No matter a person acquires great power, strength and skill, what is important that whether he has achieved life lessons of truth, humility, honesty and courage to keep those strength and skills going. It often can be seen sometimes that even great warriors also sometimes succumb to a bit of self- pride and becomes proud of their skill. But, a true warrior is guided back to the right path through divine intervention who teaches the warrior what humility is all about. One such intervention as needed by Shri Krishna and Shri Hanuman when the warrior Pandav Arjun needed an enlightment about what is humility all about.
During one of his trips to Dwaraka, one day Shri Krishna and Arjun were discussing various warriors and their greatness. When Arjun asked Shri Krishna as to what was the most difficult task achieved by a warrior, Shri Krishna answers that it was the building of the Ram Setu by the Vanar warriors and there was none of them who could surpass that feat. But Arjun in a mood of self-pride mentioned to Shri Krishna that the Ram Setu was nothing but a pile of stones, and he could build a better one than the Ram Setu with his arrows. Shri Krishna immediately asks him to do so.
They both reach the ocean and Arjun starts building the bridge with the arrows. At the same time, an old monkey comes there and with an air of curiosity asks them what they were up to. Arjun proudly replies that he was building a bridge which would be more powerful than the Ram Setu. At this, the old monkey starts laughing loudly at this and says that it was an impossible task. Arjun gets furious and says that the monkey could test it for himself once it was done to which the monkey agrees.
Arjun finishes the bridge and asks the monkey to check its strength. The old monkey goes near and presses the bridge with its finger and the bridge collapses. Arjun is shocked, but without accepting defeat builds another bridge with more arrows. The monkey steps on it and only walks a little distance, when the bridge collapses. Even after many futile attempts, Arjun’s arrows are unable to build a bridge which is strong enough to hold the old monkey’s weight.
Shri Krishna who was watching all this silently comes and asks Arjun that if his arrows could not bear the weight of one single monkey, then how it could be more powerful as the Ram Setu on which millions of monkey warriors with great strength marched to Lanka. With this, Arjun realises the strength of the Vanar warriors and repents on his pride. He goes to the old monkey and asks for its forgiveness, when the monkey reveals it’s true from as Shri Hanuman.
Shri Hanuman blesses Arjun and said that he could not bear the insult of Shri Ram and hence decided to make Arjun understand the power of Shri Ram in this way.
Shri Krishna then mentions that a true warrior is always humble and never boasts of his strength. Shri Hanuman also mentions to him that Arjun’s real power lied in the blessings of Shri Krishna and it was because of his benevolence that Arjun had got his immense strength. With the blessings of Shri Krishna and Shri Hanuman, Arjun learns a life lesson that humility increases one’s strength whereas pride lets down the strength.