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Monday, 6 April 2020

Eklavya (Mythological Monologues #5)



The silence became heavier
Excruciating to bear;
All heads were turned at me
Guru Dronacharya did not say a word
After asking me for his Gurudakshina
His ripe eyes pierced into mine
To study the roaring waves of my heart
Which had been hit by a tsunami of emotions;
My heart - where I had instated him as my teacher
Before making his statue with the mud on which he walked
And learnt the finest archery
Within a few years.

The silence felt longer
Than a night spent awake in hunger;
Everyone waited for me to speak or act
Guru Dronacharya had asked for my right thumb
As his appropriate Gurudakshina.
I would no longer be a great archer
If I sacrificed my right thumb
Yet I would be called
The best disciple of my Master.
My teacher had set
A seemingly simple yet tricky question paper:
Best Archer or Best Disciple?

The silence felt comforting
As my inner voice started speaking;
Without wasting a single second,
I chopped my right thumb
With a smile on my face
And offered it at my Master's feet;
All his pupils gasped in disbelief
Whereas Guru Dronacharya beamed.
My Master had made me immortal
By asking such a Guru Dakshina
Even after thousands of years,
People will remember me - Eklavya
Who happily gave up being the finest archer
To become the best disciple 
The world has ever seen. 

©Purba Chakraborty
06.04.2020


Note: Eklavya is a character from the Hindu epic, Mahabharat known for his Gurudakshina. He was a young prince of the Nishadha (Adivasi) tribe in Ancient India. 

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10 comments:

  1. Eklavya is a great character. I like to read his and Karna's stories of bravery. How beautifully you are penning down every poem, so nicely written and I really love the narration. Loved it.

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  2. Hari OM
    Oh yes, the lesson for all true devotees! Wonderfully captured again. YAM xx

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  3. Eklavya is a great character. But unfortunately, his Gurudakshina also meant that there would be no worthy opponent for Arjuna. A beautiful tribute to a worthy character from mythology. :)

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  4. I loved the beautiful portrayal of Eklavya’s emotions buddy, what a great heart he possessed and what a lesson he has left for us the entire humanity, he has loved guru de voh bhavah

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  5. Brilliant choice for 'E' and a great tribute to the world's best pupil.

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  6. Some parts of our Puranas are difficult to digest. Maybe because I'm a mere human who doesn't have the enlightenment to see the bigger picture. A true guru wouldn't teach and then ensure that his lessons are useless, would he?

    Well written Purba. The theme was a food for. thought

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  7. You have narrated it so well in the form of poem .Eklavta was definitely the best disciple and a great Archer.

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  8. Aw! that was beautiful. Though I know Ekalavya, this was a very evocative way of putting it. I was definitely drawn it!

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  9. Finding a disciple like Ekalavya is impossible. Otherwise he would have been a strong opponent for Arjun. Without his thumb, he was never the same as before and Arjun was able to surpass his archery skills and was known as the best archer.

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  10. Really loved your poem and how you have interpreted Eklavya's story. Not sure what I would have done in his place though.

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