President of Patriots Forum, D.C. Nath was superannuated in January, 1995, as the Special Director, Intelligence Bureau, D.C. Nath (IPS-1960) was associated with the International Institute of Security and Safety Management (IISSM), headquartered in New Delhi, for over 14 years, first as the Executive President & CEO and then as the President & Director General, between February, 1997 and March, 2011. The author of a highly acclaimed book, Intelligence Imperatives for India, Mr. Nath earned high plaudits from all around for two of his very significant presentations on: “Revisiting the Future of India” (2005, London) and “Lessons from India for the War On Terrorism” (2007, USA). He is the only one in the field, combining the experiences of a police officer with specialization in intelligence and strategic analysis and an industrial security expert par excellence. More Bio on D. C. Nath…
December 20, 20167
Subject:SNNIPETS FROM MAHABHARAT
We had attempted this mail on the presumption that the knowledge of MAHABHARAT is limited to many of us to what we have seen in the TV screen. Sadly, there is a superstation that a copy of the MAHABHARAT should not be kept at home.
Here we go:
1) The genesis of MAHABHARAT lies in what Draupadi had said when Durjodhan had visited the Pandavas at the Indrapratha. Durjodhan was walking over the highly polished/shining marble plates on the floor. At one place in the floor, it was water. It was difficult to disinguish between the shining marble plates and the water on the floor. Durjodhan fell into the water. Draupadi saw this from the first floor balcony and burst into laughter, saying “Kaanaa
Baabaar, Kaanaa Chele, meaning thereby blind father’s blind son.” Durjodhan remembered this taunt and made up his mind to take suitable revenge.
2) When the Pancha Pandavas broght Drupadi home, Kunti told the Panavas to divide the booty amongst the five brothers, without even looking back what the booty was. This reflected the male-female reatio in the society at that point of time. It was against the females. In other words, this was a hard fact of life.
3) Gita was an event of half an hour as against the Kurukshetra War that lasted for eighteen days.
4) The Kuru dynasty extended from Ulupi in Nagaland/Manipur in the East, that is to at least the present day Kandahar, which was then known as Gandharva to the West. Gandhari, the sister of all important Shokuni, married Dhritarashastra and covered her eyes by way of showing respect to her blind husband.
5) It was Shokuni who advised Durjodhan to throw a challenge to Judhisthir to play a game of pasha, a variant of the game of chess. The playing pasha pieces were so made that these would play what was wanted. Judhistir had to accept, as per custom. Durjodhan requested Shokni to play the game on his behalf.
Therein lay the mischief.
6) Arjun was at the evening dance recital in Indra’s palace. Menoka was the danuse, She felt attracted to Arjun. Menoka came forward and asked Arjun to accept her Arjun looked at all women as mothers. So, he told Menoka accordingly. It was thus a case love spurned. Menoka cursed Arjun that he would remain ‘napungshak’ for a year.
It did happen Arjun took advantage of that when the Pandavas had to remain in disguise as the result of Judhistir having lost the game of pasha.
7) Danvir Karna was was born in the womb of Kunti when she unmarried. Lord Krisana knew that. He had therefore later told the Pandavas that Karna was Kaunteyo.
All the Pandavas were born in the womb of Kunti not through sexual contact. This was threw the rays from different Gods.
8) The war between the Pandavas and Kauravs took place at Kurukshtra, which is still in existence, a few kilometers away from Delhi multi storied flats have come up there.
9) Lord Krishna had vowed that he would not take to arms in the war, which was between dharma and adharma. One day, Bhisma was almost unstoppable. Krishna could not pursuade Arjun to take up arms against Bhiswa Pitamaha. So, Krishna came down from the chariot and brought out his Sudarshan Chakra.
Bhisma bowed to Krishna and said he was happy to make Krishna to take to arms. Then, Krishna said, “If my breaking the vow could protect dharma, I would do it again and again. That would be cheaper in terms of loss more lives.
10) Mahamati bidur, the uncle of pandavas was the waiest persons of all in the Mahabharat.
Well, Friends, we could go on and on. But, our submission has already become long. However, before end we would like to say that while Mahabharat reflects both truth and myths occasionally, Tulshidas’s Ramayany has been proven by two botanists from Chennai to be a live account by walking down the path from Ajodhya to Sri Lanka.
We beg pardon for having bored you with known facts.
(President, Patriots’ Forum)
(Former Spl. Director, IB)
Source: Patriots Forum