Is it possible to have power like Karna in modern world ?
Karna, a warrior seen by many with an empathetic view who suffered from all possible misfortunes and was disgraced at every possible doorstep of his life is an epitome of what persistent efforts can win for a person. He is not bound by the clutches of time and people still wonder whether he was better than Arjuna himself?
Abandoned at an early age by his mother due to societal pressure and being brought up by a family of chariot driver, he felt the heat of the society whenever he attempted to desire beyond his social limitations. Despite his talent and hard work, he failed to gain teachings of archery from great scholars of that time and was rather humiliated by the society. His identity of belonging to the lower class confronted him and even the likes of as great as Dronacharya refused to guide him questioning his caste. Pandavas, the most celebrated righteous beings of that Yuga degraded him over his social backwardness.
Therefore, just to prove his abilities and to fight back against the discrimination, he single-handedly attempted to go against the prominent sectional divide of that period and acquired knowledge with utmost dedication ensuring that he is cherished by the society as the best archer to ever walk over the planet. His biggest competitor in this desire was Arjuna, a much-celebrated warrior of his time. In order to prove himself the best, Karna attempts to confront and challenge Arjuna at every possible event and gradually his desire of embracing the knowledge of archery is being overshadowed by his sick desire of winning against Arjuna and proving the world about his own abilities.
Karna is an ideal example of what we witness even today i.e. division and oppression based on birth rather than abilities. For this reason itself, his dedication and the resulting skills are celebrated and often quoted as an example of what all a person can achieve by his sheer dedication. His journey clearly illustrates that dedication and hard work pave the way for the greatest talents to excel. But while learning from the example of this fierce warrior and a generous ruler, we often question Krishna’s action of advising Arjuna to attack weaponless Karna as against the norms of the war.
Yes, Karna did evil by siding with Duryodhan but wasn’t he bound of his dharma of friendship? Wasn’t Krishna too harsh on Karna? Wasn’t Karna better than Arjuna? Was he just a victim of circumstances?
It is often hard to believe that how a person so generous, who even donated his Godly armour, who kept the promise of not killing the 4 Pandavas except Arjuna, who worked persistently despite all suffering be punished through deception? How could anyone possibly term him evil? His loyalty for Duryodhan was because of the latter’s acceptance of him despite his class inferiority. Then how could he leave Duryodhan’s side when the war was on and join hands with Pandavas? Surely, he knew the truth about his birth by then but abandoning a friend at such a crucial time would’nt be Adharma itself?
Karna had similar questions in his mind. Lord Krishna beautifully answers these questions and poses some from his end as well for all of us to ponder upon. It is true that Duryodhan did accept Karna despite his lower class but was that his generosity or was he just trying to strengthen his side by calling in Karna? Had Duryodhan been so kind- hearted, he would have alleviated the weaker sections of the society under his rule. He would have allowed them the right to education. He would have questioned the archaic system of allocation of caste based on birth and would have attempted to revamp it for a greater good but obviously, he didn’t because he too was guided by a parochial mindset.
It was his desperation to win against the Pandavas that he was oblivion to Karna’s social backwardness. Karna too was equally responsible here. He had been a first-hand victim of caste and class-based oppression and yet once his position in the society grew. He forgot about his own kind and indulged himself in petty politics. (even though reluctantly) and became desperate to compete with Arjuna. His learning wasn’t utilized for societal well- being and he restricted himself narrowly to prove his superiority. It was his myopic desires that made him sign in for the war and it was only because of his indubitable support that Duryodhan actually initiated a war.
Yes, the life of Karna was full of struggle and repeated insults and it is true that he deserves. All the respect for what all he achieved but he was arrogant and. Ignorant at times and despite repeated requests by. Lord Krishna and his own mother Kunti he refused to leave the side of evil Kauravas. His death is surely a big tragic event in the epic of Mahabharata but it also leaves. Us with a learning that we all have heard about. ‘With great power comes great responsibility’. Dharma in its right spirit doesn’t refer to religion, a term which we often misinterpret it with. It refers to righteousness and the ability to differentiate. Whether we seek revenge or we seek justice forms this fine line of Dharma. Karna obviously failed to identify this line.
Karna, an abandoned child of Kunti is brought up by a Suta (a charioteer) and despite. His unparalleled attempts to raise his social status in the society, he is disgraced at every step. A disheartened. Karna, eager to earn societal respect joins hands with the evil. Duryodhana and in an attempt to challenge the social complexities of that era, loses his own conscience. Due to his association with the. Adharma, the revered warrior and a generous leader dies at the hands of Arjuna on Krishna’s advice. Though his struggle and generosity is still celebrated. In the mythology, the greater question is, ‘Is it just a tale to be. Intrigued with or a lesson to be learnt from?’
Compared to most other superpowers, the average human seems fairly weak. We live in climate-controlled bubbles and eat food that we purchase in stores. Most of us would have a hard time surviving in the wild for even a week.
And yet, Homo sapiens were able to conquer the globe, spreading to the far corners of the. Planet before the existence of modern technology. Our ancestors traveled the world, traversing deserts like the Sahara and freezing regions like Siberia, scaling mountain ranges like the. Alps and Himalayas, and even crossing segments of the ocean to populate new lands.
But the ability to accomplish all that wasn’t due to superpowers that were genetically lost,
Inside all of us, we have remarkable abilities to resist extreme weather and to endure extreme physical stress. These superpowers are really what Carney calls “human powers,” and they can be developed and learned.
Here are some of the “superpowers” that can be found in individuals or that can be developed.
Controlling the unconscious: people use breathing and cold exposure to learn to control body temperature and the immune system.
Scientists began investigation into the power of the human body to resist extreme conditions by studying. They claims that training his body through a combination of breathing exercises and exposure to cold temperatures has given him the ability to naturally warm himself, adapt more quickly to altitude, and either activate or suppress his immune system.
Researchers have found that people who learn the Hof method do gain a limited amount of control over their immune system, something previously thought impossible much like Karna and other warriors possessed.
We can adapt to survive at the top of the world.
Your body adapts and red blood cells start to change how they react and hold onto oxygen overnight. This causes changes that last for months, making you able to live at the top of the world.
Indigenous people who have lived in these regions for thousands of years have developed even more adaptations that make it possible to thrive with drastically reduced levels of oxygen in the air.
We’re still learning just how deep humans can dive and how long they can hold their breath.
There have always been people who dove deep into the sea. Ancient Greeks dove to wage war and to collect sea sponges, Japanese and Korean women dove to collect shellfish and pearls. But we’ve often thought of the ocean as a hostile place. When Raimondo Bucher set out to dive 30 meters in 1949, scientists thought the pressure would kill him — yet he emerged from the sea alive and began the tradition of modern freediving, which we’re still finding the limits of.
Researchers have found that something about submerging ourselves in water causes heart rate to drop and oxygen consumption to slow. In recent years, divers have continued to push human limits, going down to 700 feet and at least one holding his breath for more than 22 minutes underwater. We don’t know what the limits are, but testing them is dangerous. So it’s possible to get powers like Karna even in modern world.