Why Draupadi is my favourite from Mahabharata?

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Draupadi is one of my all time favourite mythological character. She is one of those characters in Indian mythology who doesn’t need any introduction. Today I read this book Draupadi by Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad.

To say that this novel is modern, there are many reasons. The author has applied the theories of off-beat feminism to the character of Draupadi. It shows you that Draupadi is not only a distressed woman but also the heroine of the whole story with firm determination.draupadi 5

Why is she my favourite?

Draupadi was a female much ahead of her times. In a time, when females were more show of a power and a means to carry on the lineage,Draupadi was a woman of steel. Learned, knowledgeable, highly beautiful still grounded, strong headed and never compromising on her values and morals.

Draupadi is sometimes criticized for being too self-centered in terms of her desire for revenge. However a closer look at her actions show that she encouraged the war because she knew that the kauravas would be defeated and Dharma would be restored. Her intention was not personal vendetta against the Kauravas.

After the war, when Ashwatthama sneaked in and killed 5 sons of Draupadhi in their sleep, she did not allow the Pandavas to kill Ashwattama. Though she reacted with impulsive anger, she soon had her self-control and argued that killing Ashwatthama wouldn’t serve any greater purpose but it will just remain a personal revenge.Draupadi_humiliated_RRV

Draupadi also demonstrated her selflessness after the dice game. Ready to curse all who silently watched her humiliation in court, Draupadi exercised self-control at the behest of Queen Gandhari. At this point, the king Dhritirashtra, fearful of Draupadi’s power to curse him, offered her as many wishes as she wanted. Draupadi asked only for her husband’s freedom and their weapons!

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Draupadi’s determination, fearlessness, and strength of character, makes her a natural ideal for youth. Her tenacious fight for Dharma did not diminish even after many years of suffering in exile. She went through inumerable hardships and unimaginable sufferings, but her inner strength, unshakeable faith in God, and resolute character gave her the power to overcome them. Draupadi’s spirit and virtuous nature will always be a source of inspiration to all.

– Jahnavi Chowdary

Who is your favourite mythological character? Why?

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LOVE…..?

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Some words pass through us quickly and vanish into the air; some words go deep into our flesh and change the way we think, speak and feel. KAHLIL GIBRAN’s words definitely fall into second category. He is one of my all-time favourite poets….

I have no words to express the profound impact of his poetry on me. I want to share his words on ‘Love’ with you people.

So much of meaning in life comes from the willingness to accept and lean onto the things which make us vulnerable.

“When love beckons to you, follow him,

Though his ways are hard and steep.

And when his wings enfold you yield to him,

Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

And when he speaks to you believe in him,

Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.”

And here he tells us what love does to the people;

“For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.

Even as he is for your growth so he is for your pruning.

Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tender branches that quiver in the sun,

So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth”

After few lines, he explains the need for vulnerability in our lives. If you fear for your vulnerability and seek only happiness in life then u cannot laugh all your laughter and you can not weep all your tears. To know the value of them, you must experience being vulnerable.

“But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,

Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,

Into the season less world where you shall laugh, but not all your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.”

And he says that we cannot direct the course of love and I absolutely agree with that…..

“And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.”

And as his lines on love shows us…..love is a process, not an outcome. If you love, let these be your desires:

“To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own understanding of love,

And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of living;

To rest at noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;

To return home at eventide with gratitude;

And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.”

Hope you people love this poem too…..

_ Jahnavi Chowdary

I couldn’t help…

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You were so deep.

I couldn’t help myself falling into you.

You spoke of theological beliefs and metaphysical poets,

You spoke of philosophy and life,

You spoke of time and you spoke of infinities,

You spoke of politics and you spoke of stories,

Conversations with you were everything over this earth and

I sensed a depth and desire to unravel and discover very fine truths of being,

And everything about you drew me to you.

Even if I would have tried to stop myself

I couldn’t help myself falling for you.

You were so deep, I couldn’t help falling.

_ Jahnavi Chowdary

HURRY MORNINGS

sunrise picIt seems the world operates at a frantic pace,and that it is only getting faster.

More communication. More technology. More to do. More to see. Always more.

I’m no different….even I rush everyday from the time I jump out of my bed in the morning but I at least take a day in a week to feel the mornings, sunrise and that beautiful energy , positive vibes  and the inspiration the mornings give us.

And today is one of those days…..oh my god….how much I  wait for this Sunday…….

Let’s take a minute to feel wind in our hair,

The feel of mist in our eyes and face,

Let the morning’s inspire us

Take in the fresh air

Think about new things,

Fly away with a breeze,

With a new set of wings.

The morning air is full of unseen angels

They not only make us forgive, they make us forget.

Why do I write??

Because I feel too much….that’s what I answer when someone asks me why do I write so much??

All this started with little things I chose to ignore. The hopelessness and the fears I kept inside me slowly scattered me into pieces. I tried to share it with people around me but very soon I became afraid of their judgement….they called me oversensitive….they called me emotionally weak….and one fine day the ‘DIARY’ happened. It felt weird at all first but it slowly became my home because it never judged me for the way I feel. That ‘DIARY’ slowly made me realize how beautiful my soul is…and made me proud of myself…

Now I feel very confident to say aloud that my sensitiveness is my strength…

Why do I write??

Because I feel too much….that’s what I answer when someone asks me why do I write so much??

All this started with little things I chose to ignore. The hopelessness and the fears I kept inside me slowly scattered me into pieces. I tried to share it with people around me but very soon I became afraid of their judgement….they called me oversensitive….they called me emotionally weak….and one fine day the ‘DIARY’ happened. It felt weird at all first but it slowly became my home because it never judged me for the way I feel. That ‘DIARY’ slowly made me realize how beautiful my soul is…and made me proud of myself…

Now I feel very confident to say aloud that my sensitiveness is my strength…