AN INSPIRING STORY FROM MAHABHARTA

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NOBODY CAN CONQUER TIME

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One day Yuddhisthra was taking rest along with his four brothers. He was sitting in the verandah of his house, when a beggar approached him and begged him for some paltry alms. Yuddhisthra told him to come the next day as he was getting late for some urgent work. The beggar, who came there with the thought that Yuddhishthra would make him happy with his generosity, went back with empty hands.

Bheema, who was also sitting there, without wasting any time, acted swiftly and brought a drum from inside the house. He started beating the drum intensely and announced loudly to the villagers that his elder and truth-loving brother has won over time or defeated time. All this happening caught the surprised attention of Yuddhishthra. He enquired from Bheema about his impeculiar act of beating of the drum and his statement on the victory over time.

On being asked about his clarification regarding the matter, Bheema told him that there is no doubt left to the undeniable fact that he (Yuddhisthra) has completely defeated time. If he hadn’t won over time then how could he have told that beggar to come the day after tomorrow and that too with such admirable confidence and authority.
He further explained that if had not known about the future of the coming time then it would have been difficult for him to decide whether he would be able to give alms to that beggar on a pre-determined day. Bheema further revealed that Yuddhishthra must have foreseen the coming day with such a clear and sharp gaze, that he was able to promise that beggar to collect the alms the very next forthcoming day.

Promise to do something requires unflinching committment and a clear and definite knowledge of the events of the coming times. No shallow and foolish person can make such promises of fulfilling one’s words in the future. As future is always uncertain and unreadable and nobody could say with conviction what would be the scene in the near future. So, when Bheema observed that Yuddhisthra made a promise to the beggar to collect the alms the day after tomorrow, he (Bheema) got stunned and surprised as how could Yuddhisthra make promise to that beggar- with such confidence and authority.

Bheema also said that many hypothecations or assumptions could be made about the day, as promised by Yuddhisthra, on which he would give alms to the beggar. 1. The beggar may die tomorrow. 2. Yuddhisthra may also die tomorrow 3. The beggar may become a king tomorrow 4. The king may become a beggar tomorrow 5. The beggar may not come tomorrow as one’s mind is very uncertain and is also full of so much of engagements. Likewise there are so many different assumptions or possibilities that one can make about the future time as far as the promise to the beggar is concerned.

So, to say that Yuddhisthra had conquered time by Bheema, was not wrong at all. And such wise and deeply insightful words of Bheema made Yuddhisthra embarrassed and he quickly realised his mistake.

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