The legend of Eklavya in Mahabharata inspires
every that one can turn his dreams into reality with effort and eagerness to learn.
The effort of Ekalvya to learn and practice is a classic example for self learning
with meditative mind without physical appearance of Guru which is technologically
possible today. The story of Ekalvya tells that what it matters at the end for accomplishing
success is the eager to learn more no matter whatever the opportunities are and
also if you have opportunity use it wisely. It is a classic example for the GURUSHISHYA
tradition of teaching in India, showing profound respect for teachers (Gurus). There
is a principle called Eklavyaism in Mahabharata which believes in self learning
and self perfectionism. Eklavyaism, which is a bahva or sentiment, is a philosophy
for self learning with self meditated mind.
The sage was humbled. He blessed the young archer for his courage. "Eklavya,
even without your thumb, you'll be known as a great archer. I bless you that you
will be remembered forever for your loyalty to your guru," Drona declared and
left the forests. He was moved and grieved at his own action. But he was content
that his promise to Arjuna was not broken. The Gods blessed Eklavya from above.
This is the story of a long-gone era in the Hindu epic Mahabharata in the country
of India, nearly five thousand years back, lived a boy named Ekalavya is a young
prince of the Nishadha a tribal chief in the forests of the kingdom- Hastinapura,
and a member of a low caste, who nevertheless aspires to study archery in the gurukul
of Dronacharya. After being rejected by Drona, Ekalavya embarks upon a program of
self-study in the presence of a clay image of Drona. He achieves a level of skill
far superior to that of Arjuna, Drona's favorite and most accomplished pupil. Drona
eventually comes to know this and demands that Ekalavya turn over his right thumb
as a teacher's fee. The loyal Ekalavya cripples himself, thereby ruining his prospects
as an archer.
But despite his handicap, Eklavya continued to practice archery. How could he do
so? When one is dedicated, one can make even mountains bow. With practice, Eklavya
could shoot arrows with his index and middle finger and he became a greater archer
than he was ever before. His renown spread far and wide. When Drona came to know
this, he blessed the boy silently and begged for divine forgiveness. And true to
Drona's blessing, Eklavya is still praised as the most loyal and brave student in
the epic of Mahabharatha.