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Mahabharata
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Introduction

Since childhood I've been hearing stories from the Mahabharata and the fascinating history of India. Based on the family of the Kauravas and the Pandavas; one party driven by greed and lust and the other filled with the values and love for the Supreme, Mahabharata is filled with stories of struggles, victory, hatred and love. In the middle of all the apparent struggles, the most important book the song of God "Bhagavad-Gita" is spoken, decorating the Mahabharata with verses and giving important life lessons to someone who is confused.

I was introduced to Mahabharata at a very young age as my parents narrated it to me, and sometimes in lectures different devotees would tell some happenings from the book. The stories stuck in my mind and each time anyone narrated Mahabharata I would feel connected to it; it's a part of me, as I grew up hearing about it. Great heroes like Arjuna and Bhima were the ones I looked up to, and in my heart I never felt as if the Mahabharata happened thousands of years ago, rather I would feel it happening so close to me that I could always relate to it.

For generations parents have been narrating these historical events to their children, and it became a habit in my own home that a bedtime story would sometimes be from the Mahabharata. My kids listened with rapt attention always eager to hear more and after relating a part I would pause and say, "To be continued tomorrow night," to complaints of, "No please tell us more!" In an attempt to have something that not only my kids could enjoy I began penning whatever I could remember from the Mahabharata, and I discovered a huge and relishable history that can be enjoyed by all. I cannot claim full accuracy, but I've tried to stick to what I have been hearing since I was a child.

I am very grateful to everyone who has given me these stories from my childhood - my parents, the tapes by Amala Bhakta Swami, the movies that were made on the Mahabharata, but I owe special gratitude to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedhanta Swami Prabhupada who brought this timeless knowledge and these stories from India and shared it with us exposing us to the incomparable beauty of the ancient culture of India and its literature.

In times gone by, knowledge was passed from spiritual master to disciple through oral recitation; however, with the decrease in the ability to absorb everything, the great sage Vyasadeva began to write the Vedic narrations preserving them and allowing us get a glimpse into the vast treasure of knowledge. My narration cannot in any way compare to Vyasadeva's, but I am enthusiastic that the stories must not die with the older generations and for us to keep on passing them on so that everyone can benefit and relish the stories.

I am writing this during the auspicious month of Purusottam and seeking the blessings of all the great saints and devotees of the Lord, I will attempt to present the Mahabharata as I’ve heard it so that this great book will always remain alive with the upcoming inquisitive generations and they will treasure it, understanding the intricate yet beautiful story of the Great Mahabharata.

Contents

Part OneMahabharata
Chapter 1Maharaja Shantanu Meets Ganga the Goddess of Water1
Chapter 2Birth of Devarata5
Chapter 3Return of Devarata and Maharaja Shantanu Falls in Love with Satyavati the Daughter of a Fisherman9
Chapter 4Devavrata Becomes Bhishma15
Chapter 5Birth of the Sons of Shantanu and Maharaja Shantanu Leaves Home21
Chapter 6Bhishma Kidnaps the Daughters of the King of Kashi23
Chapter 7Amba's Anger27
Chapter 8Death of Vicitravirya and Vyasadeva Impregnates Ambalika and Ambalika32
Chapter 9Marriage of Dhritarashtra and Pandu to Gandhari, Kunti and Madri38
Chapter 10Pandu Cursed and the Birth of the Pandavas41
Chapter 11Death of Pandu and the Pandavas Come to Hastinapura46
Chapter 12Satyavati, Ambika and Ambika Leave Hastinapura49
Chapter 13Krishna52
Chapter 14The Pandavas Meet the Sons of Dhritarashtra65
Chapter 15The Teacher Dronacharya69
Chapter 16Duryodhana Becomes Allies with Karna76
Chapter 17Guru Dakshina for Dronacharya83
Chapter 18Schemes of Duryodhana90
Chapter 19Flames all Around93
Chapter 20In the Forest99
Chapter 21Bhima Shows his Strength106
Chapter 22Marriage to Draupadi112
Chapter 23Kunti's Words and the Pandavas Return to Hastinapura118
Chapter 24The Big Fire Sacrifice - Rajausuya Yajna123
Chapter 25The Dick Game129
Chapter 26Exiled139
Chapter 27Akshya Patra - The Magic Pot143
Chapter 28Arujuna Goes to the Heavens155
Chapter 29Defeated by the Gandharvas161
Chapter 30The Last Year168
Chapter 31The Priest with a Massage183
Chapter 32Krishna Takes a Decision188
Chapter 33Another Peace Messenger sent192
Chapter 34Dhritarashtra Gets Good Advice195
Chapter 35Kunti Meets her Son Karna198
Part TwoThe War
Chapter 1Kings Assemble for War205
Chapter 2Blessed by his Mother208
Chapter 3Battle by his Mother212
Chapter 4Bhagavad-Gita - The Song of God216
Chapter 5The War Beings240
Chapter 6Ghatotkach the Son of Bhima245
Chapter 7Krishna's Wrath249
Chapter 8The Fall of the Great Hero Bhishma255
Chapter 9Karna Enters the Battle and Jayadratha's Revenge259
Chapter 10Krishna Saves His Devotees265
Chapter 11Death of the Teacher270
Chapter 12Face to Face with the Enemy274
Chapter 13The Unholy Act279
Chapter 14The Decendant of the Pandavas in Trouble283
Chapter 15The Greatest Heo Leaves his Body287
Chapter 16Vidura Instructs Dhritarashtra290
Glossary293
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Mahabharata

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Introduction

Since childhood I've been hearing stories from the Mahabharata and the fascinating history of India. Based on the family of the Kauravas and the Pandavas; one party driven by greed and lust and the other filled with the values and love for the Supreme, Mahabharata is filled with stories of struggles, victory, hatred and love. In the middle of all the apparent struggles, the most important book the song of God "Bhagavad-Gita" is spoken, decorating the Mahabharata with verses and giving important life lessons to someone who is confused.

I was introduced to Mahabharata at a very young age as my parents narrated it to me, and sometimes in lectures different devotees would tell some happenings from the book. The stories stuck in my mind and each time anyone narrated Mahabharata I would feel connected to it; it's a part of me, as I grew up hearing about it. Great heroes like Arjuna and Bhima were the ones I looked up to, and in my heart I never felt as if the Mahabharata happened thousands of years ago, rather I would feel it happening so close to me that I could always relate to it.

For generations parents have been narrating these historical events to their children, and it became a habit in my own home that a bedtime story would sometimes be from the Mahabharata. My kids listened with rapt attention always eager to hear more and after relating a part I would pause and say, "To be continued tomorrow night," to complaints of, "No please tell us more!" In an attempt to have something that not only my kids could enjoy I began penning whatever I could remember from the Mahabharata, and I discovered a huge and relishable history that can be enjoyed by all. I cannot claim full accuracy, but I've tried to stick to what I have been hearing since I was a child.

I am very grateful to everyone who has given me these stories from my childhood - my parents, the tapes by Amala Bhakta Swami, the movies that were made on the Mahabharata, but I owe special gratitude to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedhanta Swami Prabhupada who brought this timeless knowledge and these stories from India and shared it with us exposing us to the incomparable beauty of the ancient culture of India and its literature.

In times gone by, knowledge was passed from spiritual master to disciple through oral recitation; however, with the decrease in the ability to absorb everything, the great sage Vyasadeva began to write the Vedic narrations preserving them and allowing us get a glimpse into the vast treasure of knowledge. My narration cannot in any way compare to Vyasadeva's, but I am enthusiastic that the stories must not die with the older generations and for us to keep on passing them on so that everyone can benefit and relish the stories.

I am writing this during the auspicious month of Purusottam and seeking the blessings of all the great saints and devotees of the Lord, I will attempt to present the Mahabharata as I’ve heard it so that this great book will always remain alive with the upcoming inquisitive generations and they will treasure it, understanding the intricate yet beautiful story of the Great Mahabharata.

Contents

Part OneMahabharata
Chapter 1Maharaja Shantanu Meets Ganga the Goddess of Water1
Chapter 2Birth of Devarata5
Chapter 3Return of Devarata and Maharaja Shantanu Falls in Love with Satyavati the Daughter of a Fisherman9
Chapter 4Devavrata Becomes Bhishma15
Chapter 5Birth of the Sons of Shantanu and Maharaja Shantanu Leaves Home21
Chapter 6Bhishma Kidnaps the Daughters of the King of Kashi23
Chapter 7Amba's Anger27
Chapter 8Death of Vicitravirya and Vyasadeva Impregnates Ambalika and Ambalika32
Chapter 9Marriage of Dhritarashtra and Pandu to Gandhari, Kunti and Madri38
Chapter 10Pandu Cursed and the Birth of the Pandavas41
Chapter 11Death of Pandu and the Pandavas Come to Hastinapura46
Chapter 12Satyavati, Ambika and Ambika Leave Hastinapura49
Chapter 13Krishna52
Chapter 14The Pandavas Meet the Sons of Dhritarashtra65
Chapter 15The Teacher Dronacharya69
Chapter 16Duryodhana Becomes Allies with Karna76
Chapter 17Guru Dakshina for Dronacharya83
Chapter 18Schemes of Duryodhana90
Chapter 19Flames all Around93
Chapter 20In the Forest99
Chapter 21Bhima Shows his Strength106
Chapter 22Marriage to Draupadi112
Chapter 23Kunti's Words and the Pandavas Return to Hastinapura118
Chapter 24The Big Fire Sacrifice - Rajausuya Yajna123
Chapter 25The Dick Game129
Chapter 26Exiled139
Chapter 27Akshya Patra - The Magic Pot143
Chapter 28Arujuna Goes to the Heavens155
Chapter 29Defeated by the Gandharvas161
Chapter 30The Last Year168
Chapter 31The Priest with a Massage183
Chapter 32Krishna Takes a Decision188
Chapter 33Another Peace Messenger sent192
Chapter 34Dhritarashtra Gets Good Advice195
Chapter 35Kunti Meets her Son Karna198
Part TwoThe War
Chapter 1Kings Assemble for War205
Chapter 2Blessed by his Mother208
Chapter 3Battle by his Mother212
Chapter 4Bhagavad-Gita - The Song of God216
Chapter 5The War Beings240
Chapter 6Ghatotkach the Son of Bhima245
Chapter 7Krishna's Wrath249
Chapter 8The Fall of the Great Hero Bhishma255
Chapter 9Karna Enters the Battle and Jayadratha's Revenge259
Chapter 10Krishna Saves His Devotees265
Chapter 11Death of the Teacher270
Chapter 12Face to Face with the Enemy274
Chapter 13The Unholy Act279
Chapter 14The Decendant of the Pandavas in Trouble283
Chapter 15The Greatest Heo Leaves his Body287
Chapter 16Vidura Instructs Dhritarashtra290
Glossary293
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