When Karna took aim with the Nagastra, Takshak came out of the astra and asked Karna to take a lower aim. But Karna refused saying a true warrior doesn't change his aim.
that was what i meant dear . He had the full opportunity , he CHOSE not to . Also if Arjun had no danger from him and full guarantee of winning there was no need to
shoot him when he was out
blackmail him on the eve of war and try and try to get him to defect
take promises from HIM that the legitimate sons would be spared[ Kunti..no promises were taken from the legitimate sons]
his kavach kundalas were taken away strategically
sacrficing Ghatotkacha ...Bheema's sn was sacrificed to protect Bheema's brother
Promise was taken from Shalya by Yudhishtir to demoralize Karna with taunts while charioting him ...infact the wrong aim of the Nagastra is due to these taunts where he got tired and bugged
these things were done . Fact . He was killed when defenceless . Fact . I am not taliking of the justification of it as he did same with Abhimanyu ...i have other views on the Abhimanyu episode , i am merely telling of facts .
As i see it , Arjun was protected from him and if Arjun could easily defeat him each time , going to these lengths was unnecesary . But these lengths were exercised .
As far as Bheem is concerned , to my knowledge , he and Karna had a tough fight and he knocked Karna unconscious but Karna bounced back and killed his charioteer and if i am not mistaken deprived him of his chariot . I may be wrong here as my memory fails me now as i read it quite some time ago , but Karna cut his bow too and the Kauravas meanwhile rushed to his aid ...but that happened in a war .Arjun has rushed to Nakul's aid in the Vrishasen fight and many many times .
Bheem was a good archer too , not many know that . I agree that this Mahabharat has overshadowed him by promoting Arjun as the maha nayak . He was as powerful as or even slightly more than Arjun in war .
After the killing of Karna , Shalya has rebuked Arjun ...and it must be noticed that Shalya was no friend of Karna . Infact Shalya has refused to get down and take the wheel out of the mud , and he thought it was beneath him to chariot a Suta . He did it coz Duryodhan almost cried .
I believe as i read that there definetely was strong danger to Arjun from Karna . All the dangers to Arjun were eliminated ...Eklavya , Karna etc and a good deal of manipulation was often used to ensure his victories or superiority in archery .
But i have an opinion that Arjun was a good , mighty archer and absolutely fit for self realisation . Same way i think that Karna was indeed a formidable foe and gave them a tough fight .
Edited by koolsadhu1000 - 27 November 2013 at 4:13am