A couple of posts ago I wrote about the Mahabharata War and how the tensions originated w/ Duryodhana’s ego being damaged by Draupadi laughing at him. The story being, at its basest level, a story about the conflict within which leads to delusion. In that context, Duryodhana, as I said, represents “material desire.” Draupadi represents spiritual power born from dispassion.
At the outset of the War, Karna is fighting on the side of Duryodhana, the Kauravas. But in the course of the story it is revealed that Karna is a brother to the five Pandavas. Interestingly the name Karna represents “Material attraction and attachment.”
I have taken all of these definitions from Paramahansa Yogananda’s “The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita.”
Karna is the sixth Pandava brother. Karna (material attraction and attachment” is placed amongst the Pandavas when their nemesis, Duryodhana represented “material desire” which is almost the same thing. So it would appear that in the battle that rages within, material desire/attraction/attachment is a bit of what is referred to in modern Western vernacular as a “frienemy”, or a friend that can also be an enemy at times.
Except that all of this is revealed after the Kaurava empire has fallen and been taken over by the Pandavas. It is at this point in the Battle for the Great Within, when Fort Attachment has been rent asunder. It’s power is now on the side of the Pandavas. Therefore, it is also at this point when desires become free from the pull of ego attachment. It’s power and strength works solely for our betterment now.
That is my interpretation.
Jai Hari Aum
Prabhu Ki Jaya!