Mahabharata is termed as ‘ITIHASA’—means as it happened. Mahabharata is the story of any person and Kurukshetra is an ongoing battle of life where we pay the consequences of our actions and intentions. Life gives every person a chance of redemption from negativity, anger, hatred, lies, guilt, ignorance, and other human follies and vices. Meditation and supreme love for the higher self makes us a believer and compassionate towards creation. Thus, all negativity and hatred gradually converted into positivity and love.

What makes Pandavas different from Kauravas is that they accepted the adversities of life, their Karma’s effects and didn’t get corrupted by life’s chaos and dramas.

All life they followed their Dharma—Swadharma. They suffered a lot because of their ignorance and unawareness of Life’s principle and that in Rigveda was termed as “Rta.”

Mahabharata was not a feud between 2 families. It’s a heroic tale of peoples who were focused on Dharma and sacrificed all their worldly attachments in the Dharma Yajna. Women were not behind them; they shared equal status on Dharma throne with their men counterparts. Draupadi and Kunti were par excellence and accomplished in managing Dharma, politics, and life together. Though, some were represented in a poor and a miserable state. Maybe due to some political or regional cause, Gandhari met an alien treatment! She had been silent in the whole Epic, even Ullupi (Naga maiden) had boldly taken a sexual advance towards Arjuna and ultimately convinced him.

She had never been recalled with her personal name in the Epic, once! She was still pronounced a Ghandhari (Gandhara princess) even after marrying Dhritarashtra and becoming a Hastinapur queen. All her life she was known as Gandhara princess even her close maid and friend was given a personal name.

A woman from all her way from Gandhara to Hastinapur

Gandhari came from Gandhara region. Her father Subala was a King of Gandhara during the Mahabharata period. They followed Gandharva culture, and their women were celebrated as Apsaras in our ancient texts. Apsaras were free roaming women, and most of them carried a maternal lineage for many Upanishadic sages.

Contrary to Gandhara culture, Kuru kingdom was a straight line, orthodox, rigid, and Mimansaka followers. Rituals and Vedic Srutis were more important than individual’s own choices and Swadharma. Bheesma had to take the oath of lifetime celibacy and had to stick at the cost of a life of an innocent Amba. Humane reasoning had no place and the entitled class had the divine rights to make rules, and the common populace had to follow those rules.I would say a complete autocracy!

It appears Gandhari adjusted a lot and did many compromises to smooth her life with rough and insensitive Kurus. She blindfolded herself or stopped listening to her inner voice to find some space in her blind husband’s life.

So, basically in due course of time, she had become an unconditional husband follower kinda wife. Sad, she didn’t get her reward in the back!

Their path was divergent, and she was unnecessarily trying to walk on with him on the same road. She found it easy to blindfold herself from all distasteful and non-appealing things instead of taking some active and serious action to regain her peace of mind. Her mental health affected her pregnancy too. Her pregnancy got too long that frustrated and disgusted her as a woman. Kunti, her sister-in-law, had delivered two children whereas she had gone through a miscarriage. She was actually distressed for an identity survival and as Dhritarashtra was a blind king and husband, couldn’t see the trauma and agony that she was suffering from.

Dhritarashtra had 100 sons from different women. In addition to, he had a child name Yuyutstu from a Ghandhari’s maid, Sughada. She found herself rejected and kept sinking into a deep well of depression. The children could have renewed her world if she had allowed them to enter into it. Negativity can be repelled with positivity alone; further negativity can only make it worse.

The 100 Kauravas upbringing and behaviors show that Ghandhari been a careless mother to them. And father Dhritarashtra, propounder of entitled class, sensed their mischief as their royal birthrights.

A different perspective of Dharma

The religion in the Kuru kingdom was Yajna based. Performance of Yajna, sacrifices to gods, would accompany by chanting of Yajus mantra, various rituals and occults were practiced as defined in Yajus hymns and so on.

Rgvedic Saraswati goddess had been replaced with more powerful Indra-Yajneya of Yajna god! Brahmanas or priestly class got the stronghold, and they confirmed their entitlement through semen transfer. Old Rigvedic nature gods and philosophies were deduced, and a new practice of various kinds of occults and yajnas had taken over the true soul of Vedas. Vedas were rewritten!

Contrary to it, the religion established by Yudhishthira was based on Satya and Rta (actual principle of Rigveda). Powerful message of Yudhishthira in Mahabharata was for Casteless society; caste was to be determined by Action than birth.

Instead, Dhritarashtra’s 100 sons represented the aristocratic class who assumed themselves to be the actual heir to the throne.

Duryodhana, the oldest among them, manipulated Dharma several times for his personal gain. Twisting definition of Dharma for small benefits without analyzing its pros and cons displays the myopic view of normal human beings. How can such people leads thousands of people and secure their future?

Artha: Economies is the strong pillar of a nation

Vaisya (business) and Sudra (service) class provide strong foundation and support to any nation-building process. They are the thighs and legs of Rigvedic Purusha, which make Purusha (nation or individual) to stand and walk on his own capability. They had already left Duryodhana and Dhritarashtra on the fateful day of Dice game. Vidura (Vaisya) stood against the Shakuni’s maligned dharma, and Yuyustu (another vaisya son of Dhritarashtra) changed his on the starting day of battle Kurukshetra.

All through that time, Gandhari had been remaining inactive. However, she performed her role as a mother/savior, at the climax of Mahabharata, to save Duryodhana. She used all her resources, connections and wealth in favor of Duryodhana. But that was the last minute rescue operation, and Dharma yajna ritual cannot be accomplished with last minute job. All his life Duryodhana made a mockery of Dharma and ultimately asked its favor. The economic class and service class, Vaisya and Sudra, were entirely dissatisfied with him and one blow from Bheema was enough to break his fragile thigh and his support system.

Change is inevitable

Gandhari lost her son and her last connection to this world. She cursed Lord Krishna who brought havoc on Kauravas but forgot that salty water could not grow a crop of peace and prosperity.

Knowingly or unknowingly, she was the main cause of what happened to her in her entire life. She could have built the history differently or reduced its effects. Many of us disgust our life and blame the outside world when changes come from inside.

The fundamental truth in Rigveda is Rta: improvisation. Flowing water is always fresh and stand water generate germs that in due course of time rotten the whole water. The truth of life is to accept good and bad with equal heart because we have no control of outside world but to ourselves. Mahabharata is real history and is relevant for all period!