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The saintly Queen Kunti knew well that crisis evokes our sense of dependence on divine mercy. She endured assassination attempts, multiple plots to kill her sons, and then all-out war, and her prayers show that even the most extreme situations can be beneficial, since prayer unites us with God.

Queen Kunti is a major figure in the history of the ancient world. As mother of the warrior Arjuna—to whom Krishnaspoke the Bhagavad-gita—she appears again and again in historical epics such as the Mahabharata and Srimad-Bhagavatam as the saintly matriarch of a great dynasty torn apart by fratricidal war. Like many noble personalities of Vedic times, Kunti devi understood Krishna to be the Supreme Person, the cause of all causes, Who had appeared at that time as her nephew.

At the conclusion of the devastating battle of Kurukshetra, Queen Kunti approaches Krishna as He prepares to depart for his home city of Dwaraka. Kunti’s spontaneous glorification of Krishna and her description of the spiritual path consist of twenty-six couplets (Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto One, Chapter Eight, verses 18-43), and have been recited, chanted, and sung by sages and philosophers for thousands of years.

Teachings of Queen Kunti

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