Krishna the strategist

In the Mahabharata, behind every episode we find the Lord’s planning, said V.S. Karunakarachariar, in a discourse. Satrajit was the father of Satyabhama, who married Lord Krishna. Satrajit owned the rare gem called Syamantaka given to him by Surya. Satrajit would not part with it. A plot was hatched to do away with Satrajit, and steal the gem. Satadhanva killed him, while Akrura and Kritavarma stood guard. When Krishna and Balarama came to know that Satadhanva was behind the murder, they gave chase. Satadhanva went up to Mithila (Nepal). However, when they caught up with him and killed him, they found that the gem was not with him. Krishna returned to Dwaraka, but Balarama stayed back, and Duryodhana came to him to learn how to use the mace in fighting. Krishna kept checking on Duryodhana’s progress, and when Duryodhana’s lessons were complete, He went to Balarama and asked him to return. Why did Krishna wait for so long to call His brother back home? The reason was that only when Duryodhana was a skilled fighter would he dare to challenge the Pandavas, and war would break out. And the war was necessary to establish righteousness in the world.

In the same way, Subhadra’s marriage to Arjuna was also brought about by Krishna. Balarama wanted Subhadra to marry Duryodhana, but she wanted to marry Arjuna. Arjuna turned up in the guise of a sanyasi, and Balarama, not recognising him, suggested that he stay near Subhadra’s palace. Krishna opposed the idea, aware that if He opposed a plan, Balarama would stubbornly go ahead with it. All this eventually facilitated the marriage of Subhadra and Arjuna. Thus, it was Krishna who did all the behind the scenes work, and ensured the success of His plans.

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