Arjuna or Karna – Who was the Greatest?

Let us not forget that we have seen Arjuna and Karna from their birth to death. Naturally, we have “different” Arjunas and Karnas here. Would any reader accept about him/herself that he/she has remained constant and static throughout his/her life? That, what he/she has been in her teen days, he/she has remained the same in her 20s or 30s or 40s or 50s…? Would any reader in his/her ripe days like to be judged by his/her action of green days?

The Birth of Mahabharata – Part 2

The Mahakavya of Krishna-Draupadi Read Previous Part – The Birth of Mahabharata – Part 1 Ideal King was not the mere Political King of Rashtra; in fact, King is the metaphor for the Atma (Soul) – the King of the Deha–Rashtra (Physical Body) or Self-Rashtra. And Purusha is never a gendered concept of Male. In fact, Purushais any Human Being without Ahamkara. At the Symbolic level, Vak-Sarasvati was the Goddess of Wisdom […]

The Birth of Mahabharata – Part 1

The Mahakavya of Krishna-Draupadi The mainstream Gotra Vashishthas of the GangaYamuna valley of that time viewed Parashara’s dalliance with the Nishada girl Satyavati as a scar to their Gotra pride; the Angiras particularly the Bharadvajas and Gautamas – the politically powerful Gotras of the time enjoying royal patronage of most of the ruling dynasties of Bharatavarsha – considered Parashara an outcaste Brahmin of the already objective-less Vashishthas. Vyasa […]

The Game of Dice – Prelude

After Rajsuya Yajna, Duryodhan decided to stay back for a while in Indraprastha along with Shakuni. He could not believe what he had seen during the short event of the Rajasuya yagya and wanted to fully ascertain the extent of Pandava wealth. He burned from envy of the Pandavas success. They had far exceeded him […]

Vedas, Brahmanas, Arayanakas, Upanishadas

The Prelude Part 0.2 Rgveda Shishyas Paila divided Rgveda into two samhitas and gave one each to Indra Pramati and Baskala. Indra Pramati is son/grandson of Ruru, step-grandson/great grandson of Veda Vyasa and is grandfather to Indrota Pramati who was the Asvamedha priest for Janamejaya. If the throne had passed to Devapi instead of Shantanu, […]

The Durvasa visit and Krishna – Part 3

Previous Parts: The Durvasa visit and Krishna The Durvasa visit and Krishna – Part 2 The Real Story of Durvasa visit (BORI) Hidden in the folds of Vana Mahaparva is VrihiDraunika Parva. Now, BORI does not have the story of Durvasa visit with Krishna elemental story. That is an obvious interpolation because Durvasa for all […]

The Durvasa visit and Krishna – Part 2

Previous Part – The Durvasa visit and Krishna Pro to Saivite-Vaishnav struggles There was a long period when Krishna competed with Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishthara and Draupadi for place in the hearts of folk. There was a period when the Hinduism was a true Polytheistic religion where many gods were worshipped and both epics gave us […]