Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling

“Astonishing. . . . [Satyamurti’s Mahabharata] brings [the] previous alive . . . as if it have been a singular in finely crafted verse.”―Vinay Dharwadker

Originally composed nearly thousand years in the past, the Mahabharata tells the tale of a royal dynasty, descended from gods, whose feud over their nation leads to a devastating battle. however it includes even more than clash. An epic masterpiece of massive sweep and magisterial energy, “a hundred instances extra fascinating” than the Iliad and the Odyssey, writes Wendy Doniger within the advent, the Mahabharata is a undying paintings that conjures up an international of fable, ardour, and battle whereas exploring everlasting questions of responsibility, love, and religious freedom. A seminal Hindu textual content, along with the Bhagavad Gita, it's also essentially the most very important and influential works within the heritage of worldwide civilization.

Innovatively composed in clean verse instead of prose, Carole Satyamurti’s English retelling covers all eighteen books of the Mahabharata. This new edition masterfully captures the sweetness, pleasure, and profundity of the unique Sanskrit poem in addition to its superb structure and impressive scope.


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Krishna’s time on the earth is over; he and Balarama die. Arjuna escorts the voters of Dvaraka out of the town sooner than it really is engulfed by means of the ocean. His divine guns fail him. Vyasa advises the Pandavas to go away Hastinapura. XVII AND XVIII • THE BOOKS OF the ultimate trip AND THE ASCENT TO HEAVEN 60. the ultimate trip: Yudhishthira abdicates in desire of Parikshit. The Pandavas and Draupadi circumambulate the dominion and make for the Himalaya. one after the other, they fall useless and their spirits visit heaven, apart from Yudhishthira who enters heaven in his physique as a mark of his impressive advantage. In heaven his advantage is demonstrated. He sheds his earthly physique and is reunited with these he loves. Epilogue Ugrashravas has come to the tip of Vyasa’s epic poem. he's taking his depart from the wooded area ascetics, and is going on his approach. Afterword via Vinay Dharwadker: The Poetry of the Mahabharata Acknowledgments Genealogies feedback for extra interpreting word list in regards to the Authors FOREWORD The Mahabharata, a textual content for All Seasons1 WENDY DONIGER THE textual content: diversifications ON A subject THE Mahabharata is a textual content of approximately 75,000 verses—sometimes rounded off to 100,000—or 3 million phrases, a few fifteen occasions the mixed size of the Hebrew Bible and the hot testomony, or seven occasions the Iliad and the Odyssey mixed, and 100 occasions extra fascinating. extra fascinating either simply because its perspective to battle is extra conflicted and intricate than that of the Greek epics and since its perspective to divinity is extra conflicted and intricate than that of the Jewish and Christian scriptures. It resembles the Homeric epics in lots of methods (such because the subject matter of the nice struggle, the fashion of its poetry, and its heroic characters, numerous of them fathered through gods), yet not like the Homeric gods, a number of the Mahabharata gods have been then, and nonetheless are, worshiped and respected in holy texts, together with elements of the Mahabharata itself. It has remained crucial to Hindu tradition because it used to be first composed. it truly is hence “great” (Maha), as its identify claims, not just in dimension yet in scope. Hindus from the time of the composition of the Mahabharata to the current second recognize the characters within the texts simply as Christians and Jews and Muslims, no matter if they aren't non secular, be aware of Adam and Eve. To today, India is named the land of Bharata, and the Mahabharata capabilities very similar to a countrywide epic. the tale can have been advised in a few shape as early as 900 BCE; its resemblance to Persian, Scandinavian, Greek, and different Indo-European epic traditions means that the middle of the story might succeed in again to the time whilst those cultures had now not but dispersed, good ahead of 2000 BCE. however the Mahabharata didn't succeed in its current shape until eventually the interval from approximately three hundred BCE to three hundred CE—or part a millennium; it takes many years to compose 3 million phrases. The Mahabharata marks the transition from the corpus of Sanskrit texts referred to as shruti, the unalterable Vedic canon of texts (dated to probably 1500 BCE) that the seers “heard” from divine resources, to these often called smriti, the human culture, continually revised, the “remembered texts” of human authorship, texts that may be altered.

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