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The place was the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

 

The war between the Kaurava and the Pandava clans ended with innumerable loss of human and animal lives and victory of the Pandavas.

 

Only male warrior from the Kaurava army who was still alive was Bhishma. He was lying in the deserted battlefield all alone, day and night, surrounded by vultures and canines, on a bed of sharply pointed arrows, evenly distributed under his body, tolerating constant pain, waiting for the arrival of the summer solstice, when he would give up his life so that he would not be born again.

 

Bhishma, when he was very young, had received a boon from his father Shantanu that he would die only when he would like to die.

 

Krishna, with five Pandava brothers visited Bhishma in the deserted battlefield with an intention to learn from him about military warfare, politics and economics, human values, religion etc. Bhishma was considered to be the most learned man of his time and Krishna suggested that Pandavas should learn from him so that the knowledge could be retained.

 

When Bhishma saw the five Pandava brothers with their forever friend Krishna, tears started coming out from his eyes.

 

Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers was surprised. “Why grandfather Bhisma, who is considered to be the wisest man of his time is crying, is he afraid of death”, he asked his best friend Krishna.

 

“Very unlikely, may be one of you should ask him”, Krishna replied.

 

“Yudhistir, the eldest among the five brothers, approached little bit closer to Bhishma and asked him the reason for his crying.

 

Bhishma, ignoring excruciating pain turned his head slightly towards Krishna and said, “Oh! Lord Krishna, you are always with my five good grandsons who are the epitome of righteousness, still every single day they suffered more than their one hundred, wicked cousins who are all dead now. I could never understand you my Lord.”

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