The Mahabharata: An English Version Based on Selected Verses

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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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This current translation of the epic poem (no one's exactly sure who wrote it or when it first appeared) includes two new verses as well as a new preface and a glossary, genealogical tables, and an index correlating the verses with the original Sanskrit text. A lot of bang for the buck, though more for scholarly collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231110556
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/1997
  • Series: Translations from the Asian Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 420,140
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Chakravarthi V. Narasimhan was educated at Madras University in India and at Oxford University. From 1937 to 1956 he worked in the Indian Civil Service, and for the next twenty-two years he worked at the undersecretary-general level at the United Nations.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Paperback EditionPrefaceGuide to PronounciationIntroductionAdi Parva (Chapters I-XIX)Sabha Parva (XX-XXIV)Aranyaka Parva (XXV-XXIX)Virata Parva (XXX-XXXIV)Udyoga Parva (XXXV-XLVII)Bhisma Parva (XLVIII-LVIII)Drona Parva (LIX-LXVI)Karna Parva (LXVII-LXIX)Salya Parva (LXX-LXXVI)Sauptika Parva (LXXVII-LXXX)Stri Parva (LXXXI-LXXXIII)Santi Parva (LXXXIV)Anusasana Parva (LXXXV)Asvamedha Parva (LXXXVI-LXXXVII)Asramavasika Parva (LXXXVIII-XC)Mausala Parva (XCI-XCIII)Mahaprasthanika Parva (XCIV-XCV)Svarga-Arohanika Parva (XCVI-XCIX)Genealogical TablesGlossaryList of Alternative NamesIndex of Verses on Which English Version Is Based

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    The Mahabharat Book Review, January 2002

    The Mahabharata **Bhagavad-Gita The Bhagavad-gita is the main gist on yoga and a concise summary of India's Vedic wisdom. Yet remarkably, the setting for this best-known classic of spiritual literature is an ancient Indian battlefield the ¿Kurukshetra.¿ At the last moment before entering battle, the great warrior Arjuna begins to wonder about the real meaning of his life. Why should he fight against his friends and relatives? Why does he exist? Where is he going after death? In the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna, Arjuna's friend and spiritual master, brings his disciple from perplexity to spiritual enlightenment. In the course of doing so, Krishna concisely but definitively explains transcendental knowledge; karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, dhyana-yoga, and bhakti-yoga; knowledge of the absolute, devotional service, the three modes of material nature; the divine and demoniac natures and much more.

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