CHENNAI: : Many inspirational episodes related in the epics and the puranas hold contemporary relevance. This is because the central code of ethics remains the same. The practice of Dharma variously described as adherence to one's duty, respecting elders, adopting a right way of living, or observance of the prescribed code of conduct, is recommended in them. The importance of upholding family values and traditions, the relationship between teacher and student, parents and children, husband and wife, are all elaborately dealt with. These are valuable lessons for individuals caught in internal conflicts and human relationships. The ultimate truth that emerges from this is that the power of the evil is strong and it is with God's grace and assistance alone that one can hope to overcome it.
Countless are the instances in the Mahabharata where the direct confrontation of Dharma and Adharma comes into focus. One such instance is when Sahadeva's adherence to the moral code made him genuinely notify to Duryodhana the most auspicious time for the army to assemble, that would spell victory for the Kauravas, said Sri. N. Rama Dikshitar in a discourse. Duryodhana did not hesitate to exploit Sahadeva's talent and his integrity. It did not matter to him that Sahadeva belonged to the opposite camp.
He had so much faith in Sahadeva's reliability. Sahadeva selected the New Moon day as the most auspicious time for Duryodhana to marshal his army, with the assurance that it was to bring sure victory to the Kauravas.
Committed as Lord Krishna was to ensuring the victory of the Pandavas, the upholders of Dharma, He took upon Himself the responsibility of seeing to it that Duryodhana did not start the war at the appointed hour. This He did by creating the illusion of New Moon day, a full day ahead of the event. Duryodhana was misled into launching the war prematurely.
The Kauravas turned to their advantage the uprightness of the Pandavas in many overtly unjust instances. They resorted to fraud to gain the upper hand and cornered the Pandavas in predicaments that only Lord Krishna could tackle. The embodiment of resourcefulness, He alone could muster counter moves against the Adharmic approach of Duryodhana.