Inspiring Tales from the Mahabharata

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Item Code: IDK254
Publisher: Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Janakpuri
Author: Ram Lal Verma
Language: English
Edition: 1988
Pages: 184
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.9" X 5.7"
Weight 430 gm
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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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