Usually, people weigh and measure everybody by their size(moneywise, physically) but life and fate work in a mysterious way…A real-life story, when an insect became the instrument of existence to decide the fate of a great ancient warrior, KARNA…
The story takes you into the life of a famous warrior KARNA. He was one of the central figures of the great war MAHABHARAT which took place around 5000 years ago in India. This war was fought between brothers of a big family and almost all the states of India participated in this biggest ever war by joining either of the group. He was the son of an unwed mother Kunti, a princess who later in her life after marriage became the mother of the Pandavas. The Pandavas were five brothers who were his main opponent and key figures in the Mahabharat war.
How Karn was born and why Kunti abandoned him
Princess Kunti, daughter of King Shursena(KIngs used to be in Kshatriya class), served as an attendant to a great sage Durvasa for one year (it was a tradition in ancient Indian culture for learning from the great saints), while being a guest at her father’s palace. The sage pleased with her services granted her a boon to call upon any god of her choice, and get a child in his image. Kunti, while still unmarried, decided to test the boon and called upon Surya, the Sun god. Bound by the power of the mantra, Surya granted her a son, story says he was born through the ear (the ear is called Karna in the Local language). Thus Karna was born and given this name.
Unwilling to face the world as an unwed mother, Kunti abandoned Karna, setting him afloat in a box in a river. The child Karna floating down the river was picked up by King Dhritarashtra’s charioteer, Adhiratha, a person from the lower cast (in those days caste system was much prevalent in many areas of India). Karna was raised by him and his wife Radha and they named him RADHEY.
Karn’s Shiksha(teachings) by Guru Parshuram
As he grew into adulthood, Karna sought to be a warrior. He approached Guru (high-quality teacher) Dronacharya, teacher of the Royal princes, requesting admission into his school. Dronacharya refused to teach him, as he was a ‘Sutaputra’ or the son of a charioteer, being lower class. Karna realized his caste would continue to be a barrier in his quest for knowledge. He decided eventually to approach a great saint and teacher of this art Guru Parashurama, but he was known to teach Bramhins (upper cast) only.
Karna introduced himself as a Brahmin’s son to Guru Parashurama and urged his desire to learn the arts of war and was accepted as his student. Karna’s education began, and he spent a long time in his ashrama. He was focused only on his education and nothing else, Guru Parshuram soon recognized this and trained him in all the arts of war including the deadly and very powerful DIVINE weapons, which could be generated only by the power of Mantras.
He also used to serve and pleased his Guru in all possible ways and respects. When his education was almost complete, Guru Parashurama told him, I have taught you the complete science of war arts, you are very honest and you must use the knowledge given to you for a righteous cause.
Karan parshuram insect story -The Fate
When his teachings were complete, one afternoon, feeling tired in the jungle, Guru Parshuram asked Karna to bring something which can be used as a pillow so as to rest for some time. Karna politely offered him to use his lap as a pillow, Parashurama then laid his head in his favorite disciple’s lap and fell fast asleep, while Parshuram was resting on Karna’s lap, a big insect started to cut & penetrate into his(Karna’s) thigh, despite the severe pain Karna did not move an inch, so as his guru’s sleep may not get disturbed but as blood started oozing out of Karna,s thigh, Parshuram woke up with the warmth of blood.
Why was Karna cursed
After knowing the whole situation, far from even Karna’s wildest thoughts – he immediately concluded (as per his vast experience) that Karna can’t be a Brahmin. According to him, no brahmin could endure such immense pain, only a Kshatriya (a warrior caste) could have done so. Thus he became very angry and said I will never forgive you for this deception.
Parshuram’s shrap(Curse) to Karna
Karna pleaded that he was a Sutputra (a lower caste), not Kshatriya (warrior) as he himself also believed that he was born to a charioteer but Parshuram didn’t listen to his excuses & said again you are lying, you can’t be a Sutputra, you are Kshatriya & he CURSED Karna that “he would forget his teachings when he would require them the most” & this curse played the main role in Karna’s defeat & death by Arjun’s hands in Mahabharat war.
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