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RE: Is Sri Krisna moral?

From: Sriram Ranganathan (
Date: Mon Jan 28 2002 - 21:01:22 PST

Dear Greg / Members,

MahAbhArathA is a virtual minefield when it comes to ethics, particularly
the events surrounding the kurushetrA war. The aswadhAmA episode and
duryOdhana-bhEmA duel highlighted should not be considered alone. That would
be taking things out of context.

In reality, neither yudhistrA was asked to lie nor bhEmA instructed to
violate the rules of one-to-one conflict. Just for the record, bhIshmA,
drOnA, vidurA, kripAchAryA and karnA were all bestowed with special powers
not just for their superior fighting skills but also for their honesty and
commitment to uphold dharmA at all costs. But when they failed and were
forced to use such powers to fight on the side of evil due to their very
morality and commitment, then how do you counter such a situation?

The evil duo - sakuni and duryOdhanA - transgressed all ethics and exploited
the loyalty and love of every member of the clan, ultimately leading to a
war that nobody except the two desired. Together, they manipulated every
noble soul in HastinApur, in every conceivable way. All rules were broken by
the kauravAs even before the first arrow was shot. Had Lord KrishnA decided
to take matters in His own hand, it wouldn't have taken Him a nanosecond.
Yet, He played by the rules, till the very end.

The correct way to interpret and understand the kurushetrA events is to
consider them in their entirety. Within the constraints of an unjust war
were the odds favored the evil forces quite overwhelmingly, Lord srI krishnA
assisted the pAndavAs to restore dharmA.


           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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