Can iishvara pull out a jiiva from bondage?

Shrisha Rao shrao at NYX.NET
Mon Mar 13 17:36:21 CST 2000

On Mon, 13 Mar 2000, Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:

> When all diplomatic efforts had failed and war between the Kauravas and
> Pandavas became inevitable, both sides rushed to form alliances with the
> other nations.  Duryodhana and Arjuna arrived at Dwarka at the same time
> and were received by Krishna Bhagawan.  Krishna Bhagawan offered these two
> choices, either the entire army of the Yadavas, battle-trained and fully
> equipped for war.  Or himself alone.  Furthermore He would not fight but
> merely act as a charioteer.  As he had been seen first, Duryodhana was
> offered the first choice.  Duryodhana instantly chose the army and
> departed satisfied he had gotten the better end of the bargain.

Two nits: first, the army offered was the `nArAyaNI-sainya' (literally,
Narayana's army) led by Krtavarma and consisting of "sons" of Krishna. The
Yadava army consisting of Pradyumna, Samba, Aniruddha, Balarama, etc.,
stayed out of the war while Satyaki alone participated but on behalf of
the Pandavas.  Also, the first choice was also offered to Arjuna for
having been "seen first" and also as the younger of the two.  Duryodhana
was however satisfied by the choice he was obliged to accept as he had
been assured by the asura-s that Karna, with the power of Narakasura
resident in him, would kill both Arjuna and Krishna.


Shrisha Rao

> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

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