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On the surface the Lord's role may not appear crucial in the unfolding of the storyline but this does not negate His importance. So one cannot dismiss something because it is not apparent. The portion of an iceberg, which remains below the water level, is more than what is seen on the surface and hence one has to take that into account while considering its size. Similarly Krishna's imperceptible role is considerable in relation to what one can glean from a cursory reading of the epic. The study of the Mahabharata would be incomplete without understanding the significance of each personality and event in it, said Swami Vidya Sagara Madhava Theertha in his discourse.
It is possible, for instance, to project Bheema as the "hero of action" if we take into consideration his prowess and valour as he was responsible for the death of the majority of the Kauravas in the battlefield. Just as an officer gets the credit for all the work and effort of his subordinates, so also Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandavas is projected as the hero among them and hailed as Dharmaraja for his allegiance to Dharma.
But there was an occasion when Bheema excelled him in action when a person approached Yudhishthira for help to perform a sacrifice. As it was late in the night he told him to come early next day. He turned to Bheema next who immediately removed the diamond bracelets he was wearing and gave them to him thereby exemplifying the truth that charity must be given without any delay because the mind being fickle there is every possibility of having second thoughts about one's decision.
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