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Friendship Explained in the Mahabharata by Ashwatthama

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Friendship Explained in the Mahabharata by Ashwatthama

After the death of Dushasana, at the hands of Bhima, Ashwathama, approached Duryodhana, and pleaded him to make peace with the Pandavas . His logic was that by becoming friends with the Pandavas both parties could live happily as he thought that the Pandavas would certainly forego the war on becoming friends. To convince Duryodhana, he explained the four kinds of friends.



First kind of a friend is a natural friend, without any reason.



Second kind of friend is one who becomes a friend by truce.



Third kind of friend is one who makes a friend by purchasing friendship.



Fourth kind of friend is one who on being influenced by the power of a person, wants to be the friend of such a personality.



Ashwathama continued, “ since you are born in the same family you can be natural friends, and you could also have truce with them and save the remaining Kuru clan. Ashwathama was convinced that the Pandavas would agree to the truce. He was convinced that even Krishna would be happy and the difficult Bhima would follow the superior Yudhisthira.”



Duryodhana heard and took a deep breath and concluded that it was not possible. He said "after seeing how Dushasana was killed, it will be an insult to Karna, who is capable of killing Arjuna to make a truce, so there is no question of friendship with the Pandavas."



We see here that Duryodhana had lost the qualification to befriend any one. He was looking to kill the very people whom Ashwathama was asking him to befriend. He had forgotten the crime he had committed he simply remembered the death of Dushasana at the hands of Bhima.



It shows that friendship is not one sided, even though Ashwathama told Duryodhana how there was a chance and facility to be friends with the Pandavas . Duryodhana proved that he could not reciprocate with the magnanimous Pandavas and preferred to die than to live for a good cause.


Eventually Duryodhana along with his life lost everything.



Friendship requires an effort from both the sides or else we lose friends and life both

Lessons from Mahabharata and Ramayana: FRIENDSHIP EXPLAINED
 

Janaki Jambunathan

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Who is a friend? What is friendship?

Simple

A friend in need is a friend indeed!

The ship that never sinks is friendship!

How Mahabharath looks at this?
 

renuka

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In Mahabharat is strange that some characters talk Tattvam when they themselves lack integrity!

Take Ashwathama for example..what integrity did he have?

He slayed the young Upapandavas when they were asleep..what can be worse than that?

And now the same Ashwathama speaks about making "friends with benefits".

So I guess the term 'Friends with Benefits" started in the Mahabharat!LOL

Somehow Mahabharat has all weird characters..the great Bhisma for example..on the bed of arrows gives some big time Dharma dialogue when he sat silently and did not stop Draupadi from being disrobed..then he claims cos at that time he was eating food given by Duryodhana and hence his behavior and once having all his blood be drained off by the bed of arrows he is pure again! LOL

what an excuse!...

Mahabharat is like a comedy scene at times.
 
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renuka

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Who is a friend? What is friendship?

Simple

A friend in need is a friend indeed!

The ship that never sinks is friendship!

How Mahabharath looks at this?


Kaurava, Kaurava Don't Worry Kaurava!
Kaalam Nam Thozhan Kaurava
Day-By-Day, Day-By-Day Vaazhkaip Payanam Day-By-Day
Muzhugaatha Shippae Friendship Thaan..


 
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