How many of you have seen the movie Eklavya?
I did, a few days back- and so the previous post.
"Dharma Matigrah Udghrutah" was quoted in the movie -
as THE virtuous path being that which your mind and heart says is right.
And so I had a this debate with my friend, about Dharma. He argued that the movie was a letdown, for Eklavya did not follow his Dharma in the end. The character was built up as one whose only motivation, reason for being and self-validation came from following his Dharma (in this instance, protecting the King).
Thus, when the quandary of following Dharma arises in the end- well,
Should he have killed his own son?
Should Eklavya cut off his thumb again???
According to my friend, yes, he definitely should have killed his son, and the fact that he did not takes away from the basic premise of the movie. The manner in which Eklavya was portrayed reinforces the values and sanctity of following Dharma (or at least, what one is brought up to believe).
Me- being a sucker for happy endings- loved it that he did not.
As the movie goes- Dharma Matigrah Udghrutah-
Dharma is what your mind tells you is right.
So is Dharma following centuries of mindless tradition?
Or is it laying down one's life (and love) for what one believes in?
Or is it just a matter of convenience?
However, I do think I would have cut off my thumb.
I nearly did, too...
But finally, my mind prevailed.
Dharma Matigrah Udghrutah...
So why do I still have this lingering sense of guilt??????????????????