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THE MYSTERY OF THE MAHABHARATA: THE STORY AND ESSENCE OF THE EPIC


The idea of the Mahabharata as a picture of all systems of Philosophy and Religion, as the ancients understood them, occurred to me nearly eleven years ago, and I have come to the end of my task. The reader will now be in a position to judge for himself whether the Epic is a mere Story of mythical heroes and gods, or a historical or semi-historical account of princes and their wars, or else a picture-narrative of the conflict of great moral and spiritual forces of life eternally at play within and without us.

But, assuming that the Mahabharata is a great argument in regard to all systems of ancient Philosophy, what is its use to us today? We have had enough of Philosophy and Religion; modern life has enough problems of its own without adding to them the solution of the mystery of the Mahabharata; but if the Epic is really a sacred work, what is its contribution to modern life and modern thought?

This question has been put to me a number of times, and might be asked again. All research has a fascination of its own; but in these days of stress and strife we demand something useful from even archaeological finds and antiquarian inquiry and interpretation of inscriptions and texts. Nor does it interest the average man very much to know whether the five Pandava brothers were great heroes or else but five different parts of one Man personified, or Draupadi the wife of five men or a symbol of Sacrifice, or Krshna a man or god, who did or did not do certain doubtful deeds. The more earnest inquirer demands a solution to the problems of life as he sees them today, and neither Philosophy nor Religion, ancient or modern, has any use for him unless it can resolve his doubts and convince his reason in a warring world such as he sees around a mere re-interpretation of an ancient Epic, however correct or ingenious, is but an irrelevance to him if it has no bearing on the problems of modern life.

We expect, that after studying the material given on the various pages of our website listed below, you would be more aware and better prepared with respect to your life's plans and decisions you would take in this regard.

It is important to refer to the teachings of our ancestors, however when it comes to our real life and its experiences the visitor would be well advised to introspect and gain new insights from the world to make realistic decisions for the betterment of his or her own life. The visitor would realize that all this knowledge and information and more is available in the environment. He or she is required only to find it before making his or her decisions with respect to improving present life circumstances. We would like to bring to your attention that, we have segregated the content to our website into their relevant and various parts and can be access at Mimansa: The secret of the Sacred Books; Hindu Philosophy and Religion; The Bhagavad Gita; The Mystery of the Mahabharata; and The Mystery of the Mahabharata: Towards a better understanding. This endeavor of adding new and relevant to the context content would continue in the future.

TABLE OF CONTENT

Introduction Bhishma Parva: Bhishma's battle of ten days
Adi Parva: The birth of Heroes Drona Parva: Drona's battle of five days
The house of Lac Karna Parva: Karna's battle of two days
The marriage of Draupadi Salya Parva: The defeat of Kauravas
Three brides of Arjuna Sauptika Parva: The slaughter in sleep
The burning of Khandavan forest Stri Parva: The wail of Women
Sabha Parva: The assembly hall of Yudhisthira Santi Parva: The philosophy of Peace
The game of Dice Anusasana Parva: The science of the Soul
Vana Parva: In the forest Asvamedha Parva: The sacrifice of the Horse
The mission of Arjuna Asramavasika Parva: The death of Dhritarashtra
The pilgrimage of the Pandavas Mausala Parva: The passing of Krshna
The period of Probation Mahaprasthana Parva: The passing of the Pandavas
Virata Parva: In the kingdom of Virata Svargarohanika Parva: The ascent to Heaven
Udyoga Parva: Preparations for War The problem of the Mahabharata
The messengers of Peace The method of interpretation of the Mahabharata
The mission of Krshna The plan of the Mahabharata
The field of Battle The history of the Mahabharata
The Bhagavad Gita: An Introduction The essence of the epic: Adi Parva
Arjuna Vishada Yoga The essence of the epic: Sabha Parva
Sankhya Yoga The essence of the epic: Vana Parva
Karma Yoga The essence of the epic: Virata Parva
Jnana Karma Sanyasa Yoga The essence of the epic: Udyoga Parva
Sanyasa Yoga The essence of the epic: Bhishma Parva
Dhyana Yoga The essence of the epic: Drona Parva
Jnana Vijnana Yoga The essence of the epic: Karna Parva
Akshara Brahma Yoga The essence of the epic: Salya Parva
Raja Vidya Raja Guhya Yoga The essence of the epic: Sauptika Parva
Vibhuti Yoga The essence of the epic: Stri Parva
Visva Rupa Darshana Yoga The essence of the epic: Santi Parva and Anusasana Parva
Bhakti Yoga The essence of the epic: Asvamedha Parva
Ksetra Ksetrajna Vibhaga Yoga The essence of the epic: Asramavasika Parva
Guna Traya Vibhaga Yoga The essence of the epic: Mausala Parva
Purushottama Yoga The essence of the epic: Mahaprasthana Parva and Svargarohanika Parva
Daivasura Sampad Vibhaga Yoga Mimansa | Hindu Philosophy and Religion | The Bhagavad Gita |
Sraddha Traya Vibhaga Yoga The Mystery of the Mahabharata |
Sanyasa Yoga The Mystery of the Mahabharata: Towards a better understanding