Saturday, March 12, 2022

Shalya’s Advise to Karna

“A jackal, O Karna, residing in the forest in the midst of hares regards himself a lion till he actually sees a lion.” ~ King Shalya of Madra Kingdom (who is the brother of Madri, the mother of Nakula and Sahadeva) says these words to Karna during the great Mahabharata War, when Karna asserts that no power can stop him from fighting Arjuna in the battlefield. 

The age of relative peace that had dawned in Europe after the Second World War, due to some historical factors and Pax Americana, had made the West European nations believe that they were the lions in a world full of hares. Now that Pax Americana is dead, the West Europeans will by and by discover they are not lions—they are jackals and the “real lions” are coming after them.

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