Cikhandi in Mahabharata was an intentional one. Though a great warrior himself, he was content to be used as a shield for Arjuna to killBheeshma. The background story is very famous and it needs no repetition here.Cikhandi fulfilled his own life's ambition by being instrumental in the killing of a great warrior like Bheeshma. He was fully aware of the underlying reasons for his birth as Cikhandiand he was only living up to it in whatever that happened in the battlefield. It is possible that there are people who do this even now. Some of the noble souls in our midst are born with noble goals and they struggle to do exactly the same during their life time. In the twenty first century, we also find this true of fundamentalists who are willing to sacrifice their own lives for the sake of some ideology. Right or wrong, the belief is so very strong that even the prospect of acute physical pain does not deter such people from destroying themselves. Suicide bombing is a growing phenomenon with no antidote in sight.
There are people who are gullible and innocent enough to be tricked into situations, and they can be classified as the Innocent Cikhandis. It is not always true that such people are unintelligent. In the present day world, any of us can turn out to be one such Cikhandi if we are not careful. Conventional knowledge is not enough to escape from the tricksters in this highly competitive world. Scores of lottery scams on the net is a classic example of this. There are several highly qualified people who fall easy prey to the 'scamsters' and end up losing their entire savings in no time. It is their greed and desire that take them to their doom. Innocent Cikhandis end up as failures and it is rare to see them realising and recovering from making blunders. But the damage is limited to the individual or his own family at the worst.
|Almost all characters from our great epicMahabharata have the unique quality of being alive and around at all times. One of the most significant and symbolic among them is Cikhandi, the king of Kasi.
Quite contrary to the popular perception, Cikhandi was an outstanding warrior. In the 17thsloka of Chapter 1 of Bhagavad-Gita, while describing the line up on the Pandava side, Cikhandiis rated as a maharatha ('kasyas ca paramesvasah Cikhandi cha maharatha').The rating is meaningful when we learn that even Karna is ranked only as 'ardha-rathi'. ButCikhandi's calibre and bravery were of no use in the war. On the contrary, he was used by Pandavas (and Lord Krishna) is a negative way to killBheeshma. And by all indicationsCikhandi was happy too with all that happened. History repeats and we find so many Cikhandisin our midst today. Currently a syndrome, the tendency is bordering on a full fledged ideology and Cikhandism may soon evolve into an ism in the days to come.