Saturday, December 30, 2017

Overview: Dharma. Mahabharata.

Title: Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time.
Author: Krishna Dharma
Year: 2008

Comments. You can find out more about this contemporary translation of the Mahabharata and its author here: Krishna Dharma.

Free Online. Although it is not in the public domain, thanks to the generosity of the author and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the book is available for you to read for free. Find out more at the Freebookapalooza, or use the links, section by section, below.

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Bizzell Stacks. There is also a copy available for checkout from the regular Bizzell stacks: PR 9499.3 .K665 M34 2013 (click to see if it is checked out or not).

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Length: MANY weeks. You are already familiar with the basic plot of the Mahabharata from the first half of the semester, and this novelized version fills in lots of detail. LOTS of detail. I've divided the reading into sixteen parts, so you could use this for all the reading during the second half of the semester if you want, or you can select whatever specific part(s) are of interest to you.

Reading A
MBK: 1.1: Birth of the Kuru Elders
MBK: 1.2: Pāṇḍu Cursed and Blessed
MBK: 1.3: The Pāṇḍavas Come to Hastināpura
MBK: 1.4: Duryodhana Begins His Evil Schemes
MBK: 1.5: The Martial Exhibition
Reading B
MBK: 1.6: The Kauravas’ Hatred Grows
MBK: 1.7: The Pāṇḍavas Sent Away
MBK: 1.8: Ghaṭotkaca Born and Baka Slain
MBK: 1.9: The Gandharva Aṅgaraparna
MBK: 1.10: Draupadī’s Svayaṁvara

Reading C
MBK: 1.11: The Pāṇḍavas Wed Draupadī
MBK: 1.12: Dhṛtarāṣṭra Gives Half the Kingdom
MBK: 1.13: Arjuna’s Pilgrimage
MBK: 1.14: Burning the Khāṇḍava Forest
MBK: 1.15: The Celestial Hall
MBK: 1.16: Mighty Jarāsandha
Reading D
MBK: 1.17: The Rājasūya Sacrifice
MBK: 1.18: Duryodhana’s Envy
MBK: 1.19: The Dice Game
MBK: 1.20: Draupadī Dragged to the Assembly
MBK: 1.21: The Pāṇḍavas Exiled

Reading E
MBK: 1.22: Into the Forest
MBK: 1.23: Dhṛtarāṣṭra’s Anxiety
MBK: 1.24: Yudhiṣṭhira’s Moral Instructions
MBK: 1.25: Arjuna Goes to Heaven
MBK: 1.26: To Badarīkā Ashram
Reading F
MBK: 1.27: Bhīma Meets Hanumān
MBK: 1.28: Kuvera Offended
MBK: 1.29: Arjuna Returns
MBK: 1.30: Kṛṣṇa Visits the Pāṇḍavas
MBK: 1.31: The Fight with the Gandharvas
MBK: 1.32: Sage Durvāsā

Reading G
MBK: 1.33: Jayadratha Kidnaps Draupadī
MBK: 1.34: The Lake of Death
MBK: 1.35: Into Virata
MBK: 1.36: Draupadī Again Insulted
MBK: 1.37: The Kurus Attack Virata
Reading H
MBK: 1.38: Arjuna Encounters the Kurus
MBK: 1.39: The Battle at Virata
MBK: 1.40: Out of Exile
MBK: 1.41: The Kings Choose Sides
MBK: 1.42: Dhṛtarāṣṭra’s Message

Reading I
MBK: 1.43: Anxiety for the Blind King
MBK: 1.44: Panic Among the Kauravas
MBK: 1.45: The Pāṇḍavas Consult Kṛṣṇa
MBK: 1.46: Kṛṣṇa’s Peace Mission
Reading J
MBK: 1.47: Duryodhana’s Obstinacy
MBK: 1.48: To Kurukṣetra
MBK: 2.1: The Armies Prepare
MBK: 2.2: Śikhaṇḍī’s Destiny
MBK: 2.3: Into Position

Reading K
MBK: 2.4: The Bhagavad-gītā
MBK: 2.5: The War Begins
MBK: 2.6: Yudhiṣṭhira’s Fear
MBK: 2.7: Bhīṣma Wreaks Havoc
MBK: 2.8: The Rākṣasas Show Their Power
MBK: 2.9: Bhīṣma’s Vow
Reading L
MBK: 2.10: Kṛṣṇa Protects His Devotee
MBK: 2.11: Yudhiṣṭhira Approaches Bhīṣma
MBK: 2.12: The Fall of Bhīṣma
MBK: 2.13: Droṇa in Command
MBK: 2.14: “Yudhiṣṭhira Will Be Captured”
MBK: 2.15: Abhimanyu’s Incomparable Power
MBK: 2.16: Arjuna’s Great Vow

Reading M
MBK: 2.17: Arjuna Slaughters the Kauravas
MBK: 2.18: Kṛṣṇa’s Mystic Power
MBK: 2.19: The Kauravas Rally
MBK: 2.20: The Night Battle
Reading N
MBK: 2.21: Dṛṣṭadyumna Encounters Droṇa
MBK: 2.22: The Nārāyaṇa Weapon
MBK: 2.23: Karṇa in Command
MBK: 2.24: Karṇa’s Prowess
MBK: 2.25: Arjuna Encounters Karṇa

Reading O
MBK: 2.26: Śalya Leads the Kauravas
MBK: 2.27: Bhīma Fights Duryodhana
MBK: 2.28: Massacre by Night
MBK: 2.29: Aśvatthāmā Punished
MBK: 2.30: Yudhiṣṭhira’s Sorrow
Reading P
MBK: 2.31: Bhīṣma’s Instructions
MBK: 2.32: Kṛṣṇa Returns to Dwārakā
MBK: 2.33: Yudhiṣṭhira’s Ashvamedha Sacrifice
MBK: 2.34: Vidura Instructs Dhṛtarāṣṭra
MBK: 2.35: The Pāṇḍavas Retire

The following are appendices to the book; they are not part of any weekly reading option but you might find them useful for your research or just for your own reading pleasure!

Appendix 1: Karṇa’s Birth
Appendix 2: Karṇa Cursed
Appendix 3: Bhīṣma’s Heavenly Origin
Appendix 4: Questions Posed by Dharma to Yudhiṣṭhira
Appendix 5: Brief Biographies of Main Characters
Author’s Note

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