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'Guru Dronacharya and Ekalavya' is a famous story of Mahabharata era. This episode gave enough space to Indian secularists, reformists and. Should Dronacharya have asked for the thumb of Ekalavya? The word Imagineering is a marriage of the words imagining and engineering. Since ages, the story of Eklavya(a character from the Indian epic- Mahabharata) has come to define exemplary discipleship. But there is an unheard and.
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His father used to invite a famous singer of the Ramayan to chant the Ramayan of Tulsidas every evening to him. He would sing the dohas and chaupais and explain them.
I must have been thirteen at that time, but I quite remember being enraptured by his reading. That laid the foundation of my deep devotion to the Ramayana. Today, I regard the Ramayana of Tulsidas as the greatest book in all devotional literature. However his strong values inculcated in his home brought him back to a life of truth. Ekalavya was not circumscribed by his environment which told him that archery was not for him. This was for the Kshatriyas.
Like Vibhisana who lived in an evil kingdom, refused to be evil, to the point of rejecting his brother Ravan, and being kicked out of Lanka and dispossessed came to Rama, Ekalavya had a vision and lived to make it a reality.
When Vibhisana came to Rama, everyone treated him as an enemy. They even wanted to put him to death.
They accused him of being a spy. He wanted to be a devotee of Rama. In his palace in Lanka surrounded by demons he had a temple where he chanted the name of Rama. Hanuman had discovered this temple and the chanting which led Hanuman to form a friendship with Vibhisana. Therefore compare the attitude of Sri Rama to Vibhisana as against the attitude of DRonacharya to Ekalavya and you would see the vision and standards set by Sri Rama as a teacher. When everyone except Hanuman wanted to destroy Vibhisana Rama declared: As soon as any creature appears before me, the sins of his ten million lives are washed away.
What is the nature of the Guru? A Guru is described by Kabir in this couplet: One whose sacred knowledge removes the darkness of ignorance of a disciple is a guru. Kabir goes on in another verse to describe the qualities of a Guru. But a disciple should be such who is ready to offer all his possessions to his Guru; and only then is it possible to receive true knowledge from him. He refused to teach Ekalavya.
It would appear that he refused for selfish reasons, reasons that involved Arjuna. Dronacharya could even be described as being partial to Arjuna. Is this the way of a Guru? It appears that Dronacharya was also caste conscious, a factor that excluded Ekalavya from being his student.
Finally he asked Ekalavya for the ultimate sacrifice, to give him his thumb. Dronacharya exhibited the human weakness of jealousy despite his greatness. Dronacharya had a special affection for Arjuna. He had proclaimed Arjuna the best student, the best archer. He could not now go back on his word, or should he not have had the humility to recognize and give praise to Ekalavya?
We can compare the attitude and approach of Dronacharya with that of Sri Rama in the famous Rama Gita section of the Ramayan. When the brothers, the sages and the nobles had gathered and taken their seats in the assembly, the Lord Rama who puts an end to the fears of his votaries addressed them as follows: What I am about to say to you is not due to any sentimental attachment at heart.
I would not say anything improper nor seek to use my authority over you. Listen to me and ten act as may seem good to you. He is my servant and my best beloved who does my bidding. If I say anything that seems improper, then be not afraid to correct me. Tulsidas in Uttara Kanda tells us that Rama did not make a distinction between whom he invited and whom he did not invite. He invited all the citizens of Ayodhya nd when they were comfortably seated he began to address them In addition he gave all of them the open invitation to question him and to challenge anything he said with which they might have disagreed.
He also made it clear that he was not doing so out of any sentimental attachment to them. The treatment which Sri Rama meted out to Guha and the Nishada boatman stands in sharp contrast to the treatment meted out to Ekalavya by Dronacharya.
Ekalavya: A Progressive Reading
Guha was also considered an outcaste. So too was the boatman. Sri Ram allowed the boatman to wash his feet before ferrying him across the river. Dronacharya failed to meet the expectations of a Guru in his biased approach to Ekalavya. A guru should not be attached to a particular student! The story of Ekalavya is also a story of gratitude. In the relationship between Guru and Shisya, there comes a time when the student by tradition is expected to show gratitude to the teacher by engaging in Guru Dakshina, giving an appropriate gift to the teacher.
Dronacharya exacts the ultimate dakshina from Ekalavya. On the other hand Ekalavya does not think twice. He fulfils what the tradition asks of him. He gives his thumb. The question will remain as to whether Dronacharya awas right in making such a demand. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. February Self-training[ edit ] In the MahabharataEkalavya was son of Hiranyadhanus, who was King Jarasandha's army commander and leader of the Nishadhas.
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Ekalavya was hurt when he was rejected by Acharya Drona, Ekalavya still didn't give up on his resolute will to master archery. Drona sent him back from the Ashram after being called not able to learn archery.
Ekalavya made a symbolic statue of Drona from the mud he walked upon and worshiped it as his guru. He began a disciplined program of self-study over many years. As he was her son in previous life. Ekalavya aspired to study archery in the gurukul of Guru Drona. Ekalavya is called as one of the foremost of kings in the Starbharata Yajna. He brought Krishna's son to the court of Hastinapur when he kidnapped Duryodhan's daughter. Ekalavya was hurt when he was rejected by Acharya Drona, Ekalavya still didn't give up on his resolute will to master archery.
Eklavya Gives His Right Thumb to Dronacharya as Gurudakshin
Drona sent him back from the Ashram after being called not able to learn archery. Ekalavya made a symbolic statue of Drona from the mud he walked upon and worshiped it as his guru. He began a disciplined program of self-study over many years.
Guru Dakshina One day when students were going out into the forest, Arjuna saw a dog that was unable to bark due to an amazing construction of arrows in and all around his mouth.