Need to pray for fortitude to bear sorrow

Old age and death shadow an individual from his very birth and the most valiant or an intellectual genius can never conquer them. Permanent immersion in grief will, therefore not help to restore a dead person to life.

Comforting the agitated Yudhishtirar, Sri Krishna said it was sheer folly to bemoan the loss of his relatives in the war as their lives should come to an end at one time or other. Moreover, they had played heroic roles and were engaged in just warfare and hence, on their death, had been elevated to an exalted status in God’s kingdom.

In his discourse Sri Karpangadu Venkatachariarsaid despite the advice given by so many, Yudhishtirar was still unhappy and even wanted to resort to a fast unto death as he felt he was principally responsible for the tragedy and there was no pleasure in ruling an empire in the face of such a calamity.

Denouncing his move, Sage Vyasa told him that one should never be unduly elated over a happy event nor get bogged totally in grief over some mishap. Every act of a person was predetermined by God and would definitely take place according to His decision and hence an individual’s wish could never prevail over God’s will.

Vyasa referred to the wise counsel of a Sage that a man’s pattern of life was set by God, based on his past deeds. Sorrow and joy were bound to occur alternately in one’s life. What one should pray to God was to grant him the fortitude and provide the strength to bear the blows instead of asking Him to spare him completely from the agony. One should learn to endure suffering cheerfully by drawing comfort from those who had undergone more intense grief and yet had borne it patiently and courageously. Vyasa asked Yudhishtirar to rule his kingdom, accepting it as a Divine verdict.

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