kshatriya dignity.

“How are my boys going to take down Bhishma, Drona, and Karna individually? They are seasoned soldiers who have never suffered loss. My mind shakes as I consider them. I don’t stress over the others. These three are the only warriors in the Kaurava army that have a chance of defeating the Pandavas in battle. Dronacharya could choose not to murder my children because of either love or a reluctance to engage in combat with one’s own followers. Without a doubt, the grandsire won’t want to murder them. Karna, however, is the Pandavas’ main foe. He wants to kill my boys so that he can appease Duryodhana. A superb man-at-arms, Karna. My heart is torn apart with pain when I picture him fighting my other boys, like a faggot in the fire. I need to find Karna right now and tell him the truth about how he was born because once he knows, he must turn his back on Duryodhana’s cause.”

She is tormented by these worry-filled thoughts for her kids. Kunti travelled to the Ganga River’s banks, where Karna often made his daily prayers.

Karna attended his devotions in person. He was in a deep meditation and was looking east with his hands up. Behind him, Kunti patiently waited. Karna was lost in his thoughts while practising meditation until he felt the sun’s scorching beams on his back.
After finishing his prayers, Karna turned around to see Kunti behind him putting the hem of his top garment over her head to protect it from the scorching heat. He was greatly perplexed and amazed that Pandu’s queen and the mother of the Pandava sons could be there, patiently waiting for him to complete his prayers.

“Adhiratha, the chariot driver and son of Radha, bows down before you. I’m here to help. O queen, what can I do for you?” questioned Karna, in accordance with the customary protocols of polite address.

“You are not Radha’s son, nor is the charioteer your father, Karna, said Kuntidevi. Do not believe that you belong to the caste of chariot drivers. You were conceived by Pritha of royal lineage, also known as Kunti, and are the son of Surya. May fortune be with you.”

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She continued by telling the incident of his birth. “The Pandavas are your brothers, but you joined Duryodhana and have grown to despise them. You were born with complete armour and golden jewellery. Dependence on Dhritarashtra’s sons is not appropriate for you to live in. Become one of the realm’s kings with Arjuna. May you and Arjuna defeat the evil! You’ll have the entire globe at your disposal. Like the brothers Balarama and Krishna, your renown will spread widely. Your effulgence will be like Brahma’s among the gods when you are surrounded by your five brothers. In difficult circumstances, one must act in a way that pleases their loved parents. According to our texts, this is the ultimate kind of dharma.”

When his mother said these words to him at the conclusion of his sun worship, Karna knew in his heart that the Sun god had approved Kunti’s request. He caught himself, though, and realised that the Sun god was putting his allegiance and mental fortitude to the test. He shouldn’t be judged insufficient.
He exerted willpower to overcome both the urge for natural attachment and the temptations of self-interest.

He forcefully yet sadly stated: “Your words, dear mother, are against the law. If I go off the road of duty, I will have wounded myself far more than I could have been hurt on the battlefield by an adversary. When you hurled me, a defenceless baby, into the river, you robbed me of all that was my inheritance as a kshatriya. And now you are speaking to me about my kshatriya obligations. The maternal love that nourishes all life was withheld from me. If I now join the Pandavas, won’t the world declare that I did so out of fear? And now, thinking of the benefit of your other children, you tell me this narrative. I have consumed the salt of Dhritarashtra’s sons and have benefited from all the respect and compassion they have shown me while earning their trust. And now you want me to betray my principles and go with the Pandavas just as the conflict is about to begin. I am seen by the sons of Dhritarashtra as the ark that would carry them over the flood of battle. They were pushed into this battle by me personally. How can I just leave them now? Could there be more vile treachery and unworthy ungratefulness? What would be worthwhile at that price in life or elsewhere? Mother darling, if necessary, I must pay off my debt with my life; otherwise, I will be no better than an ordinary criminal for stealing my food for all these years. In the upcoming conflict, I will undoubtedly turn all of my supporters against your boys. You cannot be duped by me. Forgive me, please.”

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“But nevertheless, he said, “I cannot let my mother’s appeal go in vain. To me, Arjuna must depart. He or I must perish in this conflict. Even if they kill me, I won’t harm your other boys. You will still have five boys, mother of warrior sons. Arjuna or I will prevail in this conflict. And you’ll still have five boys with the other four “.

Kunti was overcome with conflicting emotions as she heard her firstborn adhere to the kshatriya code in such a strict manner. She refrained from speaking out of fear. She gave him a hug before silently walking away.

Who could defy what had been predetermined, she wondered. “At least he has promised not to hurt my other four boys. I’ve said enough. May Bhagwangrant him favour.” She then went back home.

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.

You can read complete Mahabharat by following Chapter links given below. You can check Glossary of Mahabharat here.

Mahabharat All Chapters (Sampurna Mahabharata)

Mahabharat Chapter 1 Mahabharat Chapter 54
Mahabharat Chapter 2 Mahabharat Chapter 55
Mahabharat Chapter 3 Mahabharat Chapter 56
Mahabharat Chapter 4 Mahabharat Chapter 57
Mahabharat Chapter 5 Mahabharat Chapter 58
Mahabharat Chapter 6 Mahabharat Chapter 59
Mahabharat Chapter 7 Mahabharat Chapter 60
Mahabharat Chapter 8 Mahabharat Chapter 61
Mahabharat Chapter 9 Mahabharat Chapter 62
Mahabharat Chapter 10 Mahabharat Chapter 63
Mahabharat Chapter 11 Mahabharat Chapter 64
Mahabharat Chapter 12 Mahabharat Chapter 65
Mahabharat Chapter 13 Mahabharat Chapter 66
Mahabharat Chapter 14 Mahabharat Chapter 67
Mahabharat Chapter 15 Mahabharat Chapter 68
Mahabharat Chapter 16 Mahabharat Chapter 69
Mahabharat Chapter 17 Mahabharat Chapter 70
Mahabharat Chapter 18 Mahabharat Chapter 71
Mahabharat Chapter 19 Mahabharat Chapter 72
Mahabharat Chapter 20 Mahabharat Chapter 73
Mahabharat Chapter 21 Mahabharat Chapter 74
Mahabharat Chapter 22 Mahabharat Chapter 75
Mahabharat Chapter 23 Mahabharat Chapter 76
Mahabharat Chapter 24 Mahabharat Chapter 77
Mahabharat Chapter 25 Mahabharat Chapter 78
Mahabharat Chapter 26 Mahabharat Chapter 79
Mahabharat Chapter 27 Mahabharat Chapter 80
Mahabharat Chapter 28 Mahabharat Chapter 81
Mahabharat Chapter 29 Mahabharat Chapter 82
Mahabharat Chapter 30 Mahabharat Chapter 83
Mahabharat Chapter 31 Mahabharat Chapter 84
Mahabharat Chapter 32 Mahabharat Chapter 85
Mahabharat Chapter 33 Mahabharat Chapter 86
Mahabharat Chapter 34 Mahabharat Chapter 87
Mahabharat Chapter 35 Mahabharat Chapter 88
Mahabharat Chapter 36 Mahabharat Chapter 89
Mahabharat Chapter 37 Mahabharat Chapter 90
Mahabharat Chapter 38 Mahabharat Chapter 91
Mahabharat Chapter 39 Mahabharat Chapter 92
Mahabharat Chapter 40 Mahabharat Chapter 93
Mahabharat Chapter 41 Mahabharat Chapter 94
Mahabharat Chapter 42 Mahabharat Chapter 95
Mahabharat Chapter 43 Mahabharat Chapter 96
Mahabharat Chapter 44 Mahabharat Chapter 97
Mahabharat Chapter 45 Mahabharat Chapter 98
Mahabharat Chapter 46 Mahabharat Chapter 99
Mahabharat Chapter 47 Mahabharat Chapter 100
Mahabharat Chapter 48 Mahabharat Chapter 101
Mahabharat Chapter 49 Mahabharat Chapter 102
Mahabharat Chapter 50 Mahabharat Chapter 103
Mahabharat Chapter 51 Mahabharat Chapter 104
Mahabharat Chapter 52 Mahabharat Chapter 105
Mahabharat Chapter 53 Mahabharat Chapter 106

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