CL 13 Lecture 27 4/6
CL 13 Lecture 27 4/6 CL 113LEC
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Date Created: 04/13/16
Lecture 27 4/6/16 (All of this is so Satyavati can have grandsons to be king) Dhrtarastra = blind son of Vyasa + Ambika Ambalika When she lays her eyes on him, he’s so ugly that all the color from her face drains—she passes out Her child will be a pale color o Pandu ‘pale’ Ambika wont conceive another child with Vyasa So she sends a slave to give birth to the next grandson Vidura o Becomes great seer and Brahman Satyavati grandsons: Dhrtarastra—blind; becomes king when Pandu is cursed Pandu—will be king Vidura Pandu st 1 wife= Kunti Mantra- chant that will bring a god to her so they can produce a child so he can have a son o She invokes the God Dharma ‘chief legal deity’ o Yudhisthira= son ‘standing in battle’ o Grndt descendent of bharata Vayu-2 god that Kunti calls upon o Bhima = Vayu+Kunti Indra= 3 god Kunti calls upon o Arjuna= son of Indra+Kunti o ‘Shining’ 2ndwife= Madri Learns mantra from Kunti o Calls upon the Asvins Nakula and Sahadeva = twins Madri+Asvins 5 sons of Pandu= Pandaua Pandu’s curse Sees two deer having intercourse, he tries to shoot both of them with 1 arrow 1 of the deer was actually a Brahman Cursed by Brahman—will die if he makes love with anyone Steps down from throne and goes into exile with his wives Dhrtarastra Wife= Gandhari She voluntarily blinds herself with a blindfold o She is functionally blind while he is biologically blind Carries their child for 24 months; decides to abort pregnancy because it doesn’t come out o Whatever was inside her was not human; it was a steel ball o Vyasa tells them to sprinkle the ball with spring water; segments itself into 100 pieces o Each of the pieces are placed in a clay jar and st from there 100 sons will be born 1 son= Duryodhana o The worst/bad news/ill omen birth 2ndson= Duhsasana o Prefix dys (dysfunctional) ‘bad’ 100 sons of Dhrtarastra= Kaurava Pandu + Madri He sees her body through her gown and cant control himself—so he tries to make love to her and his curse kills him Madri throws herself on his pyre to be consumed and accompany him in the afterlife (it was supposed to be the first wife) Bhisma raises sons of Pandu and Dhrtarastra Drona= martial arts teacher of the 105 boys Arjuna is the star pupil (Kunti+Indra) o Tells Arjuna not to hesitate to kill him in battle Two sets of cousins don’t get along Bhima is dangerous—tries to kill the 100 sons Duryodhana persuades Pandu’s 5 sons & Kunti to move away o It is a trap o They plan to escape through a secret exit Purocana ‘happy with fire’ o Sent to check out the Pandauas o They abduct and kill 6 people and put them in the house and set it on fire (Purocana dies too) Pandauas disguise themselves as student Brahmans Pancalas King Drupada wants to find husband for his daughter = Draupadi o Archery contest o Arjuna enters contest and wins He must share her with his brothers= she is wife of the 5 Pandaua
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