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Inspiring Tales from the Mahabharata

Inspiring Tales from the Mahabharata

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  • Dimensions:8.9' X 5.7'
  • Edition:1988
  • Author:Ram Lal Verma
  • Publisher:Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan
  • Cover Type:Hardcover
  • Number of Pages:184

  • From the Jacket :

    The philosophy contained in the Mahabharata has undoubtedly played an important role in galvanizing the leaders and the people during our freedom struggle. Leaders like Tilak, Vinoba, Gandhi took the struggle for right cause and made people to understand the philosophy behind the freedom struggle for Surajya as well as swarajya.

    The present book Inspiring Tales from the Mahabharata by an eminent scholar Dr. Ram Lal Verma contains 53 stories judiciously selected from the great epic, the Mahabharata. No doubt it can be enjoyable to students, equally relevant for more mature readers also because of its didactic content. The stories which contain moral codes and ethics illustrate about six enemies like anger, jealousy excessive pride, lust etc. as to how they could cause the downfall of human beings. By reading these stories one can certainly get some glimpses of the greatness of the great epic the Mahabharata – the ocean of stories.

    About the Author :

    Born in undivided India at N.W.F.P state Dera Ismile Khan, brought up by his mother who was a religious lady. Her teachings had great effect on him, received his elementary education in Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu.

    After partition of India he started his career as a sub-editor with Amar Ujala at Agra, also worked with Bharat Varsha and Sanmarg dailies.

    After taking his M.A. degree from Delhi University he joined Desha Bandhu College as a lecturer and served there for more than 35 years. In course of about 45 years of political life he served in various capacities. He was appointed as Executive Councilor in 1967 and elected as Member of Metropolitan Council in 1980 and 93. Attached with many social and religious institutions in Delhi, wrote 33 books on different topics related to art, religion, literature, culture, politics and Indian values.

    Introduction :

    The Mahabharata is our national epic. The scholars have termed it as an encyclopedia. The statement, whatever has been described here has happened in Bharata, denotes the vastness, the universality and the eternity of the epic. The composer of the epic is Vyasa, who was the son of Parasara and Satyavati. Parasara was a sage who inhabited in an island situated in river Kalindi and Satyavati was the daughter of the head of the fishermen.

    Though Hastinapura, Indraprastha, and Kuruksetra are the axles of the incidents in the Mahabharata, yet the whole rise and fall of the contemporary society such as pilgrimages, the religion, the philosophy, the tradition, the culture, the political strategies and human values are described in a very simple and lucid way.

    The sage, Vyasa has presented the then ideals that prevailed then and the social degradation without any inhibition.

    The author of Mahabharata is himself a witness to the contemporary events. He is also forefather of Kauravas. He is agonized by immoral and unethical conduct of the society of the society. He also knows his limitations. To resolve his real dilemma the author tries to show the correct and virtuous path to the whole nation through the charismatic personality of Sri Krisna. It was one of the most important contributions of Ved Vyas to his contemporary Indian Society.

    The dejected Maharsi laments:

    Raising my hand I am crying from the rooftop, but nobody listens. It is the only path of Dharma that makes man prosperous and content, in spite of it why the people are not following the righteous path of Dharma?

    In the battle ground Arjuna sees his revered teachers, elders, near and dear ones assembled to fight bloody war against each other. Overpowered with cowardice he tries to turn his back and leave the theatre of war. At this critical juncture it was Sri Krisna who persuaded Arjuna to perform his duty without any desire of new and any ill will towards anybody. This sermon of Gita proved a boon not only to Arjuna but to the whole humanity would over.

    I have attempted to pick-up some pearls from the world renounced ocean of Mahabharata. I express my most sincere gratitude and thank to Dr. Chhavi Sharma for rendering these tales into English.

    I am also grateful to Dr. K.K. Mishra, Director, of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, who offered this opportunity to publish this book from Sansthan.

    I feel really indebted to learned readers and critics who have always shown their magnality to me. I am sure they will once again show the same indulgence.

    Ram Lal Verma




      Foreword iii-iv
      Introduction v-iv
    1. Garuda – The ardent devotee of his mother 1
    2. Marriage – A means of ancestor's redemption 4
    3. The curse of a Sage's Son 7
    4. A yajna that remained incomplete 9
    5. No wed-lock with Guru's daughter 12
    6. Youth donated to father 15
    7. Punishment for the abduction of cow 18
    8. From Devavrata to Bhisma 21
    9. Severe punishment for a small offence 24
    10. Favouritism of the Guru 26
    11. Friendship of a kind and a poor 29
    12. Groom chosen out of a hunt 32
    13. Fortune smiled on Indraprastha 35
    14. The killing of Bakasura 38
    15. Perishing of brothers in lust 40
    16. Manu – The creator 43
    17. Not five but hundred and five 46
    18. Devils ward Duryodhana off suicide 50
    19. The hunger of Durvasa 53
    20. The Yaksa and Yudhisthira 56
    21. Taming the Vindhycala 60
    22. The Terrorist of Dvapara-age 63
    23. The Gambling 66
    24. Hundred Faults of Sisupala 72
    25. Arjuna's achievement of divine Arms 76
    26. The killing of Kicaka by Bhima 78
    27. The Downfall of Nahusa 82
    28. Karna's assurance to his mother 84
    29. Results of the war before its commencement 86
    30. Efforts to prevent the war of Mahabharata 88
    31. The reasons behind Karna's defeat 93
    32. Revenge of a woman 95
    33. Assassination of Drona 100
    34. The killing of Jayadratha 104
    35. Avenge for patricide 108
    36. The end of a villain 110
    37. The mother cursed by her son 113
    38. Gandhari's curse on Sri Krisna 117
    39. Advantages of procrastination 120
    40. Hostility towards a friend 123
    41. Expecting fire without fuel 126
    42. Punishment for the theft 128
    43. Evolution of Kingship 130
    44. The Saimala Tree and the Wind 133
    45. Redemption of the Vedas 135
    46. A guest is next to the God 137
    47. The waning of the moon 139
    48. Assassination of Kalayavana by Mucukunda 142
    49. Degradation due to jealousy 146
    50. Only an even eyed is wise 149
    51. End of the Yaduvansis 153
    52. As you sow, so you reap 156
    53 Duty is Devotion 159
      Appendix I 162
      Appendix II 168
      Appendix III 169

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