yudhishthira

anonymous asked:

Oh oh oh can you write a headcanon for a pregnant Panchaali and Yudhishtir? (it's his child) thank you!

Yes of course this is a good idea! :D

Draupadi runs into their kaksh from her hamam, to find Yudhishthir putting his angavastram on. Yudhishthir looks at her quizzically.

“I thought you were supposed to be… not here?” He says awkwardly, looking at a flushing and radiant Draupadi.

“Arya. Arya, I have news,” she says, her breathing heavy.

“What happened?” He asks, moving towards her. “Are you fine? Is everything OK?”

His confused frown deepens when Draupadi blushes.

“I have good news, Arya,” she says shyly, with a smile.

Yudhishthir’s eyes narrow, then widen. Very cautiously, he asks, “What is it, priye?” He has an idea, but it isn’t right to presume.

Draupadi moves to look out of the window. “Indraprasth will soon have its first prince, Arya.”

She looks back to see her husband smiling very widely.

—————

(Seven months into the gestation period.)

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As the wise know, sinful acts arise
from overhasty rushing to revenge.
One who is wronged and who responds with anger
is prone to bad judgment, liable to act
impulsively. Good rarely comes of it.
If every person with a sense of grievance
struck back immediately, where would it end?
— 

(Yudhishthira)

Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling by Carole Satyamurti

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Scene from Peter Brook’s Mahabharata adaptation

Throughout much of southern Asia, religious proscriptions specifically designate these street dogs or pariahs as unclean or untouchable. Yet in these same areas, there is also a widespread reluctance to kill surplus dogs, which in some cases amounts to a religious taboo. Although there have been few detailed studies of attitudes to dogs among such communities, the few that exist describe often quite elaborate mythological reasons for exercising tolerance.

One particularly revealing and ancient example is contained in the Hindu legend of Yudhishthira. In the final scene of the Mahabharata epic, the hero Yudhishthira approaches Heaven after a lengthy mountain pilgrimage during which his queen and his four brothers have all perished. His only surviving companion at this stage is a dog that has followed him faithfully since he set out on his journey. Suddenly, Indira, the King of Heaven, appears in a blaze of light and invites Yudhishthira to complete his journey in his heavenly chariot. Yudhishthira happily accepts and stands aside to allow his dog to enter first, whereupon Indira objects strenuously on the grounds that dogs are unclean and that the animal’s presence would defile Heaven itself. Yudhishthira, however, is unmoved and says that he cannot imagine happiness, even in Heaven, while haunted by the memory of casting off such a devoted, loyal and loving companion. A heated argument then ensues until Yudhishthira finally announced that he cannot conceive of a crime that would be more heinous than to leave the dog behind.

At this point, all is revealed. By refusing Heaven for the sake of a dog, Yudhishthira has passed his final test. The dog is suddenly transformed into Dharma, the God of Righteousness, and Yudhishthira is carried off to Heaven amidst the acclamation of radiant multitudes.

—  James Serpell, “From paragon to pariah: some reflections on human attitudes to dogs,” The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour, and Interactions with People (1995), p. 250-251