Intended to be a treatise on life itself, this epic poem embraces religion and ethics, polity and government, philosophy and the pursuit of salvation. This collection of more than 4,000 verses is supplemented by a glossary, genealogical tables, and an index correlating the verses with the original Sanskrit text.
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Abhimanyu anger Arjuna arms army array arrows asked assembly Asvatthama Balarama battle beautiful Bharata Bhisma Bhurisravas born Brahmanas Brhannada brothers celestial charioteer commander daughter death defeated desire Dhrstadyumna dice Draupadi Drona Drupada Duhsasana Duryo Duryodhana earth elephant enemies epic father fight foremost forest Gaiiga Gandhari Gandharvas Ghatotkaca grief Hastinapura head hearing heaven heroes heroic high-souled holy horses Ihdra illustrious Indra Janamejaya Jayadratha Karna Kauravas Kicaka killed King Dhrtarastra King Drupada King Yudhisthira kingdom Krpa Krsna Krtavarma Ksatriya Kuhti Kunti Kurus lady mace Madri Meanwhile mighty car-warriors Nakula name for Krsna Paiicala Pancalas Pandavas Pandu Parasurama Parva peace preceptor prince princess raksasa replied rites royal sacrifice sage Sahadeva Sahtanu Sakuni Salya Sanjaya Satyaki Satyavati saying shafts Sikhandi Siva slain slay sons of Dhrtarastra sons of Pandu sthira Subhadra Sudesna Surya terrible Thereupon Uttara Vicitravirya victory Vidura Virata Vrsnis Vyasa warriors weapons wish words Yudhi Yudhisthira
Page 207 - foremost of ascetics, dismissed them. Within the twinkling of an eye they disappeared in the very sight of all. Plunging into the sacred river Ganga, they proceeded to their respective abodes. Some went to the regions of the gods, some to
Page 131 - them to turn round by his power as if they were mounted on a machine,
Page 181 - Who then is so fortunate as myself? With all my well-wishers, and my younger brothers, I am going to heaven! As
Page 19 - would have difficulty in conceiving sons. He therefore taught her an invocatory spell, saying to her, "Through the radiance of those celestials whom you invoke by this spell, you will obtain progeny.
Page 19 - overcome by astonishment at this wondrous sight. The light of the universe, the Sun, got her with child. Thus was born the hero of divine ancestry, known all over the world by the name of
Page 19 - out of curiosity tried the spell and invoked the sun god. That brilliant deity the Sun, who sees everything in the world, immediately appeared before her, and the beautiful Kuntl was overcome by astonishment at
Page 129 - when I see my own people ready to fight and eager for battle, my limbs shudder, my mouth is dry, my body shivers, and my hair stands on end. Furthermore, I see evil portents, and I can see no good in killing my own kinsmen. It is not right and proper that we should kill our own kith and kin, the Kauravas. How can