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Droṇa in Sanskrit means "bucket" (or something like it - not sure of the nuance here). Per the Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary: n. (fr. 4. द्रु) a wooden vessel , bucket , trough &c ; a सोम vessel ([cf. Zd. draona]) RV. MBh. &c (ifc. f(आ). Hcat. ) It is said that Drona was born from a bucket, and that that is how he got his name: ...


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"How come knowledged persons like bhisma,drona and karna lived a life knowing that the liberation is the life's goal and didn't live according to it" Among these, 2 were liberated (attained Moksha) according to scriptures. Drona's liberation: Before being beheaded by Dhrishtadyumna, Drona engaged himself in Kriya yoga, described in Gita (BG 4.29, 5.27-28),...


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As described in a number of Purana, it was considered as a very destructive weapon. It is said that when the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counterattack nor a defense that could stop it, except by another Brahmastra. Karna didn't use Brahmastra against Ghatotkacha because he knew Arjun also had a Brahmastra to stop it. As Karna possessed a ...


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Acharya Drona selecting as a preceptor of Kauravas and Pandavas is mentioned in Mahabharata, Adi Parva, SECTION CXXXIII. The incident is as follows: Once all princes of Hastinapur are playing with ball and eventually the ball felt in a well. They tried to recover it from well but didn't succeed. There came a Brahmana and recovered that ball by using grass ...


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The details of the actions performed by the illustrious Dronacharya, immediately before quitting his “material” body, are explained as under. The illustrious Dronacharya, devoted himself to “Yoga”, after keeping aside his weapons. Dronacharya then meditated on the supreme God Vishnu. And thinking on the monosyllable Om, representing Brahma, and ...


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Himself being a Brāhmaṇa, was it not wrong on Droṇa's part to learn warrior skills and impart them to Kṣatriyas? No. It's not wrong on Droṇa's part. It is actually recommended that a brāhmaṇa learn several skills, not just warrior skills and teach them to others depending on their varṇa (caste). But he should never put those skills to use and earn income ...


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Unfortunately the Mahabharata doesn't give an actual quote for Yudhisthira's statement, instead it just narrates in the third person that Yudhisthira said it. Here's what this chapter of the Drona Parva of the Mahabharata says: tam atathya bhaye magno jaye sakto yudhiṣṭhiraḥ | avyaktam abravīd rājan hataḥ kuñjara ity uta || Fearing to utter an ...


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This story is described in Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Sambhava Parva. When Pandavas and Kauravas have completed their education, Guru Drona has asked for preceptorial fee. He has asked for the capture of Drupada. "Vaisampayana continued, 'Beholding the Pandavas and the son of Dhritarashtra accomplished in arms, Drona thought the time had come when he could ...


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Drona also fought only half-heartedly for Duryodhana. For example, he pretended that he couldn't kill Ghatotkacha thereby forcing the wasting of the Vasavi Shakti. This claim of yours is totally wrong. Dronachary was the main cause of Death of Abhimanyu which was the most significant win of Kauravas. Also Dronacharya had killed many warriors of Pandavas. ...


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After the death of Guru Drona: The Kauravas were struck by grief and fear. Their all-conquering general was dead. Unable to believe it, they fled. Duryodhana, Karṇa, Śakuni, and the Kuru chiefs were overwhelmed by sorrow, and they ran along with their troops. As they rushed from the cheering Pāṇḍava forces, they encountered Aśvatthāmā moving in ...


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Taking revenge is a bad conduct but curse is not. What is the difference between both? It is not that cursing is considered by the scriptures as a highly recommended act. It is definitely not so. It is considered as immoral. As per Harita (the author of Harita Smriti - one of the 18 Smritis), it is a minor sin leading to loss of cast (Jatibhramsa). See ...


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The question has already been answered. However a portion of the description, in the question, placed as under, needs to be put in the proper perspective, for that is not the way, how, Dronacharya put his weapons down{or collapsed on the warfield}. Especially so,for those who may not be aware of the details of the event,as given in the Mahabharata epic. ...


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Dronacharya rejected Ekalavya as his disciple because he feared Ekalavya, despite being a Nishada, might surpass Drona's other disciples in archery who belonged to higher castes. He believed only Kshatriyas had the right to excel in archery: Vaisampayana continued, 'Thereafter Drona began to teach Arjuna the art of fighting on horse-back, on the back of ...


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tl;dr The reasons were following: New found friendship between guru Drona and king Drupada; Guru Drona acquiring half of the kingdom of king Drupada; had to return the favour by educating his son in weapons From Adi Parva, it's well known story that king Drupada had insulted Guru Drona when the latter asked for a portion of the wealth. He retaliated back ...


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This question assumes that a person may never change his Varna. Drona may have felt that his Varna was that of a Kshatriya and thus opted for working as a weapons trainer. If he really refused to teach a Shudra student then he was simply wrong since he should have accepted the right of a Shudra student to change his Varna to that of a Kshatriya. There are ...


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Addressing your questions one by one. Q. Where was Ashwatthama when Pandavas spread the false news of his death? On that day, was Ashwatthama too far from his father like Arjun was when Abhimanyu died? Yes, Ashwatthaman was far away from Drona and not at his sight. This is what gave his chance to Pandavas to plan the way to slay Drona. Ashwatthaman didn't ...


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This was because the arrow was not an ordinary Nagastra, it was inhabited by a real snake called Ashvasena, so it could not be countered by Garudastra. EDIT: The references for this answer are this chapter of Mahabharata and this episode of Bhakthi Thiruvizha (starts at 18.26).


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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 ...


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No, Arjuna did not kill Dronacharya.. You might be thinking of Bhishma. In any case, here's how this chapter of the Drona Parva of the Mahabharata describes Yudhishthira's lie: Hearing those words of Bhima and induced by the counsels of Krishna, and owing also to the inevitability of destiny, O monarch, Yudhishthira made up his mind to say what he ...


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Dronacharya was silent. Here's what Bhishma says immediately after the disrobing episode in this chapter of the Sabha Parva of the Mahabharata: I have already said, O blessed one that the course of morality is subtle. Even the illustrious wise in this world fail to understand it always. What in this world a strong man calls morality is regarded as such by ...


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