Chapter 61 Karna is Shown Mirror By Bhisma
The big fight was set to start the next day. The grandsire, who is currently the Kaurava Generalissimo, was with Duryodhana in an effort to uplift him with his own sense of courage and joy.
Bhishma praised the soldiers positioned on the Kauravas’ side for their fortitude, skill, and prowess. Duryodhana felt uplifted. Karna eventually came up in their conversation.
Bhishma responded, “Karna has won your love, but I don’t think much of him. He is very conceited, and I dislike his intense hate of the Pandavas. His haughtiness has no bounds, and he frequently criticises others. He is not among the top warriors of the nation, in my opinion. In addition, he abandoned the heavenly armour he was born with. He won’t be much of a help to me in this war, therefore. He also is affected by Parasurama’s curse. When he most needs them, his mastery of supernatural weaponry will let him down since he won’t be able to recall the mantras. Karna will die as a result of the conflict he will have with Arjuna.”
Duryodhana and Karna found what Bhishma said to be incredibly repulsive. He didn’t mince words. The situation was made worse when Drona echoed the grandsire’s assessment and remarked, “Karna is full of pride and overconfidence, which will drive him to be negligent with the finer elements of strategy, and through negligence, he will suffer defeat.”
Karna turned to the grandsire with fiery eyes, furious at the grandsire’s harsh comments. He added, “You respected elder, have always treated me unfairly out of simple resentment and jealously and have never missed an occasion to make fun of me, even though I provided you no justification. For the benefit of Duryodhana, I put up with all of your insults and jabs. You said that I wouldn’t contribute much to the upcoming battle. Let me tell you my firm belief: You, not I, will let down the Kauravas. Why conceal your true emotions? The truth is that Duryodhana is unaware of your lack of real devotion for him. Because you despise me, you want to get in the way of Duryodhana and turn him against me. Furthermore, you have been disparaging my strength and wearing me down in order to achieve your evil plan. You have descended to conduct unbecoming to a kshatriya. A title to honour and respect among warriors is not conferred by age alone, but rather by prowess. Stop tainting our relationships.”
Karna then turned to Duryodhana and said, “mighty warrior, ponder well and consider your own welfare. Do not depend too heavily on the grandsire. He’s attempting to create division within our ranks. His evaluation of me will be detrimental to your mission. He wants to dull my excitement, so he runs me down. His time is over since he has gone senile. He is unable to show consideration for others due to his arrogance. Age must be respected, and experience is helpful, but, as the sastras tell us, there comes a time when ripeness turns into rottenness and decay and age becomes senility. You have appointed Bhishma as your Generalissimo, who will undoubtedly gain notoriety through the valiant actions of others. But as long as he is in charge, I will not carry a weapon. I won’t do that till he is down.”
The haughty man seldom realises how haughty he is. He accuses the accuser of the same sin when they make the accusation. He has distorted judgement, and everyone who calls it out on him is guilty in his eyes. This incident does a good job at illustrating this.
Bhishma responded while maintaining his composure: “Son of Surya, the reason you are still living at this time is because we are in a crisis. You were the Kauravas’ mastermind of wickedness.” Duryodhana was struggling.
Son of Ganga, I need both of your assistance, he said. “I’m sure that both of you will perform heroic feats. The combat starts at first light. With the enemy in full force in front of us, let there be no strife among allies!”
Karna, however, was emphatic that he would not join the military as long as Bhishma held the position of supreme leadership. Karna ultimately won Duryodhana over, and he allowed him to carry out his threat.
All of Karna’s soldiers took part in the war over the first 10 days, while he stayed outside. After the ninth day, when the great Bhishma was completely covered in arrow wounds on the battlefield, Karna went to him and knelt before him, requesting pardon and blessings, which he was granted.
After that, Karna collaborated and suggested Drona succeed Bhishma as commander of the Kaurava army. Karna assumed control and commanded the Kaurava armies when Drona and them both fell.
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.
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