Who is powerful Arjuna or Eklavya

Chapter 134 - Drona becomes the prince's teacher

So Drona, honored by Bhishma, took his quarters in the city of the Kurus and lived there in their esteem. After he had rested for a while, Bhishma came to him with his grandsons and gave them to him as a student along with many valuable gifts. With great joy Bhishma also gave him a tidy and clean house, which was well filled with rice and all the pleasant things in life. Drona, the best of archers, also gladly accepted the sons of Pandu and Dhritarashtra as his disciples. One day Drona called his protégés over to her one by one, let each of them touch his feet and said to each with a swelling heart: “I have a special intention in my heart. Promise me sincerely, you sinless one, that you will fulfill them when you have become proficient in the use of arms. ”All the princes were silent at his words, only Arjuna swore to carry out Drona's plan, whatever it was. Then he happily drew Arjuna to his chest, smelled his head and shed tears of joy.

After that, the mighty Drona began teaching the princes of the Kurus in the use of both earthly and heavenly weapons. Many other princes also joined this best Brahmin to learn the art of arms. The Vrishni and Andhaka princes came, including Karna, this son adopted by the Suta, and many other princes and became Drona's disciples. Of these all, only the envious Karna challenged Arjuna again and again, and, supported by Duryodhana, he disregarded the Pandavas. But full of devotion to learning the art of weapons, Arjuna always remained loyal to his teacher and surpassed all other classmates in skill, strength of the arms and endurance. Although the teacher's instructions were the same for all, Arjuna became the best in ease and skill. And Drona was convinced that none of his disciples would ever be able to match Indra's son.

During this time Drona gave all his students a jug with a very narrow opening (Kamundala) to fetch water so that it would take a long time to fill the jug. His own son Aswatthaman, however, was given a wide-mouthed jar (Kumbha)so that he could return quickly. In the time gained in this way, Drona taught his son the higher methods of using weapons. Arjuna realized this, filled his narrow jar with the help of the Varuna weapon, and came back to the teacher with Aswatthaman. And so the wise son of Kunti was not inferior to the son of his teacher. Arjuna's devotion to the service of his teacher and also to the art of arms was great, and so he soon became the favorite of his teacher. Drona watched his devotion and one day secretly ordered the cook: "Give Arjuna his food in the dark and don't tell him that I told you to." A little later a wind rose while Arjuna was eating and blew out the burning lamp. But Arjuna continued to eat in the dark, because his hand found its way to his mouth. Then his attention was drawn to the force of habit, and the strong-armed son of Pandu set his heart on practicing the bow at night. When Drona heard the buzzing of his bowstring at night, he went to him, hugged him and said: "I tell you upright, I will do everything for you so that there is no archer in the world like you."

The story of Ekalavya

Vaisampayana continued:
Then Drona taught Arjuna the art of fighting on horseback, elephants, on foot and in chariots. The mighty Drona also instructed Arjuna how to fight with club, sword, tomara, prasa and sakti (Lance, spear, dart). He also taught Arjuna to fight with many weapons against many opponents at the same time. When other princes and kings heard of his skills, they flocked to Drona by the thousands and wanted to learn the art of arms too. Among them was a prince named Ekalavya. He was the son of Hiranyadhanu, king of the Nishadas (a people that the Vedic peoples often regard as outcasts). Drona, taught in all the rules of morality, did not accept him as a student in archery lest he, as Nishada, surpass his high-born students. Thereupon the Nishada prince touched Drona's feet with bowed head and went into the forest. There he made an image of Drona out of clay, worshiped it respectfully as if it were his true teacher, and practiced archery in front of him with the strictest regularity. Because of this extraordinary devotion to his teacher and the devotion to his aim, all three processes of laying the arrow on the string, aiming and shooting the arrow became very easy for him.

One day the Kaurava and Pandava princes went hunting with their chariots with the permission of their teacher Drona. A servant followed the hunters with all the usual tools and a dog. When they arrived in the forest, the princes roamed the thicket. And the dog also went on his way and met the Nishada prince. The former was dark-skinned, his body was smeared with mud, he was dressed in black and the curls on his head were matted. The dog began to bark loudly, and the Nishada prince took the opportunity to show the lightness of his hand and shot seven arrows into the open mouth of the barking dog. The dog ran back to the Pandavas with the arrows in its mouth, and they were amazed. Ashamed of their own skill, they praised the lightness of the hand and the ability of the unknown archer to shoot by ear. They started looking for the unknown forest dweller. They soon found him releasing arrows from his bow incessantly. And they inquired of the young man with the grim appearance, who was a complete stranger to them: “Who are you and whose son?” He replied, “You heroes, I am the son of Hiranyadhanu, the king of the Nishadas. Recognize in me a disciple of Drona who tries to acquire the art of arms. ”When the Pandavas had found out everything they needed, they returned to Drona and told him about the wonderful masterpiece of archery they had witnessed in the forest. Arjuna kept thinking of Ekalavya. And trusting in the affection of his teacher, he said in private to Drona: “You promised me lovingly and with a hug that none of your students should be the same as me. Then why is this disciple of yours, the mighty son of the Nishada king, better than me? ”Drona thought for a while and came to a decision. He took Arjuna with him and went to the Nishada prince. He watched Ekalavya, with his filthy body, matted curls and dark rags, as he carried the bow in his hand and incessantly fired arrows. When Ekalavya saw Drona approaching, he came a few steps towards him and lay down on the ground in front of him, touching his feet. The son of the Nishada king honored Drona, behaved like his disciple, and stood before him with folded hands respectfully. Then Drona said to him: “If you, oh hero, are really my student, then give me my dakshina now (Wage). ”Ekalavya replied with great satisfaction:“ Oh glorious teacher, what should I give you? Command, for there is nothing I would not give my teacher, best of those who have mastered the Vedas. "Drona's answer was," Oh Ekalavya, if you are really determined to give me a gift, then I want to the thumb of your right hand. "

And Vaisampayana continued:
These were cruel words from Drona. But Ekalavya was always devoted to truthfulness and was determined to keep his promise. Without a word, with a happy face and an immobile heart, he cut himself off from the ladies and handed him over to Drona. Later, when the Nishada Prince was firing arrows from his bow again with the rest of his hand, he noticed that he had lost his former lightness. Arjuna was very happy about that, and the fever (of envy) left him.

Two of Drona's students excelled in a club fight. These were Duryodhana and Bhima, who were always jealous of each other. Aswatthaman surpassed the others in the mysteries of the art of arms. The twins Nakula and Sahadeva were the best swordsmen. Yudhishthira excelled everyone in the chariot fight. And Arjuna surpassed everyone else in every way, both in wisdom, ingenuity, strength, and perseverance. He mastered all weapons and became the best car warrior. His fame spread far across the earth to the shores of the seas. Although the instructions were the same for all, the mighty Arjuna surpassed all the princes in the ease of his hand. He was the most excellent of them, both in the handling of weapons and in his devotion to the teacher. Among all the princes, Arjuna became the atiratha alone (a car warrior who can fight sixty thousand enemies alone and at the same time). And the common sons of Duryodhana became more and more jealous because of Bhimasena's great physical strength and Arjuna's weaponry.

Drona tests his students

One day after she finished her education, Drona wanted to test his students' skills. He called them all together and showed them an artificial bird as a target on the top of a tree. Drona said to them: “Take your bows, stand up and aim at the bird. Have your arrows ready on the bowstring, and when I tell you, shoot and cut the bird's head off. Each of you will take turns, my children. ”First Drona turned to Yudhishthira and said to him:“ Oh invincible, aim with your arrow and let it fly as soon as I tell you. ”Yudhishthira did as he did called and stood ready with the bow in hand. But in the next moment Drona continued and asked: “Do you see the bird in the tree?” The prince replied: “I see him.” And Drona again: “And what do you see now? The tree, me or your brothers? ”And Yudhishthira replied:“ I see the tree, you, my brothers and the bird. ”Drona repeated the question and got the same answer. Dissatisfied with him, Drona ordered him reproachfully: “Stand aside. It is not up to you to hit the target. ”Then Drona repeated the experiment with Duryodhana and the other sons of Dhritarashtra, one by one, and with all of his other disciples, Bhima and the rest including any other princes who came out to him other realms had come. But in all cases the answer he got was like that of Yudhishthira: "We see the tree, you, the other students and the bird." The teacher rebuked each of them and told them to step aside.