There are three great characters in the Mahabharata. All the other characters are just by-products of these three characters. Duryodhana, Arjuna, and Krishna are these three main and great characters. To me, Duryodhana represents the Unconscious. He is a metaphor for the Unconscious. Arjuna represents the Conscious. He is a metaphor for the Conscious. And Krishna represents the Supreme Conscious. He is a metaphor for the Supreme Conscious. He is representing the Supreme Consciousness. When the ray of the Supreme Consciousness passes through the prism of the mind, the prism of the mind manifests the Supreme Consciousness, as the Consciousness and the Unconsciousness.
Duryodhana is a symbol for an unconscious action. He represents a blind action. He represents a devilish desire of an action. He represents an impure action. He is a symbol for an imperfect action. Arjuna is a symbol for a conscious action. He is a symbol for a perfecting action. He is continuously perfecting his actions. He is continuously evolving under the directions of Krishna. And Krishna is a symbol for an action that is emerging from the experience of the Supreme Consciousness. He is a symbol for a perfection in an action. He stands for an Enlightened Action. There is a result of all these actions. And the result is not in our hands. And what is there in our hands is the type of the action and the quality of the action. This is what we can choose. This is what we can chase. And this is what we can change. And the rest all is in the hands of the divine.