Mahabharata Teaches That Dharma Should Never Be Forsaken
September 23, 2022
A devotee is a person who is devoted to God. In all ages, God has come in various forms and has never failed to come to the rescue of his devotees. There are many instances in society, when extremely rich people are, by a sudden turn of fate, reduced to utter poverty. People who are used to mansions are forced to live in a shanty. People used to the best delicacies are forced to beg for a living. People who had several servants at their command now have to work as servants. During such times, if they lose their morals and demean their character, then they invariably fail in all their attempts to regain their lost position and glory. It is especially true that during such times, they should keep their faith on God and work honestly by keeping their character intact. They should not leave the path of righteousness and should not forsake Dharma.
The Pandavas were used to all the royal pleasures. However, after they lost everything in the dice game, they were forced to live in the forests for twelve years and the last thirteenth year in disguise. Without any wealth and without any servants, they spent their twelve years as ascetics living on fruits, roots, and herbs. They never lost their morals and character, and thus they passed through all their trials and tribulations with calmness and fortitude. They had to face numerous hardships and tests, and with the guidance of Lord Krishna they passed all of them. This was solely because they never followed the path of unrighteousness in spite of facing terrible hardships.
In conclusion, I would humbly repeat what the author of the Mahabharata, Rishi Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa says that Dharma should always be practiced, since a human being can attain fame, prosperity, long life, eternal bliss, everlasting peace and immortality, simply by practicing Dharma (Righteousness). Therefore, Dharma should never be forsaken.