Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Glimpses from Mahabharata # 22 - Human conduct in Kali Yuga

Yudhishthira, the victor in the Kurukshetra War, ruled the Kuru kingdom wisely.

After some time, he, his brothers and Draupadi decided to retire to the forest to lead an austere life. On the day they were leaving, two Brahmins approached Yudhishthira.

Brahmin A told him that he had bought a piece of land from Brahmin B for building a house and,having paid the money, he had legally registered the deed.

When he started to dig the land for laying the foundation he discovered a pot of gold. Brahmin B came to know about this and was claiming the gold as it was his ancestors who had left the treasure there.

Brahmin A, however, insisted that once he had obtained the title for the land, whatever was found in the land automatically belonged to him. Yudhishthira heard the two Brahmins and turned to Bhima who was nearby.

He wanted to know what Bhima thought of the dispute. Bhima told his brother, “Respected elder brother. Yesterday these two Brahmins came to me with the same problem. Brahmin A, the new owner of the land, said that he had only bought the land and hence had no claim over the treasure.

But Brahmin B would have nothing of it. The treasure came from the land which now belonged to Brahmin A, he said. In fact, their plaints were completely the opposite of what they are presenting today.

This means that from today Dwaparayuga is over and Kaliyuga is born.”

Of the four yugas or ages, the first, Krita, is totally free from sins. The two yugas following Krita, namely, Treta and Dwapara, find sin and dishonesty slowly taking over.

In Kaliyuga, where we live, morals are completely dead.

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