सूर्य नारायण – अन्नदाता

छठ के पावन पर्व की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ ! क्यों छठ पर्व में भगवान सूर्य की पूजा की जाती है? सृष्टि के प्रारम्भकाल में जब प्राणी भूख से अत्यन्त व्याकुल हो रहे थे, तब भगवान सूर्य ने पिता की भाँति उन सब पर दया करके उत्तरायण में जाकर अपनी किरणों से पृथ्वी का रस ( जल […]

Maharathi Karna

Few characters in ancient literature have been painted with such consummate skill and insight into human nature as Maharathi Karna, a character which in the past has never been properly understood — has in fact been consistently misunderstood — though the epic has furnished us with details of his life with remarkable fullness, candor and […]

Rama and Yudhishthira on the same Path

Prelude Sources: Valmiki Ramayana and Mahabharata ⇒Translated by Desiraju Hanumanta Rao & K. M. K. Murthy and KMG + Bibek Debroy As Krishna said to Yudhisthira in the Vana Parva; धर्मः परः पाण्डव राज्यलाभा; त्तस्यार्थमाहुस्तप एव राजन् | सत्यार्जवाभ्यां चरता स्वधर्मं; जितस्तवायं च परश्च लोकः ||१६|| “O Pandava! Dharma is superior to winning the kingdom. O king! It is […]

The Mahabharat, Book 12: Shanti Parva

Post-War Parvas ================================ “Shanti” means “peace”. Peace generally follows after a war is over. But the “peace” as is referred here is not what we associated with general amity, armistice, and harmony. At the end of the war, and as described in the previous “Stri Parva (स्त्री पर्व)”, the inner peace of the soul of […]

Dharma Artha Kama and Moksha

Dharma Artha Kama and Moksha in reference to Mahabharata Pandavas punished and killed many enemy kings, in two cases on account of complains by rishis, on others variety of issues including also on requests from Dhritrashtra and Bheeshma. (Rishi complains come later but here Dhritrashtra and Bheeshma’s requests are noted.) The shelter of rule of […]