Drona had developed a special
affection towards Arjuna. He was pleased at the extraordinary interest Arjuna evinced in
There was a king named Drupada who also had learnt archery with Drona. He had learnt
archery with Drona. He had promised Drona that would help him when he assumed throne. But
later when the poor Dronacharya went to see, him, the king dismissed him saying 'Do you
think a king can keep friendship with a wretched person like you?'
Dronacharya was enraged and retorted: 'remember this! Some day one of my disciple will
bring you to me bound like a slave!' Since then, this one thought was constantly nagging
in the Acharya's mind.
Drona called in his disciples and told them- "Sons, I am fulfilling the onerous
responsibility of training you. I am sure all of you will meet with expected success. I
have a desire to be fulfilled. You should accomplish it after your training is completed.
Will you promise?'
The princes stood in silence before their tutor listening to his words. After a while,
Arjuna felt that it was not proper for them not to respond to their Master. Should they
remain silent at Drona's plea? Were they cowards? Rushing forward, Arjuna said: "0
Master, should youre asking us thus? Your word is law to us. Whatever may be your
wish, I shall fulfil it."
Dronacharya felt happy to discover a pupil of his heart's desire. His affection flowed
forth towards Arjuna, 'I will train you to be unmatched in the world', and he promised
Another incident. Once when Drona and the princes were having their dinner, the light
was suddenly extinguished by a drought of wind. The darknessencouraged Arjuna to ponder
thus: 'now, in this darkness, our eyes cannot spot our hands or mouth. And yet the hand
with food is correctly moving towards the mouth. This is the result of our practice. So,
if we have thorough practice, even in darkness we can hit our target.' No sooner was the
meal over, than he rushed out, and startedtarget practice in the dark.
Drona was pleased with his dedication.