(Who was Ekalavya)
Date : Jan 11, 2024
BackgroundDear Devotees : Namaskara.
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BackgroundWho was Ekalavya ? is described in Mantralaya (1072)..
our journey leads us to delve into the enigmatic story of Ekalavya. The
mere mention of Ekalavya’s name evokes a sense of Guru Bhakti, yet as
we explore the the Mahabharata, a mix of emotions unfolds.
the Mahabharata as if it were a captivating story, one can't help but
feel a pang of sorrow for Ekalavya, who sacrificed his very thumb, and
a surge of anger directed at Dronacharya. Numerous questions arise,
prompting us to ponder the intricacies of this narrative.
As a Vedic
scholar and esteemed teacher, why did Dronacharya withhold the
teachings of archery from Ekalavya? What led Dronacharya to demand
Ekalavya's thumb as Gurudakshina, a toll that seemed disproportionately
harsh? The devotion displayed by Ekalavya towards his Guru raises the
poignant question – did he truly deserve such a severe consequence?
Acharya Madhwaru gives clarification to all these.
emerged as the living embodiment, or Amsha, of the enigmatic demon
Manimanta. His character, akin to a captivating tale, unfolded as a
nuanced blend of virtues and vices.. Prior to immersing himself in the
study of Warfare Shastra vidya before Drona's idol, he delved into the
forbidden arts of black magic, specifically Paishacha vidya, under the
tutelage of a group of devils known as pishachis. Armed with this
arcane knowledge, he joined forces with Jarasanda to confront Sri
Krishna, resulting in his defeat. Undeterred, Ekalavya made a second
attempt to assail Krishna, only to face another defeat.
that black magic, the Paishacha Astra, was ineffective against Sri
Krishna, Ekalavya resolved to seek the guidance of the esteemed Guru
Drona. His intent, however, harbored darker shades, for he sought
divine weapons with the explicit purpose of ending Krishna's life.
Dronacharyaru, Ekalavya humbly requested instruction in archery and the
bestowal of divine weaponry. Yet, as Dronacharyaru gazed upon
Ekalavya's countenance, he discerned the shadows that lingered within,
sensing the disciple's ominous intentions. Aware of Ekalavya's previous
foray into black magic and the true purpose behind his plea,
Dronacharyaru, in a moment of sagacity, chose to decline the imparting
of archery skills.
In upholding his commitment to Arjun,
Dronacharyaru affirmed his promise to make Arjun the paramount warrior.
Recognizing Arjun's alignment with Dharma and the purity of his
intentions, Dronacharyaru refrained from bestowing divine weapons upon
one whose motives veered towards hostility and harm. The intricate
dance between teacher and seeker, duty and discernment, unfolded in
this pivotal moment, shaping the destiny of Ekalavya within the grand
Later on, Ekalavya, with strong devotion, learns
archery using Dronacharya's idol through meditation, becoming skilled.
When Dronacharya meets Ekalavya, he's impressed by his dedication but
senses bad intentions. Dronacharya asks for Ekalavya's thumb as Guru
Dakshina. Surprisingly, Ekalavya happily gives it, showing his deep
respect for his Guru.
Afterward, in a secret meeting,
Dronacharya, recognizing Ekalavya's devotion, teaches him complete
archery as a gift. Dronacharya knew that without a thumb, Ekalavya
couldn't pose a threat, ensuring the safety of those following Dharma.
In this way, Dronacharya maintained his good character by taking the
thumb to prevent harm, while also rewarding Ekalavya's dedication with
Despite losing his thumb, Ekalavya refined
his archery skills under Drona and later faced Krishna and Balarama in
battle. Balarama emerged victorious. Undeterred, Ekalavya sought
penance to appease Shiva. Bestowed with invincibility, Ekalavya’s ego
swelled. Eager to confront Sri Krishna, Ekalavya charged forward.
However, in a crucial moment, Krishna, halting all weapons and astras,
killed Ekalavya with his Chakra.
As Sri Rayaru says Acharya Madhwaru's clarification serves as a guiding light, illuminating the layers of Mahabharata.
The moral of Ekalavya's story encompasses several valuable lessons:
Bhakti (Devotion to the Teacher): Ekalavya's unwavering devotion to
Dronacharya, even in the face of adversity, highlights the profound
significance of respecting and honoring one's teacher.
Conduct and Intentions: The story underscores the importance of ethical
conduct and pure intentions in seeking knowledge. Dronacharya's refusal
to teach Ekalavya, recognizing his impure motives, emphasizes the
ethical responsibilities of both teachers and disciples.
Consequences of Ego: Ekalavya's journey serves as a cautionary tale
about the dangers of unchecked ego. Despite gaining invincibility, his
ego leads to his downfall, showcasing the negative repercussions of
Balancing Promises and Higher Duties: Dronacharya's
decisions to withhold divine knowledge from Ekalavya, in order to
fulfill promises made to Arjuna and prevent harm to those following
Dharma, highlight the delicate balance teachers must maintain between
promises and greater ethical responsibilities.
The Complexity of
Characters: The nuanced portrayal of Ekalavya, with both virtues and
vices, reminds us that individuals are complex and multifaceted. It
encourages us to understand the layers of a person's character rather
than viewing them in simplistic terms.
The Role of Divine
Intervention: Krishna's role in inspiring Dronacharya to seek
Ekalavya's thumb and later defeating him in battle emphasizes the
concept of divine intervention. It underscores the idea that there is a
larger cosmic design at play in the unfolding of events.
the story of Ekalavya encourages reflection on humility, ethical
conduct, devotion, and the complex interplay of virtues and vices in
human nature. It serves as a timeless narrative that imparts profound
moral and spiritual lessons transcending the boundaries of time and
The devotion towards
Sri Raghavendrateertharu is the ultimate truth and is the most simple
and effective way to reach Sri Hari - "NAMBI KETTAVARILLAVO EE
GURUGALA"! “Those who have complete faith in this Guru will never be
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