Episode # 645 – “More than winning wars, following “Dharma” is important for me” – Yudishtra answers Yaksha!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of Yaksha’s questions to Yudishtra. Here, we’ve seen how Yudishtra had answered all of Yaksha’s questions pertaining to “Dharma” and we’ve come to a stage wherein Yaksha is giving an option to Yudishtra in choosing to waking up one out of the four brothers who had fallen unconscious. To this, Yudishra chooses Nakula to be waken up and this surprises Yaksha. Upon asking the reason for Yudishtra’s choice, Yudishtra replies that Nakula can be one representative of Maadri’s next generation, and as Kunthi’s representative, Yudishtra himself is there. Hence, a mother should not be left childless after she has given birth to children. This shows how much importance Yudishtra is giving for a mother and we should understand this point clearly. 

Moving on thus, as Yudishtra gives such an explanation, Yaksha follows it up with his next question – “Oh Yudishtra! You’ve given a very important reasoning for choosing Nakula to be woken up. However, I’m not very convinced with your answer yet. Why do you want Nakula to be specifically woken up? Sahadeva is also Maadri’s son isn’t he? So why not Sahadeva and why Nakula? Of course, I can understand the fact that Bheemasena and Arjuna are Kunthi’s sons and since you are alive as her representative, you do not want to choose them. But why Nakula instead of Sahadeva? Is there any reasoning for that?” Yudishtra replies to this question thus, “Oh Yaksha! Nakula is the eldest of the two. Only if the eldest son is alive, will he be able and eligible to perform all the aspects of “Dharma” for his mother and father. If the eldest son is not there, “Dharma” will come to a standstill isn’t it? Hence, in my case, this condition is satisfied, as I’m alive. However, for the “Dharma” that has to be performed for Maadri, Nakula is the one who should be alive. This is the reason behind me opting for Nakula, instead of Sahadeva!” 

Yudishtra continues thus, “Oh Yaksha! You had mentioned earlier that if I would have woken up Bheemasena or Arjuna, I would have won over my enemies in the battlefield. You may be right by saying that. However, I’m not a person who is an opportunist. I do not look up to my brothers to help me defeat my enemies. I want all of them to follow “Dharma”. For me, “Dharma” is more important than being a ruler of a country. Hence, I refrained from selecting Bheemasena and Arjuna from being woken up. Of course, I know very well that both of them are extremely powerful. But if I see only their power behind my decision, I’ll become an opportunist who is hungry for power. However, I’m someone who is more interested in “Dharma” rather than gaining power. Winning in a war is not important for me as compared to following “Dharma”. If I follow “Dharma”, victory in wars will automatically follow and I need not chase it. I’m not dependent on Bheemasena or Arjuna for my victory in wars. I’m only dependent on Bhagawan for all my requirements, and if Bhagawan has to help me, I’ve to follow my “Dharma” correctly. Thus, only if I bring back Nakula, will “Dharma” sustain. “Dharma” towards parents is the most important thing that any son should execute in his life, no matter whatever he does!” 

As Yudishtra answers confidently thus, tears of joy start rolling down Yaksha’s eyes! Yaksha replies thus, “Oh Yudishtra! I never anticipated that you would give such great replies pertaining to “Dharma” like this! You’ve once again proved to be an epitome of “Dharma” in all possible ways! Hence, I order hereby that all your four brothers would get up from their unconscious state immediately and all of you will rejoin each other as before!” Thus, with this, we come to the end of the great “Yaksha-Prashnam” and for today, let us understand up to this point. We shall continue this interesting discussion further in the next episode as well! Stay tuned! 🙂 


Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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