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Management Lessons from Mahabharat - The Epic
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Chrm Message From: lieu Total Posts: 38 Join Date: 18/10/2006
Rank: Executive Post Date: 11/11/2006 01:47:18 Points: 190 Location: United States

Most of us have good idea abouit the epic Mahabharat which was so professionally made into a history making TV serial by Shri B R Chopra.

This story from the epic, has something to be learnt.

When Kauravas planned to kill Abhimanyu ( the warrior son of Arjuna ), they weaved out a plot. Arjuna was challenged to fight the battle on a distant point. At the main front, Jayadratha made a CHAKRAVUHA ( a complex battle formation) and challenged the remaining Pandavas.

Among the remaining Pandavas, only Abhimanyu knew how to pierce the Chakravuyha but he did not know how to come out of it. In any case , Pandavas took up the challenge and Abhimanyu moved into the Chakravyuha formation. He pierced it and reached the centre of battle formation. Kauravas knew very well that Abhimanyu did not know, how to come out of it.They all surrounded Abhimanyu in the centre of the formation and Jayadratha killed him.

When Arjuna returned to the camp, he got to know about the unfair manner in which his son was killed. Arjuna's anger knew no bounds. He vowed unto himself that either he will kill Jayadratha before sunset next day or would commit self-immolation. Arjuna then went to Lord Krishna and declared his intentions. Lord Krishna was pilot of the chariot of Arjuna. Arjuna requested Lord Krishna to help him in meeting his vow/pledge/goal and the deadline.

Battle began next morning. Kauravas had known Arjuna's intentions to kill Jayadratha before sunset. They surrounded Jayadratha from all sides so that Arjuna could not even see him.They wanted that at the end of the day, Arjuna should commit self immolation.

Arjuna made all attempts through out the day to locate Jayadratha but did not succeed. He was constantly watching the movement of sun in the sky. As the day drew to an end, Arjuna looked at Lord Krishna for help. In a few momemts, sun appeared to have set in the horizon. Conch shells were blown to declare closure of the battle of that day. All the Kauravas rejoiced and Jayadratha came out of his hiding. He went close to Arjuna and said sarcastically, " Buddy, I am here. What about you and your vow ? Getting ready for self immolation ? "

Just at that time, sun appeared again in the sky. Lord Krshna told Arjuna, " Dear Parth,see there. The sun has not set as yet. Take your bow and arrow and kill your enemy." Arjuna shot an arrow and killed Jayadratha instantly.

Once this was over, Lord Krishna addressed Arjuna , " Dear Parth, I knew that you would not be able to kill Jayadratha till sunset because he was being protected witha ring of warriors around him. I felt it necessary to help you out , hence, I enveloped the sun inside the clouds for a while. I knew it was a little unfair, but everything is fair in love and war"

"But" , Lord Krishna continued " I must tell you Arjuna, thet all of you Pandavas have a peculiar habit of taking vows and pledges unnecessarily. Even if you do that, why you guys irrelevantly connect one thing with another. For example, your wife Draupadi has taken a vow that she will not tie her hair till she rinses her hair with the blood of Dushaasan. Bheema is moving around with a pledge that he will never relax till he breaks the thighs of Duryodhana. You took a pledge to kill Jayadratha before sunset. Whatever you have to do, do it, but plan your strategies properly. Never be in a hurry".

Learnings from the story :-

* War should be fought with peace in mind.

* Targets/deadlines should not be set when emotions are running high.

* If we mix up two or more issues in our targets, we may not be able to focus on any one of them. Arjuna mixed up his target of killing Jayadratha with sunset. He had to continuosly look at sun while looking for Jayadratha.

I hope you enjoyed reading this ; )



Chrm Message From: Danish Total Posts: 39 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 11/11/2006 23:33:11 Points: 195 Location: United States

This story was just awesome. The learnings demonstrated herein by Lord Sri Krishna are worth imbibing into our values and beliefs. The way the story progressed gave me a feeling as reading the epic Mahabharata.

True to say, your postings though 'minimal, explore maximum output' of coaching for us. The spiritual learnings have always interested me much as far as learning and coaching goes, and you have hit the right message to the right audience at the right time.

We expect lots of teachings to come from your side as we progress to our paths of success..

Take Care & Thanks for sharing..



Chrm Message From: sanjay04 Total Posts: 57 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Manager Post Date: 13/11/2006 00:49:56 Points: 285 Location: United States

Hello friends,

Clarity for Management Lessons from Mahabharat - The Epic..

Abhimanyu was not killed by Jayadhratha. He was killed by everybody in the Kaurava camp. Drona created the chakravyuha formation and when it was broken by Arjuna's son, it was sealed by Jayadhratha. Arjuna comes back and is not angry on his son being killed unfairly. In fact he is angry that his elder brother let Abhimanyu take that decision.
Its only later that he gets angry at the Kauravas.

When Arjuna takes the oath and then informs Krishna, he is reprimanded right there for taking a hasty decision, not later.

Talking of unfairly, not one of the Kaurava heros were killed in a fair fight. Not one.

The reason why the Pandavas ever won is not because they were good, as the serials want us to believe.

They won because they had truth aka KRISHNA on their side.


Sanjay Mewar

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