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Loyalty - Nishika Hegde

posted Jan 16, 2015, 12:37 PM by Balvihar Teachers 6A   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 12:37 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]

   I think one of the many topics in the Mahabharata is loyalty.  An  example of this is the story of Karna and his loyalty to Duryodhana.  It all began when he was at a competition to win the hand of Draupadi as his wife.  There he met  Duryodhana who gave Karna his own kingdom and made him a ruler, even after everyone teased and judged him for being a charioteer’s son.  For this act of kindness Karna was forever loyal to him and even fought for him in the war against his own brothers.  

I think loyalty is a good quality to have because it makes you a better friend and people will trust you.  It is also a very hard thing to possess because you can be faced with very tough situations that require you to make difficult choices.   

Determination - Rahul Jasti

posted Jan 16, 2015, 12:35 PM by Balvihar Teachers 6A   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 12:35 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]

Determination is a great quality to have. To have determination means you don’t give up. Determination is often targeted to a fixed purpose or intention. A scene I chose in Mahabharatha shows a good example of determination. The scene is when Jayadratha kills Abhimanyu, Arjuna’s son, unfairly. Arjuna vows to kill Jayadratha by sunset on the next day. This already shows determination from Arjuna. The next day Arjuna makes his way to the back of the army where Jayadratha is and kills him. Arjuna never gives up throughout this scene. Also, his intentions are fixed on killing Jayadratha. This scene is an excellent example of determination from Arjuna.

Sacrifice - Prateek Gautam

posted Jan 16, 2015, 12:34 PM by Balvihar Teachers 6A   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 12:34 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]

One major theme in the epic of Mahabharat is sacrifice. It impacted a lot of events 
that occurred. There are different types of sacrifice. It could be giving something up, or 
something that is offered to another. In the end it can benefit you, or someone else. But the 
overall idea is that you are losing something to gain something else that is of greater 
importance. A sacrifice does not have to be letting go of something big that will change your 
life, or somebody else’s life. It can be simple decisions that are made in your everyday life. 
 Like choosing to go to a soccer game instead of a birthday party, or an apple over potato 
chips. However there are larger sacrifices, like a person in the army putting their life on the 
line to protect others. Sometimes people renounce something in the name of sacrifice. 
However, if what you are giving up is not something that is meaningful to you, then it is not 
a true sacrifice.

In Mahabharat, the sacrifices that were made were life changing. One huge sacrifice 
that was made in the Mahabharata was by Bheeshma. His father was King Shantanu and 
he wanted to marry Satyavati. The condition Satyavati told Shantanu was that her sons 
would become the next kings after Shantanu, instead of Bheeshma, who was called 
Devarat at the time. Although the throne was rightfully his, Devarat sacrificed that right for 
his father’s happiness and took an oath that he would not become the king of Hastinapur. 
He also promised that he would never get married, so his sons could never become king 
either. This act of sacrifice and loyalty earned him the name, Bheeshma. Similarly, when 
Gandhari married Dhritarashtra, she found out that he was blind. She did not want to be any 
better than her husband, so she tied a blindfold around her eyes, sacrificing her sense of 
vision. So, sacrifice has been a common theme in the past, and still is today.

Ekalavya - Varun Goel

posted Jan 16, 2015, 12:29 PM by Balvihar Teachers 6A   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 12:29 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]

The event of the Mahabharata that I chose to represent one of the characteristics that 
we were given is the part when Dronacharya tells Ekalavya that he cannot be trained with the 
Pandavas and the Kauravas. Representing righteousness and loyalty Ekalavya makes a 
promise. Although he was denied, he showed determination and compassion for being an 
archer, by secretly practicing in the woods, and watching Dronacharya. He shows devotion, 
when he makes a statue of Dronacharya. Once Dronacharya sees what Ekalavya can do, he 
sees his excellence for archery. He lastly shows sacrifice, when asked to cut off his right 
thumb and give it to Dronacharya as a guru dakshina.

Characteristics Ekalavya represented in this event:

Righteousness
Loyalty
Devotion
Promise
Determination
Excellence
Compassion
Sacrifice

Friendships - Riya Contractor

posted Jan 16, 2015, 12:27 PM by Balvihar Teachers 6A   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 12:27 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]

The Mahabharatha has two different type of friendship connections.
Arjuna and Krishna, Karna and Duryodhana
They each have different views in their friendships.
Karna and Duryodhana were indeed true friends and loyal to each other .
For example,Everyone insulted Karna,but Duryodhana stood by his side and considered him equal.
Karna never forgot Duryodhana's gesture and vowed to assist Duryodhana through his life and problems.
Their friendship compared to Arjuna and Krishna are similar and different in many ways.
Arjuna and Krishna used their friendship for many good reasons,like in the war when Karna used the serpent king,Takshak to kill Arjuna , Krishna quickly shifted the position of the chariot and missed Arjuna,saving him.
Similarities between these two friendships are that they both are loyal and respect each other.
They each stay by each others sides in situations,good or bad.These two friendships are the rare class of friends,"Dharmathma" (the righetous soul)

Promise - Praveen Dharmavarapu

posted Jan 16, 2015, 12:15 PM by Balvihar Teachers 6A   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 12:17 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]

Promise is a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen. In Mahabharata, the story of King Shantanu and Ganga shows a little about promise. It also shows the consequences of breaking a promise. This story shows you should be slow to promise but quick to perform and to promise is easy, to keep is troublesome. Now that I have explained a little about promise I will tell the story of King Shantanu and Ganga.

One day, King Shantanu went out hunting in the forest in which flowed the river Ganga. He got out of his chariot to have stroll by the banks of the river when all of a sudden his eyes noticed a beautiful damsel emerging out of the water. Shantanu asked the damsel who she was. The damsel wanted to know why Shantanu asked that. He then tells the damsel that his name is Shantanu and that she has captured his heart. The damsel questions the king if he would want to marry her. He says of course! Why not? The damsel said only on one condition. I am Ganga the goddess of this river and I have a special mission to finish. The condition is you would neither ask me the reason of anything I do nor prevent me from doing it. Shantanu and Ganga later married each other and went back to Hastinapur.

 After a while, Ganga had a baby and Shantanu was joyful. But his face wore a frown when Ganga hurried out of the palace. The king followed her and ended up in the banks of Ganga. He was surprised to see her placing the baby in the river and letting it drown. But the he knew the promise he made and said nothing. Ganga did the same thing to 7 more children. When the 8th son was born King Shantanu had enough with the drowning of his children. Right at the moment Ganga was dropping the baby in the river the king stopped her. He asked her what all this nonsense was. Hearing this, Ganga told Shantanu that he has broken his promise. She also said that she won’t kill this son but she will leave Shantanu for the rest of his life.

This shows that you shouldn’t expect from others you can’t promise them yourself. Shantanu’s heart was gripped by Ganga’s beauty and didn’t care as much as to what the condition was. He didn’t expect her to drown babies and he shouldn’t have made the promise. This story teaches us that we should think before we make promises.  

Loyalty and Friendship - Aditya Sreerameneni

posted Jan 16, 2015, 12:14 PM by Balvihar Teachers 6A   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 12:18 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]

A good example of loyalty and friendship  in the Mahabharata is between Duryodhana and Karna. 
The reason I chose this as my topic is because even after Kunti, Karna’s biological mother told him he was her son and that the  Pandavas were his brothers, he still chose to be on the Kauravas side.
Duryodhana and Karna were very loyal to each other. Duryodhana befriended him after he saw him as an perfect opponent to match the martial skills of the Pandavas. He made sure that Karna got the same coaching and knowledge that was reserved for the princes. He treated him like his own family member and Karna idolized Duryodhana. Many a time Karna was belittled because he was a commoner but Duryodhana stood by him like a rock and supported him.
One such instance of their strong bond of friendship was at a competition that was held to test the warrior skills of both the Kauravas and Pandavas. The Pandavas impressed the Gurus and the crowds with their martial arts more than the Kauravas. At that point Duryodhana brought in Karna as an opponent to Arjuna to display their archery skills. The sage Kripacharya said Karna could not face Arjuna since he was a son of a charioteer, while Arjuna was a prince. Without any hesitation, Duryodhana came to his rescue and announced that Karna would henceforth be known as the ruler of the state of  Anga. This is one of the many examples of loyalty and friendship between the two.I think it is good and bad at the same time. Because Karna chose to stay with his friend who cared for him rather than side with his family. He also stuck with the Kauravas during  the Kurukshetra war though Kunti and the Pandavas pleaded with him not to fight a losing battle against his own family. Karna sacrificed his family and stuck with his friend who stood by him. Karna could have enjoyed the luxury of having a royal family and also being the ruler of Hastinapura, as he was the oldest of the Pandava brothers, but he chose not to sacrifice his friendship and loyalty to Duryodhana. He also proved to be a man of his word to his mother Kunti, by not hurting his brothers during Kurukshetra.

        I admire the qualities of Karna because of his loyalty, honesty and bravery. This makes me reflect on the thought that if you have  determination and discipline in life, you can go to any extent to achieve the goals you set. I learnt the values of friendship, determination and respect after reading about Karna.

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