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The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa

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The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskritepics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana.
Besides its epic narrative of the Kurukshetra War and the fates of the Kaurava and the Pandava princes, the Mahabharata containsphilosophical and devotional material, such as a discussion of the four "goals of life" or purusharthas.
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Overview

The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskritepics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana.
Besides its epic narrative of the Kurukshetra War and the fates of the Kaurava and the Pandava princes, the Mahabharata containsphilosophical and devotional material, such as a discussion of the four "goals of life" or purusharthas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781500530730
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/16/2014
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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retreat, and endued with wonderful prowess, he devoted himself with great ardour to the science of weapons.1 One day Rama of great intelligence, while roving with Kama in the ricinity of his retreat, felt himself very weak in consequence of the fasts he had undergone. From affection begotten by confidence, the tired son of Janmdagni, placing his head on Kama's lap, slept soundly.1 While his preceptor was thus sleeping (with head) on his lap, a frightful worm, whose bite was very painful and which subsisted on phlegm and fat and flesh and blood, approached the presence of Kama.1 That blood- drinking worm, approaching Kama's thigh, began to pierce it. Through fear of (awaking) his preceptor, Kama became unable to either throw away or kill that animal.7 Though his limb was bored through by that worm, 0 Bharata, the son of Surya, lest his preceptor should awake, suffered it to do its pleasure.8 Though the pain was intolerable, Kama bore it with heroic patience, and continued to hold Bhrigu's son on his lap, without quivering in the least and without manifesting any sign of pain.' When at last Kama's blood touched the body of Rama of great energy, the latter awoke and said these words in fear,10 —Alas, I have been made impure ! What is this that thou art doing ! Tell me, casting off all fear, what is the truth of this matter 1"—Then Kama informed him of that worm's bite. Rama saw that worm which resembled a hog in shape." It had eight feet and very keen teeth, and it was covered with bristles that were all pointed like needles. Called by the name of Alarka, its limbs were then shrunk (with fear).1 As soon as Rlmi cast his eyes on it, the worm gave up its life-breaths, meltingin that blood which it had drawn. All this seemed wonderful.1 Then in the welkin was seen a Rdkshaaa of terribl...
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