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Amazing Stories From Mahabharat

Written By Muveen Ahmed on Friday | 11:40 am

I like the part where Yudhishthira answers Yaksha questions.
Yudhisthira answering the questions of the Dharmaraj in form of a Yakshya, disguised as the Baka (crane).
Few of my favorite questions and answers:
The Yaksha asked, "What is heavier than Earth, higher than heavens, faster than the wind and more numerous than straws"?
Yudhishthira answered, "One's mother is heavier than the Earth, one's father is higher than the heavens, the mind is faster than the wind and our worries are more numerous than straws ".
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The Yaksha asked, "Who is the friend of a traveler? Who is the friend of one who is ill and one who is dying"?
Yudhishthira's response, "The friend of a traveler is his companion. The physician is the friend of one who is sick and a dying man's friend is charity".
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The Yaksha asked, "What enemy is invincible? What constitutes an incurable disease? What sort of man is noble and what sort is ignoble"?
And Yudhishthira responded, "Anger is the invincible enemy. Covetousness constitutes a disease that is incurable. He is noble who desires the well-being of all creatures, and he is ignoble who is without mercy".
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The Yaksha asked, "Who is truly happy? What is the greatest wonder?
Yudhishthira replied, "He who has no debts is truly happy. Day after day countless people die. Yet the living wish to live forever. O Lord, what can be a greater wonder?
In the end the Yaksha asked, "O king, one of your dead brothers can now be revived. Whom do you want revived?''
Yudhishthira thought for a moment and then replied, "May Nakul arise.'' The Yaksha asked, "Why did you not choose Bhima who has the strength of sixteen thousand elephants ? And why not Arjuna, whose prowess in arms is your protection?''
Yudhishthira replied, "Dharma is the only shield of man and not Bhima or Arjuna . If Dharma is set at naught, man will be ruined. Kunti and Madri were the two wives of my father. I am surviving, a son of Kunti , and so, she is not completely bereaved. In order that the scales of justice may be even, I ask that Madri's son Nakul may revive.''

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