Sunday, 15 March 2015


Bhismadeva was known as Devavrata, before he took the terrific vow of not becoming the next king, remaining celibate and always protecting the throne of Hastinapura .This vow, shook every one including the gods above and the celestial beings cried out, “Bhisma Bhisma” "terrific, terrific "referring to his vows.
This vow was for the pleasure of his father, so that he could marry Satyavati, the daughter of a fisherman.
The series  of events that followed for protecting these vows are heart-trenching and painful. What Bhismadeva had to go through in being sincere, honest, transparent, and determined is the saga of Mahabharata. Eventually his vow led to his death at the hands of Arjuna the one person who Bhisma loved dearly and who also loved Bhisma  equally .
The sad story of his vow is that all whom Bhisma loved were unhappy----his father was unhappy with this vow. he fought with his guru Parashurama because of this vow, because of this vow he   shot many arrows at Lord, Krishna. He had to fight with his great grand son, Abhimanyu. He had to side with the evil Duryodhana whom he actually wanted to punish.
Bhisma’s selflessness are unquestionable ,but his actions led  to so many painful reactions, which remains as an enigma in the minds of many.
Dharma teaches us to be flexible, but not at the cost of becoming a restless person.  Dharma teaches us to be steady, but not frozen to the level being inactive. Dharma teaches us to be dharmik at any cost, even at the cost of giving up some aspects of relative dharma on rare occasions to reach the coherent and integrated dharma .

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