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Krishna's finesse: p5




5. Machinations in the War:

There are many, many things that Krishna does on the battlefield, but most people are already aware of them. Quickly then, the highlights:

convince Arjuna to fight.
convince the Pandavas that Bhishma is slaughtering their armies and needs to fall
protect Arjuna from himself (the Abhimanyu/Jayadrath incident)
formulate and execute the plan to slay Drona (naro va kunjaro va)
tell the Pandavas how to counter Ashwatthama's multiple celestial weapons
Stop the Pandavas from infighting on multiple occasions
When Dhrishtadyumna chops off Drona's head, Arjuna sees red
When Karna defeats and humiliates Yudhisthir, Yudhisthir runs back to his tent. He blames Arjuna of incompetence in killing Karna with such vigor, that Arjuna pulls out Gandiva to kill Yudhishthir himself. Krishna cools things down.
Use Ghatotkach as a pawn to rid Karna of his celestial Shakti.
When Ghatotkach dies, the Pandava camp is in mourning. Not Krishna though. He dances in joy, claiming that "finally, Karna is surmountable"
convince Arjuna to kill Karna when he is unarmed and on foot
gesture Bhima to hit Duryodhana in the thigh, blatantly against the rules of mace battle.
stop Balaram from slaughtering Bhima on the spot for cheating.
Balaram is back from his pilgrimage in time to watch the battle between Duryodhana and Bhima. Krishna has to hold him in a bear hug when Bhima breaks Duryodhana's thigh.



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