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Mahabharata Quotes

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"Great stories like the Mahabharata don't belong to any one culture, they belong to the world." - Sharad Devarajan

"To me the Mahabharata is a profoundly religious book, largely allegorical, in a way meant to be a historical record." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The author of the Mahabharata has not established the necessity of physical warfare; on the contrary he has proved its futility." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Do you recall the story of the young Yogi in the Mahabharata who prided himself on his psychic powers by burning the bodies of a crow and crane by his intense will, produced by anger?" - Swami Vivekananda

"In Tharoor's hands [the story of modern India] is transformed into Mahabharata magic.... Endlessly inventive, irreverent, wise, ingenious,... it takes on at one level or another the entire panorama of modern India....Energetic and eventful." - M. G. Vassanji

"The Bhagavad Gita is not as nice a book as some Americans think...Throughout the Mahabharata ... Krishna goads human beings into all sorts of murderous and self-destructive behaviors such as war.... The Gita is a dishonest book ..." - Wendy Doniger

"Those who are acquainted with the literature of India will remember a beautiful old story about this extreme charity, how a whole family, as related in the Mahabharata, starved themselves to death and gave their last meal to a beggar. This is not an exaggeration, for such things still happen." - Swami Vivekananda

"The ultimate dreamer is Vishnu floating on the cosmic Milky Ocean, couched upon the coils of the abyssal serpent Ananta, the meaning of whose name is Unending. In the foreground stand the five Pandava brothers, heroes of the epic Mahabharata, with Draupadi, their wife: allegorically, she is the mind and they are the five senses." - Joseph Campbell

"A scene of Mahabharata where the Surya Devta(Sun God)would come to bless Kunti with a baby The child watching this on TV says "I have been taught that Neil Armstrong had taken several days to reach the moon.Surya Devta took only half a minute to land up in the Kunti's room; that too, he didn't even need a rocket-he had simply walked. Science and Sanskrit had always appeared contradicting subjects to me at school:-)" - Ravinder Singh

"If I was asked what is the greatest treasure which India possesses and what is her finest heritage, I would answer unhesitatingly that it is the Samskrit language and literature and all that it contains. This is a magnificent inheritance and so long as this endures and influences the life of our people, so long will the basic genius of India continue. If our race forgot the Buddha, the Upanishads and the great epics (Ramayana and Mahabharata), India would cease to be India ." - Jawaharlal Nehru



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