Rashmirathi (Karna replies to Krishna: From III chapter)Rashmirathi (Karna replies to Krishna: From III chapter)

Submitted / Updated On: Thursday, November 08, 2007 | Written By: Ramdhari Singh Dinkar | Hits since Feb 1, 2014: 12611

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Karnas reply to Krishna: From III Chapter

[Rashmirathi is quite a phenomenon in the world of Hindi poetry. Here is another excerpt from third chapter. Lord Krishna had failed to convince Duryodhana to avoid the war. Duryodhana had refused to give any thing back to Pandavas and Krishna had left after declaring that a war in now imminent. On his way out, he met Karna and asked him to come along in his chariot. Karna was the greatest warrior Duryodhana had and without Karna Kauravas were sure to get defeated in the war. Krishna thought of another way to avoid the war by convincing Karna to leave Duryodhana and come to the side of Pandavas. Karna in fact was the eldest son of Kunti, the mother of Yudhishthir, Bheem and Arjuna (eldest three Pandavas), whom she had abandoned just after birth because she was unmarried at the time of his birth and did not want to suffer the ignominy of an unmarried mother. Abandoned Karna grew up in a low caste family but Duryodhana recognizing his skills as a great warrior, adopted him as a close friend in spite of his apparently lowly origin. Karna was a legendry philanthropist, cared little about wealth and status, and valued greatly his friendship with Duryodhana. Presented here is a part of his reply to Krishna where he justifies his friendship with Duryodhana and refuses to give it up, even though he is in fact a brother of Pandavas. The poet says in his foreword to Rashmirathi that in this epic he found opportunities to introduce his own comments on the society and times. Such priceless pearls of wisdom are scattered throughout the book. Note in this excerpt poets views about how the wealth and status corrupt a person, of course through Karnas narration - Rajiv K Saxena]
Keywords: Karna, reply, trust, wisdom, Mahabharat, Kunti, mother, son, war, kaurav, pandava, Krishna, river of life, moon, sun