Guru Disciple Relationship: Respect for Guru

                                                                  Q. Since Dronacharya refused to teach martial arts to Ekalavya, therefore Ekalavya was left with no choice but to learn himself. Why was it wrong?

                                                                  Having approached Drona for instructions, Ekalavya should have deferred to his decision. When a qualified preceptor offers an assessment or order, however unpalatable or contrary to one's expectations it may be, one should be willing to honor it whole-heartedly: that is real respect. By doing so, in a mood of absolute respect, Ekalavya could have easily won the favor of Drona.

                                                                  You said, "By this prideful and independent-minded spirit, he actually proved that Drona's assessment was correct: Ekalavya was unfit to receive ksatriya training."