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Why is such deceitfulness sanctioned for them? Is it okay for anyone to pretend in such a way or was this specifically allowed for the Pandavas? Manusmṛti sanctions lying accompanied by a simple prāyaścitta (expiation) when there is a risk to one's life. In some cases, a man who, though knowing the truth, deposes otherwise, through piety, does not fall ...


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Pandavas are righteous in the following two instances. 1: Vyasa asked Pandavas to live in disguise at Ekachakra and Pandavas followed the same. "Vyasa then said, 'Ye bulls of Bharata's race, I knew beforehand of this affliction of yours consisting in your deceitful exile by the son of Dhritarashtra. Knowing this, I have come to you, desirous of doing ...


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In many sruti scriptures it is mentioned that puranas and Itihasa are fifth Veda. "Nârada said: 'I know the Rig-veda, Sir, the Yagur-veda, the Sâma-veda, as the fourth the Âtharvana, as the fifth the Itihâsa-purâna (the Bhârata); the Veda of the Vedas (grammar); the Pitrya (the rules for the sacrifices for the ancestors); the Râsi (the science of ...


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The story in the popular accounts is that of Bhagadatta which appears in the Drona parva chapter XXVIII. It is not present in the translations of the original by Vyasa. However there are many popular accounts of it. For example it is present in the one by C. Rajagopalachari Arjuna’s shafts tore the silken napkin that bound up the folds of the aged king’s ...


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In my opinion, there is no definitive answer to your question. Since we cannot define the various aspects of greatness, or more specifically the various aspects of a great warrior. Every warrior has mastered the skill in his own way. For example, consider Arjuna. Arjuna is regarded as one of the greatest archers. When Dronacharaya challenged his students, ...


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That exception to lying doesn't apply to criminals who want to escape from punishment. (Witnesses) shall not speak singly or without being asked, And if, (being asked,) they do not answer, they are guilty of a crime. Heaven is their reward, if they speak the truth; in the contrary case hell (will be their portion). ... If the sacred ...


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I do agree the fact that, Technically Vridhakshatra did not commit any sin but virtually he did, The greatest Sin of any father is not bringing up his son with good culture and values. I could list several such mistakes of him for which he deserves such a punishment of killing his own son. If I remember Vridhakshatra did not put any effort to advice his ...


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As per the Mahabaharata: Adi Parva: Chapter 2, Mahabaharata contains 100 parvas: Then comes the Purana which is called Khilvansa. In this last are contained 'Vishnuparva', Vishnu's frolics and feats as a child, the destruction of 'Kansa', and lastly, the very wonderful 'Bhavishyaparva' (in which there are prophecies regarding the future). The ...


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