F is for Falguna from the Mahabharata.

Falguna, is the third of the Pandava brothers, Younger to Bheema (of B), husband to Chitrangada (of C), favourite student of Drona (of D) and the reason Eklavya (of E) is asked to sacrifice his thumb. But hey! You say, isn’t that Arjuna? And you are right. Well he was also called Falguna.

I could tell you stories about his divine birth, about his great archery and his great victories. I could tell you about his many loves and marriages or I could tell you about the year, he spent as a woman, or even the very dramatic moment when he sees his extended family, teacher and friends on the other side of the battle field, breaks down and refuses to fight. I could tell you about his glee when his enemies fall and his heartbreak when he hears of the death of his beloved son Abhimanyu. Some of these stories highlight his extraordinariness while others bring home his humanity, his frailty and I have often wondered what is it that Arjuna had or did that made Krishna choose him to be the first recipient of the wisdom of the Bhagvad Gita? And the answer for me lies in the story, that follows.

The Pandavas loose in a cunning game of dice and are sent off into exile by their cousins. On completing the stipulated thirteen years of exile, the Pandavas come back and ask that their kingdom be returned, as per the agreement between the cousins. The Kauravas of course, refuse to part with even a pinch of land and so war is declared. Both the Kauravas and the Pandavas rush to Krishna to enlist his support for their side in the forthcoming war.

Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kaurava prince and Arjuna or Falguna the third of the Pandava brothers , reach Krishna’s palace and ask him for his support.

Krishna says that he himself will not fight, but one of them can have his moral guidance and support while the other can have his world famous huge and powerful army – the Narayani Sena. Duryodhana wants to choose first, so that he can ask for the fierce army, for what good would a single non fighting Krishna be?

However, much to ‘Duryodhana’s chagrin, Krishna gives Arjuna the first choice. Duryodhana is sure that Arjuna will choose the army and he will be left with just the moral support of Krishna. Arjuna, however makes the wise fools choice, he immediately chooses Krishna, and Duryodhana who cant believe his luck, gets Krishna’s huge and magnificent army.

And thus the two sides enter the war. One with a huge physical army and the other with just God or Righteousness on their side.

For me, it is this choice that Arjuna makes, that separates him from the rest; the courage to choose Krishna and not be dazzled by the brilliance, grandeur and strength of the best army! It is this, that makes him a worthy recipient of the wisdom of the Gods.

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2 Responses to F is for Falguna from the Mahabharata.

  1. Tarkabarka says:

    I agree with you! It was a wise choice to make. And I really loved how you phrased your introduction! Great post.

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  2. the little princess says:

    This I did not know! great read!

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