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Why we need a Change?

They say, the only constant in the world is the Change. In the Yug of Mahabharata, Krishna advocated the requirement of a change hugely. The situation everywhere was horrific because no one was ready to accept any change. Everybody considered themselves right.

The change that we are talking about here, isn't the change which occurred after Mahabharata. This is the that non-existent change which caused the Mahabharata in the first place. Anyone who is not ready to change ownself according to the demand of the situation, goes downhill. Presently, in the world of Business, there are many instances where lack of a change brought the fall.

Let's first understand that according to the Mahabharata.

  • Bhishma. Bhishma made the vow to remain a celibate for his entire life. There are two noted circumstances when he could have brought a change by breaking his vow. One is the case of Amba, the princess who demanded to marry Bhishma, and on denial, she killed herself with the intent to bring death upon Bhishma in the next birth. Second incident is of the time when Vichitravirya, the step brother of Bhishma, died. He left leaving two widows behind him, childless. To have a heir, Bhishma could have broken the vow. Had he done that, there would have been no Kauravas and no Pandavas to fight the war. But he didn't accept the change.
  • Dronacharya. Dronacharya was the Guru of Pandavas and Kauravas. When Karna approached him with the request to teach him archery, Drona rejected him. Drona should have seen the boy’s potential and not the caste. But for him, his own rule of teaching nobody except Brahmins and Kshatriya mattered more and he was not ready to bend it. He was not ready to change. This caused Mahabharata.
  • Gandhari. Gandhari was the beautiful princess of the city of Gandhar. But, she had to marry Dhritrashtra, who was blind. In order to fulfill her duty as a wife, she too decided to tie a blindfold on her eyes, so that she could share the darkness with her husband. Here, Gandhari was adamant to follow the tradition of sharing “sorrows” with the husband. Instead, if she had the eyes to watch over her sons, then there wouldn't have been a war at all.
  • Shikhandi. Drupad wanted a child who would bring the end to his friend Dronacharya’s life. He got a daughter, Shikhandi. But , she was always underestimated as a warrior because of her gender. If Drupad had the ability to see the worth of his daughter right from the initial period, then probably Mahabharata could have been avoided.
  • Draupadi. The biggest change that was necessary to bring, was about Draupadi. Polygamy was accepted and appreciated. Polyandry was not. The biggest factor that contributed in the war was this same rotten mentality which the society thrusted on the face of one of the most pious woman to ever exist, Draupadi. But Draupadi didn't stop to fight. She did bring a change in the end.
  • Above are just a few examples of how not changing can ruin everything. Currently, not adapting with the new demands and technology is also as wrong as the Bhishma Pratigya.

    For example:

  • Kodak: This company, the manufacturer of cameras decided not to evolve with the time. And as the time flew, Kodak lost its market to the more advanced cameras.
  • Nokia: The first ever mobile everyone had was of Nokia. But today, this company is thrown out of the market because they did not want to adapt with the new Smart Phone Era.
  • Orkut: It isn't only Facebook that caused its death, but also its own lack of responsibility that did not strive to compete in inddustry. This network by Google had not much concern about the ‘feel’ the users would get. Hence Facebook managed to kill it to effortlessly.
  • Deva Dubey

    About Deva Dubey

    Decoding the World Mythologies is Deva's favourite thing to do. Here, on, she presents Mythological Stories as an Applied Science with lessons that can benefit her readers in various aspects of life. Apart from that, Deva is a student of management stream and a feminist who wishes to make her perspective on Mythology to reach every household one day.
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