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SHORT STORY: THE STORY OF BERBREEK … KHATU SHAM (Mahabharata)

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    The story is out of Mahabharata. Once upon a time there was a young warrior who wanted to participate in the battle of Kurushetra between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. He came to the battle field, armed with, only three arrows. On the way the youth met Krishna. Krishna asked him why he was carrying only three arrows.

    He replied, ‘with one I can destroy the Pandavas, with another the Kauravas, and with the third I can kill Krishna.’ Krishna asked the youth to prove it.

    The youth pointed towards a tree and said, ‘with one arrow I can pierce each and every leaf of the tree.’ Krishna asked the youth to demonstrate his skill, while he secretly plucked five leaves from the tree and placed it under his foot. The warrior shot an arrow, and such was his skill that the arrow pierced each and every leaf of that tree and then pierced Krishna’s foot five times, once for each leaf. Krishna realised this warrior was indeed a great one as he could do what he claimed he could.

    Krishna asked the youth, ‘from whose side do you wish to fight.’ The youth replied, ‘I always fight from the side of the loser.’

    The reply bothered Krishna. He thought. If the youth fought from the side of the loser and turned them into a winner then he would immediately change sides and participate from the losing side, and help them become the winning side. Thus he would move from side to side and keep turning the losing side to wining and winning side to losing, creating a vicious closed loop, and a never ending, meaningless, and direction less battle.

    Krishna could not allow this to happen. He therefore decided to destroy the warrior before he could participate in the battle.

    He asked the warrior, ‘will you save me from a man who plans to destroy the dharma, I hope to establish on earth?’ ‘Sure,’ said the youth, ‘show me that man and I’ll cut his head off.’ Krishna then showed him the mirror. ‘This is him.’ said Krishna. Looking at his own reflection, the youth realised that Krishna wanted him dead because he felt he threatened the outcome of the battle at Kurukshetra.

    ‘Here, take my head,’ said the youth, severing his neck. Pleased with the offering, Krishna gave the youth a boon. Youth said. ‘Allow me to witness the battle of Kurukshetra even though I’m dead.’ So Krishna placed the head of the youth on a tree atop a hill and blessed the head with life so that the youth could see all the events that take place on the battlefield of Kurushetra. This brave hero was is Berbreek, who is also known by the name of Baba Khatu.

    But that apart. The story draws our attention to the idea of taking a stand in life. Krishna destroyed the warrior because he did not take a stand. It is very important to take a stand and not just hang like a pendulum.

By Kamlesh Tripathi

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