An inspiration

Today at Write tribe’s Festival of Words we have to tell an inspiring story or write about someone who has inspired us.writetribe_festival_words_3

Though there have been many who have inspired me, in recent times there is one whose devotion amidst numerous hardships has inspired me. She is one who prays to Krishna that,’ Please keep on giving me more troubles in life so that I can always remember you’. Sounds strange isn’t it? I am a person whose faith shakes at the mere mention of a problem. There have been times where I have even blamed God  to give me birth and give problem after problem. But not with Kuntidevi, the mother of Pandavas. She asks for more problems so that she can always remember HIM.

She was originally called as Pritha and was the daughter of Shurasena. (Kunti was the sister of Vasudev) But then she was adopted by Kuntibhoja and from then on she was known as Kunti. Sage Durvasa happy with her servitude had given her a secret mantra by which she could beget children. She begot Karna from Suryadev in her immature curiosity before marriage but then had to cast him away.

Later she was married to King Pandu. But then he was cursed by a Rishi that if ever he tried to attempt union with a woman, he would die. And so Kunti had to beget children with the help of her mantra. She had Yudhisthira by invoking Yamaraj, Bhima by invoking Vayu and Arjuna by invoking Indra. She even helped Madri, the other wife of Pandu to beget sons by invoking the Ashwini Kumaras and so Nakula and Sahadeva were born.

But soon Pandu succumbs to Madri’s beauty and dies. Madri commits sati while Kunti stays to look after the young kids.

And from then on her trial begins.

Her sons are not given respectability by the Kauravas. Though Bhisma sees to it that they get a good education, in all other matters they are sidelined. They are not given their rightful kingdom. From then on the Lakshagruh episode, the time in hiding, the disrobing of her daughter-in law, the thirteen year of banishment of the Pandavas, the war of Kurukshetra, the killing of Abhimanyu and killing of the five sons of Drauadi, Kunti has to see it all.

And yet after the war when the coronation of Yudhisthira is over and Krishna gets ready to go back to Dwaraka, Kuntidevi says, ‘give me more and more troubles’. Why?

Because every time there is a problem, the Lord or his emissary has been there to protect them. When the incident of Lakshagruh took place, Vidura, a sincere devotee of the Lord had already informed that something may happen. When Draupadi was disrobed. Krishna saw that she was never without any robes. And after the war when Ashwattame sends the Brahmastra to kill the last scion of Pandava dynasty in Uttara’s womb; Krishna assumes a form smaller than the thumb of the hand to protect the child in the womb. And for such help, she thanks the Lord and asks him for more troubles so that he will always keep them in his protection and always come to meet them.

Isn’t she a great lady??

Yes, she did make mistakes. Like if she had told either Karna or Yudhisthira that they were brothers the war might not have taken place. But the important point is, in all her trials and tribulations she never lost her faith in the Lord.

For me her faith is exceptional and exemplary.

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20 thoughts on “An inspiration

  1. Kunti’s life was one of misery and the problems she faced were immense She was never happy to forget Him.She is an inspiration for her devotion to Lord Krishna But I would rather pray for remembering Him even without problems than with!! Though I knew the story somewhat I learnt in detail today ,thanks to you.
    I do not think war could have been averted if Kunti had told both Karna and Yudhishtra that they were brothers.The wicked Duryodhana was bent on war

    • Ha ha. Yes, rather pray than having problems and pray. But the fact is that we seldom remember Him when things are going good.
      Karna would have simply withdrawn form the fight. Without Karna would Duryodhan be ready to fight… that is a question which only he can answer 🙂

  2. I agree with KP Sir 🙂 The war was coming, whether the brothers knew their relation or not. Yet, Kunti’s faith was unwavering and steady. Hats off to her for that. 🙂 Thanks for sharing !

  3. With regard to your line about “if she had told either Karna or Yudhisthira the truth about Karna, the war would not have happened” is something that I don’t fully agree with. I personally subscribe to the viewpoint that whatever happens happens for a reason, and one person cannot change fate or destiny all by himself or herself, and therefore, the war was not necessarily due to Kunti’s silence about Karna’s birth.

    Just my humble viewpoint that’s all. Loved the fact that you took a mythological figure as an inspiration for this particular prompt. Nice detailed post about Kunti and her devotion to Krishna as well 😀

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