This is an interesting conversation between Karna and Lord Krishna, where Karna asks that why he has been so unfortunate. Read on to know that how Krishna pacified Karna.
Karna’s question to Lord Krishna
Karna asks Lord Krishna – “My mother left me the moment I was born. Is it my fault I was born an illegitimate child?
He further added that he did not get the education from Dronacharya because I was not considered a Kshatriya. Parshurama taught him the skills of warfare but then gave him the curse to forget everything when he knew that Karna was son of Kunti and indeed a Kshatriya.
Then a cow was accidentally hit by my arrow & its owner cursed Karna for no fault of his. He was disgraced in Draupadi’s Swayamvar. Whatever Karna received in life was due to Duryodhana’s large heart. So he asks why he should not take Duryodhana’s side in the war of Mahabharat.
Response of Lord Krishna
Lord Krishna gave a beautiful reply to Karna. He says that He was born in a Jail. He was separated from his parents on his birth. So many people tried to kill him before he could walk. He grew up with cows, dung while Karna grew up hearing noise of swords, chariots, horses, bow, and arrows. He did not get education, people even disgraced Krishna telling that he was the reason for their problems.
When everyone was being appreciated by their teachers, he had not even received any education. he joined Gurukula of Rishi Sandipani only at the age of 16.
He further added:
You are married to a girl of your choice. I didn’t get the girl I loved & rather ended up marrying those who wanted me or the ones I rescued from demons.
I had to move my whole clan from the banks of Yamuna to far off to save them from Jarasandh. I was called a coward for this act.
So, now tell me this. If Duryodhana wins the war you will get a lot of credit. What do I get if Yudhishthira wins the war? Only the blame for the war. So now he says to Karna – Everybody has Challenges in life to face and life is not easy for anyone. But what is right (Dharma) is known to your Mind (conscience). No matter how much unfairness we got, how many times we were Disgraced, how many times we fall, what is important is how you respond.
He further concludes that life’s unfairness does not give you license to walk the wrong path. Always remember, Life may be tough at few points, but “destiny” is not created by the “shoes” we wear but by the “steps” we take.
Jai Shri Krishna!