Karna or Arjuna?

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Mahabharata World Staff asked 2 months ago

Why did Lord Krishna liked Arjuna more than Karna and any other character in the Mahabharata?

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Arjuna The Victor Staff answered 2 months ago

In the Mahabharata, Krishna made this quote twice;

“My wives, my kinsmen, my relatives, none amongst these is dearer to me than Arjuna. O Daruka, I shall not be able to cast my eyes, even for a single moment, on the earth bereft of Arjuna. I tell thee, the earth shall not be reft to Arjuna.”
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This was made to Daruka, his brother and charioteer who was Satyaki’s charioteer of the 14th day of the War. On this day in battle, Arjuna did kill Jayadratha and cream of Kaurava army.

This day swung the War completely in Pandava favor, destroying Kaurava numerical advantage and putting them on defensive.

On this day, Vasudeva lost his eleventh son, first one since the dark days of Kamsa, the charioteer son who was Satyaki’s partner in his careening across the battlefield for past fourteen days. Today was the day Concept of We vs I was exemplified by the forces of Pandavas.
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why would Krishna rank his relationship with Arjuna higher than that of his familial bonds.
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This was not the only place where Krishna emphasized his connection with Arjuna.
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In Bhagavada Gita, Krishna straightaway states;
“I am Arjuna among Pandavas. Pandavanam_Dhananjayah“
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He again and again emphasizes about Arjuna;

“He that hateth him (Arjuna), hateth me. He that followeth him (Arjuna), followeth me. Thou hast intelligence. Know that Arjuna is HALF OF MYSELF! “

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And when Krishna died, his dying declaration to his father was as related by Vasudeva to Arjuna:
“Yoham Tamarjunam Viddhi, Yo Arjunah Sohameva cha”.
“I am Arjuna & Arjuna is me”
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And Arjuna was equally lost when Krishna was no longer around.

Friendship is paramount. Krishna chose Arjuna’s relationship as his most defining relationship, as his closest relationship above those of his blood and familial ties.
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Here, we have proved that Deity has that freedom to love and choose. Love is the biggest connection between the Deity and the Devotee.
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That is what is being highlighted here.
Why is Love important?
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And that is where Nara Narayana comes into play also.
What is Nara?
Nara is the eternal Spirit pervading the Universe.
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When all the tatvas (the elemental forces of water) had not differentiated into separate tatvas, they then lie in a single seemingly Ocean as undifferentiated Avyakriti waters, those waters are called NARA.
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From these mulaprakrti that everything arises and everything manifest. That is the basis of not only Sariraka Upanishada and thus Hindu Agamas but also Gnosticism, Neo-Platonism, Mystery religions in Greco-roman and Persian context, Zurvanism inside the Parsi belief cycle, Manacheanism and Mandaeism and early Christianity.
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The Presence of demiurge inside the waters Nara is why we call that Purusha as Narayana, one who gets energy from Nara!
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Only from inside Nara does Narayan arise.
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Narayana is inactive unless in context with Nara. Narayana comes to fore and enters the soul of the five elemental pancha mahabhuta body born of womb of Devaki when in connection with Nara, with Arjuna.
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Basically to achieve that connect with Narayanhood to his soul, Krishna in this janam as Govinda, nandlala needs the Nara. Krishna needs that cocoon of Nara to achieve Narayanahood.
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This is a symbiotic relationship.

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