Mahabharata: The Myth of the Death of Bhisma, Drona, Karna, Duryodhana

Bhisma, Drona, and Karna share another common thing. The common blood! They have Bharadwaja-Angira blood and therefore Puru-blood running through their veins! We know Ashwathama and Kripa survived. If that indicates Bharadwaja-Gautama survival despite Vashishtha-Bhrigu-Kanva victory, the myths might well be the creation of Puru-vamshi affiliated poets! One evidence of this is the myth of Kripa’s (a gautama!) immortality! Kripa’s myth strains our imagination as he is said to have been the Acharya of even Janmejaya’s son! Another evidence is the myth of Ashwathama’s immortality and also his new avatar as the next Vyasa! The composition of Mahabharata was not always in Vashishtha or Bhrigu hand! If the composition period extends up to the Gupta period or even later, it is natural some powerful Bharadwaja-Gautama-Angira poets contributed to the corpus!

Krishna and the Peace Mission

It’s well known that Krishna tried for peace with Kouravas before the war. I would like to explain the real intention behind the peace mission of Krishna. There are lots of misconception around that. Krishna clearly defined his intention while going for negotiation in Hastinapur. This is based on Krishna’s discussion with Yudhisthira prior to […]

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 […]

Dharma Cycle

Who is Adharmik and who is Dharmik? Duryodhana had answered: जानामि धर्मं न च मे प्रावॄज्ञिल्त; | जानाम्यधर्मं न च मे निवॄज्ञिल्त;: || Draupadi had asked Duryodhana, what is the reason that in spite having many common things in between Kauravas and Pandavas – o Family o Same Grandfather Bheeshma and Veda Vyasa o Same […]

Dharma Cycle 1

In school, when we learned the Bhagvada Geeta and were asked to write essays (nibandha) on it, the first word in every essay, first word of Geeta was Dharma. Dharmakshetre Kurukshetre samaveda yuyutsava: mamaka pandavaschaiva kimakurvata Sanjaya Dhritrashtra’s first question? What did my sons do? But, he prefaces it with battle field as not Yuddha […]

Tree of Dharma Nara Purushartha Pratigya

Part 1 Tree of Dharma Part 1 Part 2 Tree of Dharma Sahodara Case Part 3 Tree of Dharma Freedom of Expression Part 4 Tree of Dharma Synonym and Antonyms The Nara Purushartha Pratigya Case Arjuna was the avatar of Nara. Arjuna is also represented as the Archer of the family. Actually, all five brothers were extraordinary archers. Bhima […]

Tree of Dharma Synonym and Antonyms

Part 1 –  Tree of Dharma Part 1 Part 2 – Tree of Dharma Sahodara Case Part 3 – Tree of Dharma Freedom of Expression The Synonym Antonym Case The Tree of Dharma is based on the Trunk called Bhima. Its branches are Arjuna. The flowers and their sweet smell are the twins. The roots are the […]