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I have seen these things so many times. In TV serials, in my high school brief Mahabharata book and at many online resources:

Dronacharya didn't accept Karna as his disciple, as he was soot-putra. At this, Karna explains the truth, that low/high castes have nothing to do with your skills. You can learn anything and you have right to do so. Still Drona didn't agree.

Parshuram only accepted Karna as disciple when he said he is Brahmin. And at the end of his education, when the incident took place that revealed the truth, he said that a Brahmin can't have so much strength/patience, only a Kshatriya has such powers.

What is the truth? Did they have wrong beliefs? Or truth is something else?

This is so disappointing to me, as both of them were Avatars of Brahma and Vishnu. How can they believe like this?

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    Any source wherw Drona is mentioned as an avtar of Brahma?? As per MBH, Drona was born from a portion of rishi Vrihaspati... – YDS Jul 5 at 17:35
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    I read on Wikipedia: *In the epic Mahabharata, Droṇa (Sanskrit: द्रोण, Droṇa) or Droṇāchārya or Guru Droṇa or Rajaguru Devadroṇa was the 3rd incarnation of Brahma and was royal preceptor to the Kauravas and Pandavas; an avatar of Brihaspati. * – Vikas Jul 5 at 18:03
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    Please Read Mahabharata,It is very long of 200000 verses,Read as much as you can as Tv serials only potray wrong information. Mahabharata contains every situation a human can face and it portrays almost every value of Dharma. – Karmanya Nanda Jul 6 at 15:44
  • tv series are not a source. – Swami Vishwananda Jul 8 at 10:15
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Drona did not deny Karna, the knowledge of archery. Karna could not excel Arjuna as he did not have the determination.

Then Drona endued with great prowess taught the sons of Pandu (the use of) many weapons both celestial and human. And, O bull of the Bharata race, many other princes also flocked to that best of Brahmanas for instruction in arms. The Vrishnis and the Andhakas, and princes from various lands, and the (adopted) son of Radha of the Suta caste, (Karna), all became pupils of Drona.


With his previous experience with Bhishma, Parasurama decided not to teach archery to Kshatriyas.

So if Karna learnt archery fraudulently, it was his mistake and he had to reap the consequences.


By the way the incarnation concept is a myth.

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    incarnation concept is a myth You're ruining it :( Everything is fake? Just a story like Harry Potter? – Vikas Jul 5 at 17:04
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    I could not get you. What do you mean by ruining? @Vikas Kumar – srimannarayana k v Jul 5 at 17:13
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    I thought Mahabharata is true story and Krishna and other main characters' avatars were true story, not a myth. – Vikas Jul 5 at 17:24
  • @VikasKumar: I never stated that Mahabharata is a false story. What I had stated that incarnation concept is a myth, as the incarnation stories were added at a later date. (hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/34975/3869) – srimannarayana k v Jul 5 at 17:48
  • I think crores of Indian believe in incarnations. If this thing is wrong, there is a strong chance Mahabharata is just an entertainment story. – Vikas Jul 5 at 18:01

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