The Mahabharatha has wonderful stories about Acharya (teacher) and Sishya (disciple/student) relationship. One such unique relationship is between Arjuna and Dronacharya. In these series of posts we will see the qualities that Arjuna possessed that made him the greatest student of those times. The Pandavas and Kauravas were staying at the ashrama of Dronacharya to learn various skills.
Arjuna was known as Gudakesha- the one who has conquered the darkness of sleep.
With his immense skills, Arjuna emerged to be the most favorite disciple of Dronacharya. Dronacharya had very high regards for Arjuna but next only to his son Aswathama. At the ashram, Dronacharya had informed his cook not to serve food to Arjuna in the dark. One day it so happened that while Arjuna was having his food, the lamp was extinguished due the strong winds. Arjuna continued eating without effort. Suddenly realising that the hand went to the mouth even without the presence of light, Arjuna ran into the darkness to practice with his bow and arrow. He shot arrows in the dark that hit the target effortlessly. Looking at Arjuna’s dedication, Dronacharya was moved and holding Arjuna’s hands, he promised that he would make Arjuna an archer whom no one can match. Thereafter, Arjuna practiced day and night, completely focussed on mastering archery.
A good sense of purpose, a strong will and lack of lethargy can take students to great heights.