Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Review: The Mahabharata Epic in Rhymes: Jyorthirllata Girija

The Mahabharata Epic in Rhymes, by Jyorthirllata Girija slowly unrolls its immense and complex crowded idea of divine or semi divine figures and humanity made bigger reaching out to the highest ideal and ethical reason that man can think to reach and apply in life, the Dharma, the leitmotif of the Mahabharata.

Commonly they say that everything is in India is in the Mahabharata, which is not in fact the creation of an individual mind, but the mind of a nation. It is longer than the great Indian classic, the Ramayana, and eight times the size of the Iliad and Odyssey combined.

Here the Vedic concept of the struggle between the gods of the Truth, the Light and Unity on the one hand and the powers of darkness, and the Division of Lies other exits the spiritual and religious sphere and enters the outer plane, intellectual, ethical and life in the form of both personal and political conflict, both of conflict between nations and armies.

Ultimately it is always the ancient conflict between Deva and Asura, between God and Titan, however, represented in terms of human life, including those who make good use of the Dharma and those who make bad use.

The epic story itself is represented by dynastic conflict between the rival families of cousins the Kauravas and Pandavas. But the narrative, until the decisive battle and the subsequent ascent to heaven of the protagonists, occupies only about half of the text. The remainder is devoted to digressions of all kinds, religious, philosophical, legal, mythological, aphoristic, narrative and even astronomical and geographical.

It is a book so transcendental that people of every faith, age and climate can read it with respect and find the principles of their religion. This book will help you better understand the essence of the ancient Indian philosophy. Besides containing the fantastic stories of a fabulous past the book is also famous for being a great book of high spirituality.

The reader will take the essential points that, over the centuries, have made India famous worldwide. History, philosophy, art, spirituality, cosmic, space travel, yoga, karma, reincarnation, today considered paranormal phenomena, everything is described so richly and compellingly. This abridged version, the original consists of 100,000 verses, is a masterpiece of synthesis and narration and a must read for those who love life and knowledge.

What is impressive in these pages is not only the author's precociousness, but the vividness of the narrative in both the rhymes and the magic that will attract children with extreme precision and refinement in detail. Each of the dozens and dozens of characters of the Mahabharata is identified permanently and also the background of the action, including palaces, battlefields and forests, is evoked with amazing poise.

This book is still largely a treasure to discover, so much so that there is not an authoritative full version. So this version today is, not only for children but also for adults, to hatch the doors of a world that you will not forget.

Reading the prose text is inevitably slow, that will surprise rather the ease with which flows the same text in rhyme. The book has the value of a universal message, as it speaks of the inner and outer struggles of human existence and illuminates the mystery of life. One of the most important of all the text is the importance attached to the unification of the senses and thought.

In this book, in agile style, full of anecdotes and dialogues, the author opens to the reader the casket of the Mahabharata and makes it possible to admire the treasure of a timeless wisdom where overtime the characters shines, in life as in death with the core of the vision offered by the book is the dharma, which is the essence of Hinduism.

The book is a complex experience, which brings together the values expressed in natural justice, obligation, religious, moral and social development, and its concrete manifestations in all aspects of life, not only human, that are shown countless times in the rhymes, especially through narrative specimens.

Format: Paperback ♥ ISBN: 9788182535374 ♥ Publisher: Cyberwit.net ♥ Published: 2014
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