Shanti Parva – Mahabharata
Yudhisthir Asks NARAD muni “ How did Karna get curses ?”
Narad muni says , this is Dev Rahasya but yet I would tell you . To decrease the Kshatriya population Sun got a brilliant son from Kunti . He was named KARNA . Karna learnt dhanurved from Acharya DRONA in hastinapur . But since childhood he was jealous of strength of BHEEM , astra vidya of ARJUN , Your intelligence and Nakul sahadevs’ vinay .He was also weary of freindship between Krishna and ARJUN . Seeing extreme support to Yudhisthir in the praja , he made friendship with Duryodhan during childhood .
After inspecting extreme brilliance of Arjun in dhanurvidya , he asked Acharya Drona in solitude that I want to learn Bramhastra its prayog and samhar .
Acharya Drona said , this vidya is only reserved for BRAMHINS and KSHATRIYAS WELL ESTABLISHED IN BRAMHACHARYA AND VEDAS .
Acharya SAID THIS taking into consideration Karna’s proximity to Duryodhan and rivalry with Arjun . After knowing this Karna went away from the place .
He reached MAHENDRA PARVAT . There he met Lord Parshuraam and introduced himself as Bramhin from Bhargav gotra .
Karna was practising astra vidya on mahendra parvat , one day he mistakenly killed a cow while practising . He was cursed by the Bramhin saying his wheel will be stuck in the ground and he will slain . Even after promising to give many cows , gold and land Bramhin could not be pacified . He did not take his curse back .
Dejected Karna went to his preceptor and served him with devotion and bramhacharya . Parshuram happy with his service taught him Bramhastra , its use and reversal . One day when Lord Parshuram was tired chose to rest in the lap of KARNA . There by a insect which feeds on flesh and blood , bit through karna’s thighs and a pool of blood disturbed the sleep of LORD Parshuraam . Parshuram cast his eyes on the insect immediately it turned into a Rakshasa , Lord asked who he was , he said he was A daitya from Satyayuga by name DANSH . One day he had tried to abduct the wife of BHRIGU muni . Rishi gave him curse to become an insect . On repeated lament and request Bhrigu said he would be relieved once eys are set on him by one of his progeny in his lineage . Parshuraam is of Bhargav gotra in the lineage of Bhrigu . Thus I am relieved of curse .
Looking at Karna Parshuram said , such a terrible pain could not be sustained by a bramhin , you seem to have kshatriya qualities , Karna fearing a terrible curse , immediately fell on the feet of Parshuram and said , I am from the caste SUTA and in greed of Bramhastra I lied to you . But as teacher is akin to a father , I introduced myself as the Bhargav gotra as you are from the lineage of Bhrigu and my Father .
Looking at the shivering KARNA Parshuraam smilingly addresed , ‘ fool , owing to the greed of astra you have cheated me , hence you will forget the astras and face defeat whenever you will fight with a sense of competition [ or whenever you fight a warrior you feel worthy to be vanquished]
There is no place in this ashram for liars and greedy . But I also bless you with a bow and chariot as long as you are fighting without the spirit of competition sitting in this chariot you will not be vanquished .
After saluting Parshuraam Karna returned to the Hastinapur and declared to Duryodhan that I have learnt Bramhastra!!!!!!
- Initial dhanurvidya was taught to Karna by DRONA himslef , he was denied astras .
- Karna could win battles with others [ other than ARJUN BHEEM etc ] only because of Parshuraam’s boons , not by self strength or proficiency .
- Curses to karna were owing to his own misdeeds . He was not victim of circumstances . Gohatya cannot be a victimisation , lying to lord cannot be a circumstantial .
- Greed was predominant in karna
- jealousy was main factor in zeal for astras . Karna did not want to acquire astras for a just ruling or dharma yudha , he wanted them to excel Arjun . With or without astra karna had terrible ill feelings towards ARJUN ,