India is a country full of culture and the Indian culture has a history that goes way back in time. It is believed that Mahabharata has eighteen books or sections also known as parvas. And each parvas consists of sub-parvas or sub-sections so the total becomes 100. There is a lot that one can learn from Mahabharata:

1. Mahabharata started with ‘Pandu’, who was the father of the Pandavas. Pandu accidentally killed a sage who had distinguished himself as a deer. When the truth unfolded before him, he was not able to control his emotions. He was feeling so ashamed that he decided to renounce his throne, his palace and decided to live in the forest due to the guilty that he felt after committing the crime. As Pandu could not control his emotions, there was a power struggle that resulted in large scale bloodshed. We can clearly learn that we should never take decisions in a troubled state of mind. Had Pandu taken a time to think over the matter carefully, he would have found better ways of atoning from his sin.

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2. Before the onset of the battle of Kurukshetra, Pandavas had to endure twelve years in exile in forests and the thirteenth year had to be spent incognito and if they were caught during their thirteenth year, they would have to undergo the whole cycle gain. During the twelve years they suffered hardship but they were able to learn how to prepare themselves inevitable war. Therefore, we should learn from the Pandavas quandary that life can throw challenges at us but we should have the courage to deal with the ups and downs of life.

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3. The next thing that we have to learn from Mahabharata is to forgive. If in the Mahabharata the characters’ like Karan, Draupadi, etc, had forgiven each other for the deeds they performed then Mahabharata would not have ended in a bloody war. We must consider that it is essential to forgive others for their respective actions in order make sure that things do not get worse and there is no loss of lives of your loved ones.

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4. By simply using our tongue in a smooth and careful way, we can master the art of influencing others. Our words can become the biggest weapon. But by using our tongue in a loose way, we would probably drag ourselves in trouble. When Karan came to exercise his claim during Draupadi’s swayamwar, she rejected Karan as he belonged to a lower caste and while rejecting she used harsh and unpleasant words which made Karan ashamed in front of public who had gathered for the swayamwar. This caused a great loss to the Pandavas. So we must learn to treat people equally and never use harsh words for anyone.

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5. Shakuni who was the uncle of Kauravas is discredited with pitting Kauravas against Pandavas. He was the one who planted the seed of hatred and jealousy in the minds of Kauravas. This led to a war against Pandavas and Kauravas. So, we must learn to use our own mind when it comes to taking decisions. We must not be carried away with what people say because until and unless you do not see it with your own eyes you cannot take the risk to blame anyone for a certain action.

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6. The Pandavas besides so much loss did not lose hope and they always trusted themselves in regard to their abilities. They were determined towards their responsibilities and we too must learn from them that no matter what degree of failure you have faced in life, you should always build up strength in yourself and never doubt your abilities. We must stand for our rights and never accept defeat without trying.

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7. Lord Krishna prepared a full-proof plan which made the Pandavas victory possible. This could happen only because Lord Krishna knew all the tactics of their enemies and therefore he could use them well against the enemies and defeated them. Likewise, we need to plan securely, and with a vision to succeed in our lives, we should keep our cards in our hands until the right time comes.

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