I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are plenty of life lessons one can learn from the Mahabharata. Let’s put history to use and take a look at 15 lessons from one of the greatest epics in Hindu mythology.
1. Being kind, humble and generous is not enough to live life.
2. Bad company can ruin your life beyond imagination.
We all hate Shakuni mama, don’t we? He literally destroyed everything that the Kauravas owned, and he influenced them to be negative. If it wasn’t for him, the war wouldn’t have happened at all.
3. Unconditional support and loyal friends can take you places.
The Pandavas had Lord Krishna, and the Kauravas had Karna. Both of them always backed the two parties, no matter what. In fact, Duryodhan was really weak without Karna
4. Too many kids can be problematic
100 Kauravas were difficult to control. And practically speaking, how do you divide an entire empire when there are so many sons?
5. Learning household chores like cooking and cleaning can actually be beneficial.
Such skills definitely make your life easy, less stressful and keep you occupied. We learned this from the Pandavas’ experience of an exile in the forest.
6. You need to fight for what you think belongs to you.
The Pandavas never stopped fighting for what rightfully belonged to them. Their courage and determination is definitely something to admire and learn from.
7. Being too emotional can be a bad idea.
Dhritrashtra’s love for his son was blind. Throughout the epic, he remained torn between his principles and keeping his son happy. Somehow this made Duryodhan even more evil than what he already was, leading to awful consequences and the war.
8. Learning throughout life is the best gift you can give yourself.
Arjun grasped whatever came his way. Not only did he learn the best of military science from Drona, but he was also interested in learning about divine weapons from Indra. He learnt about Pashupatastra from Mahadev as well. Additionally,he treated Yudhishter and Krishna as his mentors too, and continued learning whatever they had to offer.
9. Sometimes, enemies come in the form of friends
Although the Kauravas were more in number, their supporters were not really in favour of them. Bheeshma, Vidura and Drona secretly admired the Pandavas. Especially Vidura, who was the ultimate guide in everything the Kauravas did.
10. No man can fulfill everything a women wants or needs.
Draupadi had five husbands. They were strong and wealthy, but they all became helpless when she was disgraced by multiple other men. They had everything, but failed to show courage.
11. Half knowledge can be more dangerous than no knowledge.
Or Abhimanyu wouldn’t have died. Although we remember him for his bravery and undying courage, he ultimately lost his life.
12. Never make a woman angry
Or she’ll curse you and destroy you. Draupadi’s anger and desire for revenge led to the war and downfall of the Kuru clan
13. You cannot be stopped if you are passionate about what you do.
Most of us know that Arjun was the greatest archer in the world. But Eklavya was even better than him. He hid himself behind the trees and grasped everything that Drona taught Arjun. His passion for archery and hunger for knowledge made him even better than Arjun at archery.
14. Never make anyone feel undesirable.
Or it’ll come back to bite you. Arjun dismissed Urvashi and she cursed him to be a eunuch for a year.
15. A good strategy is what you need to sail your boat.
If Pandavas didn’t have Krishna and his master plan, they wouldn’t have witnessed the victory they did. Always have a plan.