Yudhisthir*

Too dependent on the counsel of Krishna,

and the prowess of his brothers,

this poor gambler had no regal aspiration.

Welfare of his subjects was his major concern.

Beside the target, he noticed tree,

his teachers, and his brothers.

So weakly attractive he was.

He was just a man, a very ordinary man.

A great learner, during Vaanprastha

he did not waste time in contemplating

on perpetual discontent,

nor did he indulge in combat and conflict.

He learnt the lessons of humanity.

The ageless tales of wisdom from Rishis and Munis enriched his mind.

He listened attentively, asked questions, and sought clarifications.

The art of detachment taught him when not to look behind.

War did not turn him into a stone.

He walked steadily, carrying the riches of his deprivation.

He walked by himself, but was not really alone.

Dog followed him.

He forsakes entry into the heaven, for the sake of a dog.

Yudhisthir showed us

Insignificance is the locus of true significance.

· Based on Budhadev Bose’s Yudhisthir