Story of Bhisma Pitamah who lived a painful life because of Vashishta’s curse

Bhishma is often considered as a great example of devotion and sacrifice. His name itself is an honour to him – Bhishma which means severe because he took a severe vow to remain celibate for life and Pitamah which means Grandfather. Bhishma was one of the greatest Bramhacharis of all time. Accumulation of Ojas due to his Bramhacharyam made him the strongest warrior of the era. He had stature and personality that in those times were fit for kings. He was a true Kshatriya as well as a disciplined ascetic – a rare combination. Like a true Kshatriya, he never unnecessarily exhibited passion and anger. A symbol of truth and duty, the benevolent Bhishma was in all senses a true human. It is unfortunate that a person as noble as Bhishma saw a life full of loneliness, frustration and sadness. But that was how Vashishta’s curse was supposed to unfold. Bhishma’s human birth was destined to be marked with suffering, and that was how his life transpired right till the last moment; even his death was very painful. But the strong as steel character which he possessed ensured that he never shied away from his duty, and never stopped loving those dear to him.

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