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Stories From the Mahabharata by Swami Sivananda

Stories From the Mahabharata by Swami Sivananda

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This eplc is held in great reverence and esteem by
the millions of Hindus and is generally known as the fifth
Veda, for it contains the Gita, acknowledgment of a belief
in which as 'the Scripture'is the hallmark of every true
Hindu. For thousands of years and even today, the
Hindu prefaces his worship, his ceremonies and his
celebrations with the announcement that he is a dweller
in the land of Bharatauarsha and Bharatakhanda
The epic contains the life history of the Bharatag for
more than four generations beginning with Santanu
onwards to Parikshit and Janamejaya and commonly
known as 'Pandavas' and 'Kauravas.' It includes the
biographies and episodes of various other important
people connected with the Bharatas besides folk-tales,
legends and moral stories innumerable. Many great
heroes and heroines take part in it-from Bhishma who
took the vow of celibacy for the sake of his father, to
Karna who gave up everything, even his life-protecting
Kauacha and Kundalas for charity, from Gandhari who
covered up her eyes because her husband was blind, to
Draupadi, the delicately nurtured princess, who followed
her husbands to exile in the forest voluntarily, to Savitri
and Damayanti who recovered their husbands from
death and dishonour through the power of their supreme
chastity. Every stratum of society-kings, peasants and
beggars, saints, villains and sinners and other
characters of every shade and variety-plays its part in
this epic. Yudhishthira, Arjuna, .Drona, Asvatthama,
Kripa and others are too well-known to need mention
here. So much so that every kind of complicated
situation in life comes up for issue and is resolved in tune
with the best Hindu ideals of Satya and Dharma (Truth
and Righteousness). In the midst of all these, the ever
glorious Sri Krishna Paramatma moves majestically
holding the life-line in His hands and with His
(e)
master-key, the Gita, opens up every moral and spiritual
problem that can possibly arise in human life. To every
man born of woman, of whatever caste or creed, of
whatever age or clime, the only prayer, if it were possible
for formulation definitely, cannot be better expressed
than in the words of our oldest Upanishad and there
cannot be a more satisfying and better answer to this
prayer than our epic (Mahabharata), bestowed on us by
the Almighty in His boundless love for all beings.
sTsd qT sflErq I
dqfrqrdfrrtTq t
TdqtsTi,rm tt
From unreal, lead me to the Real;
From darkness, lead me to the Light;
From death, lead me to Immortality.
(Bihadarang aka Upanbhad: I -3-3 8.,
The facile pen of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj has
issued an unending series of books and pamphlets on
spiritual and religious matters; and there has been such
wafin and welcome response of appreciation from the
beginning that he has continued in this service with
great pleasure. The impact of Western civilisation, ideas
and ideals, though providing us with great comforts and
conveniences, has created false standards of easy
conscience and morality and our young men and women,
especially after the advent of cinemas and talkies with
their vivid and expressive pictures, have been misguided
and corrupted. It has given our Gurudev pain of mind to
see our youth going down the smooth and pleasant path
of vice and easy virtue. Against this spread of vice,
Swamiji Maharaj has ever been waging war relentlessly
with great zeal and devotion; and he has no doubt
become a great moral force among us and nothing has
given him greater happiness than their grateful
acknowledgments.
Numerous branches of "The Divine Life Society"
have been formed all over the country under his aegis
(10)
and even in distant places as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South
Africa, Europe, Australia and America. The sole end and
aim of his life had ever been to serve humanity and guide
them in the right path, both morally and spiritually, as
far as it lay in his powers. His Ashram at Rishikesh is at
This eplc is held in great reverence and esteem by
the millions of Hindus and is generally known as the fifth
Veda, for it contains the Gita, acknowledgment of a belief
in which as 'the Scripture'is the hallmark of every true
Hindu. For thousands of years and even today, the
Hindu prefaces his worship, his ceremonies and his
celebrations with the announcement that he is a dweller
in the land of Bharatauarsha and Bharatakhanda
The epic contains the life history of the Bharatag for
more than four generations beginning with Santanu
onwards to Parikshit and Janamejaya and commonly
known as 'Pandavas' and 'Kauravas.' It includes the
biographies and episodes of various other important
people connected with the Bharatas besides folk-tales,
legends and moral stories innumerable. Many great
heroes and heroines take part in it-from Bhishma who
took the vow of celibacy for the sake of his father, to
Karna who gave up everything, even his life-protecting
Kauacha and Kundalas for charity, from Gandhari who
covered up her eyes because her husband was blind, to
Draupadi, the delicately nurtured princess, who followed
her husbands to exile in the forest voluntarily, to Savitri
and Damayanti who recovered their husbands from
death and dishonour through the power of their supreme
chastity. Every stratum of society-kings, peasants and
beggars, saints, villains and sinners and other
characters of every shade and variety-plays its part in
this epic. Yudhishthira, Arjuna, .Drona, Asvatthama,
Kripa and others are too well-known to need mention
here. So much so that every kind of complicated
situation in life comes up for issue and is resolved in tune
with the best Hindu ideals of Satya and Dharma (Truth
and Righteousness). In the midst of all these, the ever
glorious Sri Krishna Paramatma moves majestically
holding the life-line in His hands and with His
(e)
master-key, the Gita, opens up every moral and spiritual
problem that can possibly arise in human life. To every
man born of woman, of whatever caste or creed, of
whatever age or clime, the only prayer, if it were possible
for formulation definitely, cannot be better expressed
than in the words of our oldest Upanishad and there
cannot be a more satisfying and better answer to this
prayer than our epic (Mahabharata), bestowed on us by
the Almighty in His boundless love for all beings.
sTsd qT sflErq I
dqfrqrdfrrtTq t
TdqtsTi,rm tt
From unreal, lead me to the Real;
From darkness, lead me to the Light;
From death, lead me to Immortality.
(Bihadarang aka Upanbhad: I -3-3 8.,
The facile pen of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj has
issued an unending series of books and pamphlets on
spiritual and religious matters; and there has been such
wafin and welcome response of appreciation from the
beginning that he has continued in this service with
great pleasure. The impact of Western civilisation, ideas
and ideals, though providing us with great comforts and
conveniences, has created false standards of easy
conscience and morality and our young men and women,
especially after the advent of cinemas and talkies with
their vivid and expressive pictures, have been misguided
and corrupted. It has given our Gurudev pain of mind to
see our youth going down the smooth and pleasant path
of vice and easy virtue. Against this spread of vice,
Swamiji Maharaj has ever been waging war relentlessly
with great zeal and devotion; and he has no doubt
become a great moral force among us and nothing has
given him greater happiness than their grateful
acknowledgments.
Numerous branches of "The Divine Life Society"
have been formed all over the country under his aegis
(10)
and even in distant places as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South
Africa, Europe, Australia and America. The sole end and
aim of his life had ever been to serve humanity and guide
them in the right path, both morally and spiritually, as
far as it lay in his powers. His Ashram at Rishikesh is at

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