“Ashwatthama was dead”

Lord Krishna knew that it was not possible to defeat Dronacharya when he had bow and arrow in his hands. Krishna also knew that Dronacharya loved his son Ashwatthama very dearly. So, Krishna suggested Yudhishthira and other Pandava brothers that, if he were convinced that his son was killed on the battlefield, then Dronacharya would be desolate and would disarm himself in grief.


Lord Krishna suggested that Bhima kills an elephant by name Ashwatthama and claim to Dronacharya that he has killed Dronacharya’s son Ashwatthama. After killing the elephant as suggested, Bhima loudly proclaimed that he had killed Ashwatthama. Dronacharya however, did not believe Bhīma’s words and approached Yudhishthira. Drona knew of Yudhishthira’s firm adherence to Dharma and that he would never utter a lie. When Dronacharya approached Yudhishthira and questioned him as to whether his son was dead, Yudhishthira responded with the cryptic ‘Ashwatthama is dead. But it is an elephant and not your son’. Krishna also knew that it was not possible for Yudhishthira to lie outright. On his instructions, the other warriors blew trumpets and conches, raising a tumultuous noise in such a way that Dronacharya only heard that “Ashwatthama was dead”, but could not hear the latter part of Yudhishthira’s reply.

Out of grief, and believing his son to be dead, Dronacharya descended from his chariot, laid down his arms and sat in meditation. Closing his eyes, his soul went to Heaven by astral travel in search of Ashwatthama’s soul. Dhṛiṣhṭādyumna took this opportunity and beheaded the unarmed Dronacharya.

Correlating this story with a Real Life

As a sales personal, you are always under pressure to generate more and more revenue for the company by selling the product to the clients. I think you need to act as Lord Krishna as your dharma tells you to get more wins for your business. You are not lying but making sure that your side wins.

Someone may question that’s not ethical, but the hard truth is you are evaluated based on the how many success stories you have under your belt.

If the customer is informed and ask’s you the relevant question you don’t lie then..now that would be unethical if you lie then. If you listen to the ads of a ULIP, just imagine if the sales personal tells u upfront that out of your Rs.10000 yearly premium we would invest only Rs. 6000 in the market and the rest is our fees, would you take it?

It does not mean that ULIP is not good and does not yield good returns; they always talk about return on investment so that profits would come on 6000, not on 10000. If you understand ULIP plans in India and the first question that you ask is what is the fund management fees for the first year and the 2nd year and give me the prospectus that states it he can’t lie.



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