Karna remains a tragic figure for millions of Hindus and Indians to this day. He remains a brave hero, a courageous spirit who braved impossible odds in his whole life, and died with terrific courage, valor and honor, to rise to immortality in fame. He is especially famous for his generosity. He is also an example of misjudgment and how that renders all the fine qualities of an individual futile.
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The character of Karna, who is endowed with all the good human qualities; yet suffers from the human and mortal folly of not being able to choose between the "Good or proper" and "the RIGHT".
It is good to be a faithful friend but the RIGHT WAY is not to accompany him to the path of doom where he wants to go; but to bring him out of the thought and desire based on selfish motives which destroys a kingdom and people.
In life, sometimes the most difficult decision is to choose between "the Good" and the "RIGHT". Only a truly enlightened mind can discern between the two choices.
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You have also said it absolutely right:"He is also an example of misjudgment and how that renders all the fine qualities of an individual futile"--that's what Krishna says in the battlefield when karna is dying--you talk of dharma now when you are in trouble, but where was this dharma when Draupadi was being disrobed & when the Pandavas weren't given their share of the kingdom, etc, etc. Maybe a lesson that 'the cock always comes home to roost'--no escape from it.
We see this trend/trait now quite often everywhere--not just in India. S. Bhaskar mentioned about the changed definition of 'faithfulness' now-a-days:examples galore in our life today. But of course, life has to go on--how depends on each individual alone.
Karna,no doubt was a great person but was an unsung hero because of his wrong placment.
Similarly Bhisma was the greatest Guru,but in a wrong place.
Men may have character,but 'placement' is the key.
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