Four Levels of Yudhishthira’s Wisdom

Yudhishthira’s Wisdom Four Levels

Yudhishthira’s Wisdom is an ancient story. Which is a part of Mahabharata, the Indian greatest epic. Or it simply says a journey of five brothers in the jungle.

Four levels of Yudhishthira’s Wisdom – literal comprehension, interpretation, critical thinking/ analysis, and assimilation are:

Literal Comprehension

The story ‘ Yudhishthira’s Wisdom ‘ has been taken from the greatest epic ‘Mahabharata’. Once upon a time, five Pandavas brothers were wandering in a forest to hunt a deer.

But the deer in their sight disappeared suddenly. In the min time, they felt tiredness grew thirsty & they were unable to move ahead. They set under a tree & Yudhishthira’s sent his eldest brother Sahadeva to search for water but he didn’t come for a long time.

He sent his entire brothers one after the other gradually. However, none of them returned for a long time. Therefore, ultimately Yudhishthira himself set out in search of his brother following their footprints. After a short walk, he notices a beautiful pool. On its bank, his four brothers were lying either unconscious or dead.

Although viewing the events he was in stream distress & sorrow. Then he bent to drink water from the pool but an unknown voice warned him. Not to drink water from the pool before answering his questions. After listening carefully Yudhishthira’s tactfully answered all questions of Yama (the god of justice & death).

His four brothers were prostrate on the ground due to their disobedience to the voice of Yama. His philosophical answers like the power of God, courage, mothers, giving up pride, loose anger & leaving desire. After listening to those answers God was pleased & became ready to revive one of his brothers.

Yudhishthira by utilizing his wisdom abandoned his selfishness & stepped. Or moral ground selecting his stepbrother Nakula for revival. Hence, the god delighted & highly appreciated his patience & truthfulness. And restored all his brothers’ lives by promising to help them in their future difficulties.


From the moral & religious point of view, the story of Yudhisthira’s wisdom holds tremendous significance. It has convinced a message that a moral, proud person acting as per the religious & moral principles can ultimately outstrip all the hurdles & difficulties of life & leave the life of a respected personality.

The story has presented Yudhishthira in this position. The story intends to teach the readers that human beings should have the power of endurance, wisdom, devotion & righteousness to achieve success in every walk of life. Whereas the person who doesn’t have these qualities suffers in life.

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Critical Thinking

As we analyze the story from the moral & religious point of view it’s appreciative & it sounds like a charming tale. But as critical thinkers, if we try to relate this story in the present context we come to notice that modern people don’t have much respect for morality & religion instead they are cheaply concerned with material prosperity & happiness.

Similarly, we can raise doubts over the existence of God in this materialistic world. Patience, right conduct, wisdom, devotion as well endurance are not always rewarded on this earth.

From earth’s perspective man without desire can never reach nor can we lose or anger as well as a man without love & emotion the life is of machines. Similarly, a man can not abandon pride & ambition because in their absence success will be a significant dream.

Hence, we disagree with the writer’s one event in which his four brothers are restored to life after their death which seems impossible in real life.


As I went to the story of Yudhishthira’s Wisdom carefully I came to realize the reality of life. The concept that the real happiness of life stands on the platform of right conduct, wisdom, patience, & devotion has changed my mode of thinking about several aspects of life.

I was never convinced before that all these qualities would be rewarded on this Earth. But now Yudhishthira’s brother’s restoration of life has wiped out all my illusion & my reversion to God has increased about an event.

I can crave some philosophical concepts in my subject’s interest. In total, the secrecy of being a great person in life on moral & religious grounds is vivid to my sofa.

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