Kunti gave you up to Mother Ganga
And you little baby, flowed down her bosom
Safe and sound
Found by Adhirath the charioteer
Who made you his own after
Quite a struggle of his own
Radha became your mother
You grew up brilliantly strong
Son of the Sun God- Surya.
He had endowed you
With shining armour and ear rings
And followed you around
Frolicking with you on every step- unknown.
Discarded royal, yet so loved
You could not contest at many a place
With other royals since no one knew
Of your own birth parents
Duryodhana gave you support
Made you Angaraaj
Fortunate was he
For he earned by that single action
A life long friend most loyal
Who fought the great war
At his side same as the steadfast
Bheeshma, both of you with no
Axe to grind of your own and yet
You stood most firm
Heedless of your wife and mothers plea
Unshaken even by Sri Krishna's counsel
The revelation of your birth
Shook you to your core but
Failed to move you from the side
Of the wrong-doer simply
Because it was not in you to
Betray your friend.
Till the end you stayed the
Great giver, courageous and strong
First born of Kunti
Ready to bear any loss
For your own belief of what's right and wrong
Oldest Pandava, we will never forget thee.
जो रहिमन उत्तम प्रकृति- का कर सकत कुसंग
चंदन विष व्यापत नहीं लिपटे रहत भुजंग
A couplet (Doha) by Rahim (Abdurrahim Khankhana)
Meaning- Says Rahim, one who is of inherently noble nature, will remain unaffected even when he associates with bad people. Just as the sandalwood plant does not absorb poison when the snakes wind around it.
This seems to me to point directly to the hero of today's post :) Dear reader what do you think ?