Matsya Vedh (Piercing Fish eye) competition.

Mahabharata does has the earliest mentions of Yoga, but the emphasis is not on postural Yoga what is practiced in USA and Europe today. The emphasis was always on Dhyan or Dhyana.

During the grooming years of Arjuna under Guru Dhronacharya the fighting skills were incomplete if the warrior had no lessons in Dhyana. So did Arjuna first and foremost mastered the art of Dhyana before even learning to fight with swords or bow and arrows.

Dhyana was always the most important aspect of Yoga until last 100 years when the west completely twisted and corrupted the teachings of Yoga and made Yoga more like a fitness workout.

An epic narration of the war between Pandavas and Kauravas, Mahabharata has given us enough lessons about life which is applicable in today’s time as well.

Known to the world as one of the best warriors of his time, Arjuna is considered the most influential of all the Pandavas. His excellent battle skills combined with sharp thinking made him a force to reckon with.

Guru Dronacharya who mastered the skill of military arts was responsible for teaching both the Kauravas and Pandavas the art of warfare. Many, including Duryodhana, accused him of favouring Arjuna. However, this story gives perspective as to why Dronacharya thought there was no warrior quite like Arjuna.

Once, Dronacharya overheard Duryodhana accusing him of favouring Arjuna and ignoring the rest. To prove him wrong, Dronacharya placed a wooden bird on a branch and decided to put everyone through a simple test.

He gathered all his subjects and asked them to strike the eye of the wooden bird. But before letting them set their arrows loose, he asked each one of them a question.

He first called and asked Yudhisthir, the eldest of the lot: ” What do you see there?” To which Yudhishthir replied, “I see a wooden bird, the branch and the tree, the leaves moving and other birds.”

Everyone else who followed also mentioned the same elements: tree, branch, bird, leaves etc. and Dronacharya asked them all to lay down their bow & arrow. When it was Arjuna’s turn, he confidently stated:

“I can only see the eye of the bird.”
Dronacharya smiled for he had been proven right. Everyone else had set their eyes on everything but Arjuna had set his eyes on his goal, the eye of the bird.

The moral is that Arjuna always set his priorities right.

Therefore, when Arjuna entered the Matsya Vedh (Piercing Fish eye) competition, to win the hand of the Princess Draupadi as his wife. He was easily able to shoot the arrow in the fish eye.

A night before the day of Matsya Vedh (Piercing Fish eye) competition, Krishna and Arjuna are conversing.

Krishna says, “Arjuna, take care, put your step forward and concentrate on the eye of the fish”.

Arjuna says, “If I have to do everything, then what will you do?”

Krishna in a very soft tone tells him, “What you can’t do, I will do”.

Arjuna asks, “And what is it that I can’t do?”

Krishna answers, “I will keep the water steady…”

Now when we look it this through spiritually. Who was Krishna? Di he really assist Arjuna during the competition?
No!!! physically Krishna didn’t. Spiritually Arjuna allowed his dhyan to allow Krishna ( or his ownself ) to stay still in the water without hesitation.