The Big Questions by Om Swami published on 2013/12/02 18:37:09 +0000 In Mahabharata, towards the end of Pandavas' exile, they are approached by a Brahmin who tells them that his sticks for his yagya have been stuck on a deer's horns, who has run away and he requires those sticks to do his yagya. At first the Pandavas think that if they go out, they might be spotted and would have to go back into exile but in line with their dharma and their duty, they chase after the deer. Eventually they get tired and thirsty and at a distance they see a pond of water. Each of the Pandavas goes to the pond one by one and as soon as they are about to drink the water, they hear an invisible voice which says that this pond belongs to me. First, you will have to answer certain questions before you are allowed to drink water from this pond. In their ego, Nakula, Sahadeva, Arjuna and Bhima refuse to answer the questions and they die after drinking the water. A while later, Yudhisthira goes to the pond looking for his brothers and is devastated to see his brothers dead. He hears the same invisible voice saying that I am the Yaksha of this pond and you have to answer certain questions before you drink water. Yudhisthira, in line with his dharma, agrees to answer those questions. What is happiness? What is the real knowledge? Does a man always have a friend? Which is the path? Listen to this spellbinding discourse by Om Swami explaining the answers to the big questions we all come across in our lives.