Most of our purana stories veer towards controlling of one’s ego – a form of lust, is it not?

Here is one more story…

At the end of the Kurukshetra war, on the last journey with Krishna as a charioteer Arjuna was talking about his great archery. One of the incidents was when Karna hits Arjuna’s chariot…and the chariot goes back one foot.

So Arjuna’s reply is a strong arrow to hit Karna’s chariot which goes back 12 feet!

So Arjuna, like any warrior is proud that he had a greater impact…

However Arjuna had one problem – he thought that Krishna should (like all good drivers) get down first and then help Arjuna get down. Krishna, obviously, knew this…but did not allow that to happen.

At the end of the journey Krishna told Arjuna “please go far away and wait for me, I will join you”

So Arjuna went off, and Krishna released the horses…and then got off and was walking towards Arjuna and the chariot broke in a blast!

Krishna then explained to Arjuna:

Your chariot was protected by Hanuman at the top and me by sitting on it. You remember the arrow that Karna used….and our chariot went back just one foot?

If there was no Hanuman and Krishna on that chariot, you would have been blown to pieces by that arrow of Karna.

We all have our Hanumans and Krishnas helping us…we keep forgetting them and start taking credit for all the good things in the world…Here is a reminder to remain on the ground…

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  1. just publishing short stories from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Hindu Mahasamudram will keep me busy over next 20 years 🙂 it is an awesome treasure indeed. Giving the philosophical touch and personal finance touch is useful…

  2. Amazing story, Subra. You made my day 🙂

    Indeed most of us have this issue. Taking credit for right things which we did not do and blaming others for wrong things which we did.

  3. Thanks you Sir!

    By far the best blog post (apart from financial stuff) in a long long time…

    I knew this story but as usual was buried under dust, thank god I stumbled upon this post…

  4. Hi Subra

    I came across your site just couple of months ago and I have read several of your articles – including older ones. I have learnt many things and there were some great lessons. But this one is THE BEST and I wanted to share my feeling. And I won’t forget this story. Thank you.

  5. This is just a piece from Bhagwad Geeta. Just imagine how great this epic is.
    Thank you Subraji for sharing this.

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