Drona and Karna – The Secrets of Mahabharata

Karna wished Drona as preceptor, when denied his journey of deceit started

Drona and Karna relation was never smooth in the entire history of Mahabharata. At the beginning, Karna wished to get training of archery from Drona, but he was refused. Later, when Drona and Karna both were from the side of Kauravas, then also their relation was never simple. Drona could not find any good sign of a warrior in Karna and often rebuked him for the radical decisions, Karna took on the battle field. Karna, however respected him for he was the preceptor of Duryodhana and never have been found to say bitter words about Drona, neither face to face, and nor at his back.

Drona and Karna

Drona and Karna relation was never smooth in the entire history of Mahabharata. At the beginning, Karna wished to get training of archery from Drona, but he was refused. Later, when Drona and Karna both were from the side of Kauravas, then also their relation was never simple. Drona could not find any good sign of a warrior in Karna and often rebuked him for the radical decisions, Karna took on the battle field. Karna, however respected him for he was the preceptor of Duryodhana and never have been found to say bitter words about Drona, neither face to face, and nor at his back.

Karna went to the Ashram of Drona, when Pandavas and Kauravas were taking training from him. He wished to learn archery from Guru Dronacharya, but he was refused. The explanation Drona gave for the denying to Arjuna is even more interesting and that also shows the philosophical view of historical social science of that time.

According to Drona, Karna’s body structure says that he is born from a Kshatriya seed, but he is presently been brought up in a sudra family, the family of a charioteer. A child finds different physical abilities from their seed, but mental abilities are not developed from seed, but due to the culture, where a child grows up. For a sudra, it is never fair to practice archery. When trained in such, they can be very much venomous for the society. Since, not having the culture to suppress language of mind and handle situations politically and socially, weapon’s knowledge can make them war-monger. They will then understand nothing but war.

Drona added to Arjuna, ‘Son archery and other weapon knowledge is to be used for the protection of subjects, for defending virtue against sin. They cannot be used for simply winning battles. Sins do use them for expansion of their sin and unnecessarily harms normal social life. If Karna would get training of weapons, he would also be a war-monger and without thinking about the loss of a kingdom due to a war, they will attack others.’

The same has been seen in the later part of Mahabharata too. Karna always remained busy to show his war skills. He got rebuked by Bhishma even, during Goharana Parva for his war-monger nature. As a reply to that rebuke, Karna again showed an attitude to proof that he is not a Kshatriya, by culture. He decided to join Kurukshetra battlefield after Bhishma’s fall. However, for a Kshatriya – words and personal ego doesn’t make any sense when question comes about protection of kingdom.

Thus was the starting of Drona and Karna relationship and in later parts of Mahabharata, there are some of the conversations between those two heroes even. As later episodes will be covered on Wikipurana, those Drona and Karna conversations will also be included here, in this page.

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Drona and Karna at Drona Ashram

Karna went to the Ashram of Drona, when Pandavas and Kauravas were taking training from him. He wished to learn archery from Guru Dronacharya, but he was refused. The explanation Drona gave for the denying to Arjuna is even more interesting and that also shows the philosophical view of historical social science of that time.

Why Drona refused Karna in Drona and Karna Episode

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According to Drona, Karna’s body structure says that he is born from a Kshatriya seed, but he is presently been brought up in a sudra family, the family of a charioteer. A child finds different physical abilities from their seed, but mental abilities are not developed from seed, but due to the culture, where a child grows up. For a sudra, it is never fair to practice archery. When trained in such, they can be very much venomous for the society. Since, not having the culture to suppress language of mind and handle situations politically and socially, weapon’s knowledge can make them war-monger. They will then understand nothing but war.

Drona added to Arjuna, ‘Son archery and other weapon knowledge is to be used for the protection of subjects, for defending virtue against sin. They cannot be used for simply winning battles. Sins do use them for expansion of their sin and unnecessarily harms normal social life. If Karna would get training of weapons, he would also be a war-monger and without thinking about the loss of a kingdom due to a war, they will attack others.’

Drona Karna relation later on in Mahabharata

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The same has been seen in the later part of Mahabharata too. Karna always remained busy to show his war skills. He got rebuked by Bhishma even, during Goharana Parva for his war-monger nature. As a reply to that rebuke, Karna again showed an attitude to proof that he is not a Kshatriya, by culture. He decided to join Kurukshetra battlefield after Bhishma’s fall. However, for a Kshatriya – words and personal ego doesn’t make any sense when question comes about protection of kingdom.

Thus was the starting of Drona and Karna relationship and in later parts of Mahabharata, there are some of the conversations between those two heroes even. As later episodes will be covered on Wikipurana, those Drona and Karna conversations will also be included here, in this page.

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