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3 Krishnas: Krishn (Dwarka), Arjun (Krishn) and Draupadi (Krishnaa).
All 3 shared a name, shared their dusky complexion and shared a deep emotional bond.
Traditionally, Kurukshetra was a war of these 3 Krishnas against evil.
Symbolically, though, was it a war of Arjun versus Krishn & Krishnaa?
Any great deed requires the mind, the heart and the hand to be in-sync.
The Mind = for cool analysis, planning, ideas, impulses, thoughts.
The Heart = for passion, emotions, inspiration and fire.
The Hand = for skills, finesse, well-honed, strong, the doer.
Krishn was the mind, Draupadi was the inspiration and Arjun was the executor of their combined vision.
What if the hand rebels against the heart & mind?
On the eve of Kurukshetra, Arjun paused, paralyzed by his dilemma. Then followed the enriching Q & A session which we know today as Bhagwad Gita.
At Kurukshetra, the mind and the heart were rock-solid and resolved for Danda-neeti , the necessity of War against Injustice.
Yet, it is the Hand that held destructive power. And the Hand hesitated, poised on the brink of destruction –
Not from inability – but precisely because it held the ability to unleash devastation.
Not from fear of dying – but from fear of killing.
Not from cowardice – but from compassion.
Eve of Bhagwad Gita:
It is not a coincidence that Vyas’s lens zooms in on two Krishnas, while the entire battlefield zooms out of focus, a blurred screen, voiceless and impersonal. Maybe Vyas was telling us that the rest never mattered – they were merely incidental.
Kurukshetra was the battle between the mind-heart and the hand.
The eternal dilemma between the Hand that asks, ‘’How many millions should die for the sins of a handful?” and the Mind-Heart that declares confidently,’’How many times should the sinning handful be forgiven for the sake of the millions who follow them blindly?”
Each of us faces dilemmas everyday. We may not have to face a crucial , gut wrenching decision of ‘to kill or not to kill.’ But we do face situations when the heart, the hand and the heart are in chaotic opposition.
Was Vyas trying to symbolize each of us? I believe firmly that Kurukshetra ( and all of Mahabharata) was not fiction … it is History.
But Vyas’s battlefields were never restricted to mere battlegrounds. His battles always transcended beyond the obvious.
Have you faced dilemmas of heart-hand-mind asynchrony? Which one usually takes the final decision for you?