Chapter 90 Drona was Killed Deceitfully
Everyone who has heard the Mahabharata epic is familiar with Ghatotkacha, Bhimasena’s illustrious son by his asura bride. Among the characters from the Mahabharata, there are two young men who exhibit all the virtues of heroism, fortitude, strength, courage, and amiability. They are Ghatotkacha, the son of Bhima, and Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna. At the battle of Kurukshetra, they both lost their lives.
The hate that had been aroused on both sides toward the end of the Mahabharata conflict could not find comfort in a battle that was fought during the day and ended at dusk. On the fourteenth day, when dusk fell, they continued to battle under the light of torches. The battlefield of Kurukshetra displayed an unusual spectacle that had never previously been observed in Bharatadesa. Hundreds of torches were blazing, and thousands of men on both sides were engaged in combat while employing signals designed specifically for darkness.
Because asuras are most powerful at night, Ghatotkacha and his asura forces took advantage of the cover of darkness to assault Duryodhana’s army. When Duryodhana witnessed the slaughter of thousands of his soldiers by Ghatotkacha and his demon army, who were attacking in strange and unanticipated ways while gliding through the air, his heart fell inside him.
“Kill this man right away, Karna, or our entire army will soon perish. Put an end to him right now.” All of Karna’s bewildered Kauravas pleaded as such.
After being struck by an asura’s arrow, Karna found himself confused and furious. He undoubtedly carried the unfailingly effective spear that Indra had given him. However, it could only be used once, and he had carefully guarded it for use solely on Arjuna, with whom he knew a pivotal confrontation was unavoidable. However, Karna launched the rocket at the young giant out of nowhere amid the chaos and fury of that spooky nocturnal melee. Arjuna was rescued in this way, but at a high price. Ghatotkacha, Bhima’s adored son, died when he was shooting fatal arrows at the Kaurava army from above, leaving the Pandavas inconsolable.
The conflict continued. Drona’s persistent strikes caused havoc and terror in the Pandava army. “No one, O Arjuna, can vanquish this Drona when they engage in combat while abiding by the stringent laws of battle. Without abandoning dharma, we cannot deal with him. We don’t have any other options. There is only one thing that can convince him to stop fighting. Drona will become completely disinterested in life and lay down his weapons the moment he learns that Aswatthama has died. Therefore, someone needs to inform Drona that Aswatthama has been killed.”
The idea made Arjuna cower in terror since he couldn’t bring himself to speak a falsehood. The people around him rejected the notion as well since no one wanted to participate in deception.
Yudhishthira stayed still for some time, thinking hard. He broke the tie by saying, “I shall carry the load of this sin!”
It was peculiar. But did not Rudra go forward to ingest the terrible poison that threatened to engulf the gods while the ocean was stirring at the beginning of the world? Rama was compelled to murder Vali against the principles of fair play in order to save the buddy who had entirely depended on him. Yudhishthira likewise made the decision to accept the dishonour now since there was no other option.
Bhima raised his iron mace and struck the enormous Aswatthama elephant in the head, killing it instantly. Bhimasena approached the division led by Drona after slaying the elephant Aswatthama and screamed for everyone to hear.
“I’ve murdered Aswatthama!” Bhimasena, who up until that point had never committed or even considered committing an ignoble deed, was deeply humiliated as he spoke these words.
They pounded at his core, but were they really true? Drona was about to discharge a Brahmastra when he heard these words. Is it true that my kid has been killed, Yudhishthira? Addressing Dharmaputra, Dronacharya questioned.
Even for the kingdom of the three realms, the acharya believed Yudhishthira would not speak falsely.
Drona’s question caused Krishna much agitation. “We will be in trouble if Yudhishthira fails us right now and backs away from speaking the truth. The Pandavas would be annihilated by the unquenchable might of Drona’s Brahmastra “said he.
As he stood quaking in fear of what he was about to do, Yudhishthira himself was equally driven by the will to triumph. He thought to himself, “Let it be my sin,” hardened his heart, and proclaimed out loud, “Yes, Aswatthama has been slain. However, as he was saying it, he once again felt embarrassed and added, in a low, trembling voice, “Aswatthama, the elephant,” but Drona was unable to hear him above the clamour.
Sanjaya described the battle’s events to the blind Dhritarashtra, telling him, “O king, so was a tremendous transgression done.”
When Yudhishthira spoke lies, the wheels of his chariot, which had previously always stood and travelled four inches above the ground without ever touching it, suddenly descended and touched the ground.
Yudhishthira, who had before distanced himself from the world’s abundance of lies, all of a sudden changed and became earthy. He, too, craved triumph and fell into the path of deceit, which caused his chariot to descend to mankind’s main thoroughfare.
All of Drona’s devotion to life broke when he learned that his adored kid had been murdered. And the longing faded, as if it had never existed. When the veteran was in that frame of mind, Bhimasena yelled, accusing him harshly: “You brahmanas have destroyed kings by turning away from the proper duties of your varna and adopting the Kshatriya profession of weapons. The princes would not have been guided to this devastation if you brahmanas had not strayed from the responsibilities that were naturally yours. You preach that non-killing is the ultimate kind of morality and that the brahmana is its protector and provider. But you have brazenly chosen to practise murder instead of accepting the wisdom that is naturally yours. Your descent into this evil existence was our misery.”
Drona, who had already lost the will to live, suffered excruciating pain as a result of these taunts from Bhimasena. He laid down in a yoga position on the floor of his chariot, gave aside his weapons, and quickly fell into a trance.
Dhrishtadyumna arrived at this point, sword drawn, and stepped into the chariot. Ignoring the shouts of shock and scorn from everyone around him, he then carried out his destiny as the slayer of Drona by cutting off the ancient warrior’s head. And the son of Bharadwaja’s spirit erupted into a visible battle blaze before ascending into the heavens.
The Mahabharata is a fantastic and amazing history. The woes of human life are shown in a vast panorama and with exquisite beauty. Vyasa showed humanity the Transcendent Reality behind the series of incidents of mistakes and tragedies. As a result, while being majorly a feud between cousins, the Mahabharata has evolved into a book of dharma. Being realistic, this work is very different from stories and romances in both style and content. In contemporary books and plays, thrilling situations are acted out, everything is staged, the hero overcomes challenges and perils, and ultimately marries the lady he loves. Or other, everything appears to be going well, but then something dreadful happens and the curtain falls. This is how regular spectacular stories are illustrated.
The Mahabharata and the Ramayana being real life incidents are quite distinct works of literature. The history is presented in poetic narration for the Sages to remember them and recite to next generations. Reading them causes our inner self to be “seized” and “cleaned,” so to speak, as every human experiences joy and suffering before being ultimately raised above both and brought to the Transcendent and Real.
Mahabharat is rightly called the fourth Veda. The reason being, the Mahabharata’s fundamental significance is found in its thorough explanation of humanity’s four primary aspirations, or Purusharthas: dharma, artha, kama, and moksha. The Vedic philosophy and obscure life principles that are not immediately understandable by everyone are captured in the history in their entirety. As the fifth Veda, it is revered.
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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