On Mahabharata and Mythology

Thoughts specifically on the Mahabharata:

 

An Alternate Riddle

The following is an imagined comedy, so please don’t take it literally or seriously as if I am degrading women. Even though I like to tease women…

An Indian Riddle

Sri Vaishnavites are celebrating the millennium birth (avatara) of Ramanuja this year. Sri Ananda Padbanabacharyar has been sharing about the…

Arrogant Charity

“...Joy in philosophy was never considered incompatible with the pleasures of culinary art. It is true that there grew up also taboos and…

Authority and influence

Mbh’s influence Though common people has reverence for Vedas, when it comes to the practical life, except for the Vedic mantras, which are still…

Badrinath: The Mahabharata

For some reading is a hobby. Although I started it as a hobby, gradually it has become a part of my life. When I was working as a sales…

Brahmins

One main theme that recurs throughout the Mbh. is ‘dharma’.  But this dharma is not a general term in most of the context but talk about…

Can we inquire of human conditions?

Sulabha and Janaka After reading the chapter ‘Sulabha’ in Chaturvedi Badrinath’s book: The Women of the Mahabharata: The Question of Truth’…

Context is important

Context is important whatever we say, read and interpret.  But this function more smoothly where we have to define a clear principle and policy. …

Dharma and Mbh

Before reading the following on dharma, I have to confess that some of my comments on Sri Badrinathji’s view still need to be revised.  I cannot…

Ethical Idealism and Moral Dilemma

The Indian answer to moral dilemma is relativistic, but also realistic.  No absolute, regimental ethical idealism will help anyone to resolve moral…

Finding the (Un)Hidden Meaning

When I look back on my first Bhakti Theology Song, it doesn't make any sense to me. The last two stanzas don’t have compatibility with the first…

Introduction

Mahabharata, deserves the adjective ‘maha’ – great-- for many reasons.  No other literature can be compared with it. It defies every kind of…

Literature of Violence

As we have already noted, in most of the Hindu homes, they will never keep a copy of Mbh. or read it as part of their ritual of reading (like…

Management by the Gita

I recently watched a lecture from Prof. B. Madhavan in IIM at Bangalore, on ‘Management thoughts from Bhagavad Gita’. He presented his thoughts…

Question and Answer

Life never goes without questions being asked.  In fact asking question is the main source for all kinds of literature in the world.  Asking…

Sankara vs. Ramanuja

When I read a column on the occasion of the birth anniversary of both Sankara and Ramanuja by Sri Pranav Khullar, I thought of writing my thoughts…

Scholarly Twist

As a student of Hinduism, for me scholars are always a blessing.  But several times their scholarship become a problem too when they try to iron out…

Scripture and Idealism

Though one can ‘enquire the human condition’ from the Mahabharata’s point of view, it never going to reflect the reality of life, at least here…

Seeking Endorsements for the Promotion of Ideologies

In a previous article, I said, “when it comes to others’ faith and scripture(s), without knowing the textual, historical and theological…

Text, Theme and Interpretation

Contradictions: As I already mentioned, Mbh defies any kind of literary criticism, the question of pointing any (or all) kind of contradiction in…