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If you go through Mahabharatha, you came across so many incidents where Dharma is neglected and Adarma practiced .The killing of the great warriors Drona, Karna, Abimanyu, Bhishma, Driyodhan are killed in a adarma way. How could you justify them ?

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Asked by Josna, 08 Jul '10 07:05 pm
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Just saw this question today. The answers cover most of the matter, but i would like to add my two-pence. The answer may lie in the dialogue between Balram and Krishna just after Bheem has vanquished Durodhana in he final battle. Krishna says that Dharma cannot be considered in isolation , and has to be considered in totality to justify what is Dharma and what is adharma.

Also, when Yudhistir and Bheem go to pay condolence visit to Gandhari, what Bheem says is extremely significant He says ,

Kshatradharmaat chyuto rajni bhaveyam shashvatee samaah
Pratijnaam taam anisteerya tatas tat krtavaanaham

( If I hadnt fulfilled that vow, oh queen, I would have for all eternity fallen from the dharma of the kshatriya and that is why I did, what i did)

Mahabharat is not a simple story. We have to look at it from different angles. Here,i am not trying to justify the actions of the pandavas, but just puting forth the justification that the Pandavas themselves gave.
Answered by RAJAN MHAMAI, 09 Jul '10 06:45 pm

 
  
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Lord Krishna did say that " They all are already dead and you Arjuna is only a tool in their fate " . In fact Jains do not accept Sri Krishna as an AVATAR just because of this advice to kill . But they accept him as one of their ThIrthangaras . Destruction and creation are two sides of the same coin and they both can not be separated from each other . So the destruction is also an act of God , whether be it through killing , floods , fire etc . So the justification is that destruction is also God's function and he does through some agents like humans , nature etc .
Answered by RAMASWAMY VENKATESH, 10 Jul '10 04:06 pm

 
  
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Well inthink there is nothing to be justified...kabhi dharm balwaan hota hai to kabhi adarm...mahabharat do vibhhin or vipreet soch key logo ka mahagranth hai....jaha kuchh logo ney dharm ka maagr apnaaya aur kuchh logo ney adharm ka...par vinash dono ka hua..ye sach hai...!!!! duryodhan ko marnaa namumkin thaa agar krishna uskey sathh chhal naa kartey to... uskey lohey key samaan sahreer ka vardaan uski maa gandhari sey mila....to agar gandhari ka paksh dekhey to to jo usney kiya wo ek maa ka Dharm thaa chahey uska beta adharm ki raah par chalney walo ho...to main kahungi ki adharm abhi bhi balwaan hai kyunki usey khtam karney key liye Dharm ki rahh par chalney walo ko bhi adharm karna pada....par ye bhi sach hai agar aisa naa hota ye yudh kabhi khatm naa hota...aur adhram karney walo ki hee jeet hui hoti...mahabharat is an epic that makes its reader think , find and learn few elements of life.
Answered by kavya anjali, 09 Jul '10 11:35 am

 
  
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I think they believe that "Everything is fair in love & war"...Karna's story is heart-touching, he was mis-fortunate in almost everything since his birth...one thing here we should notice that we may portray good deeds superficially but inside of the nature is evil then the deeds carry no worth...evil disguises us in it's manifest forms with a cover of truthfulness, honesty to deceive people but it ultimately remains evil only and I think in that context fighting evil in that manner is allowed in those days...what ever it is I'm not myself sure on this debate..would luv to hear from members on this topic...
Answered by Jafar Basha, 09 Jul '10 01:02 am

 
  
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A violent death in battle was seen as a automatic gateway to heaven w/ NO Q ASK- in Subocontinental culture in that era, also in Japan even today .

I guess those killed in battle in a "dishonorable way" in battle were SO SKILLED in battle that even the "best of the best of the best" of the "good guys" had to violate "bushido (whatever it's called in Sanksirt dunno or warrior code)" to kill him to win 4 the "light side"...for humanity..... but still earn even the Mahabarats most "unequestionable" hero diety figures some critique from ages to 2010 AD on rite here rediff....

I would bet u can find a line where the slayers of all those realized some PERMANENT DAMAGE has been done in some unequestionable moral record to their names thru time- and they were rite. .

Suffering violent death by dishonor as a gr8 warrior due to enemy not being 2 best u honorably automatically makes those unjustly killed winner in afterlife, or on rebirth, they get highest order automatically. if u ...more
Answered by A Moin, 08 Jul '10 10:34 pm

 
  
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Its all the Law of Karma in there. The style of their termination was the culmination of their deeds itself , which came in different forms of termination.Their actions in the epics would justify this.
Answered by Anu, 08 Jul '10 07:27 pm

 
  
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In short,pandavs started this wicked game,yudhistra wanted to avoid war,many elders like bhishma,kripacharya,vidur,were against war.
it was duryodhana who wanted to wipe out pandavs,it was he who first killed abhimanyu through deception.Pandavs only later used unethical means to wipe out kauravs.

Its like suppoeting hitler and saying allied forces used all wrong means to kill axis powers,whereas hitler rule would have been much worse than cold war era.
Answered by rajesh, 08 Jul '10 07:23 pm

 
  
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They cant be justified.......they were clever decisions made by shri Krishna to destroy evil.....they just show that even though God takes Avatar , even he is not spared of the negativity .............positivity and negativity go hand in hand here.........
Answered by gaurav shokeen, 08 Jul '10 07:21 pm

 
  
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It all started by the Kauravas,who were the Adharmis.... by killing Abhimaniyu.However,all of them played the role assigned to them by HIM.
Answered by Damodar Biswal, 08 Jul '10 07:15 pm

 
  
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Ok. if you can tell me/ cite case by case or event by event as to where dharma is broken ,i promise i shall do my best to prove that dharma was never broken by krishna or the pandavas. for this reason alone i shall invite you as friend. pl. accept it and once your entire doubts are clarified you are free to delete my name as your friend. i have written this in good faith. just type ok in the comment box and i shall send the invitation. otherwise say not interested , i promise never to answer any of your qns again and waste your time.
Answered by Haalayudha Dattuni, 08 Jul '10 11:05 pm

 
  
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