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Half of the extant Mahābhārata is dedicated to dharma and ethics. In the other half, the main story and the upākhyānas are present. Even if we consider the latter alone, without doubt, it qualifies for a matchless poem. “कृतं मयेदं भगवन् काव्यं परमपूजितम्” (I have composed a sublime poem, O

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Adhyāyas 62-88 – Śakuntalopākhyānam, Vaṃśanukrama, Yayātyupākhyānam (Śakuntalā’s story, details of the lineage and Yayāti’s story)   In these adhyāyas, Vaiśampāyana has chosen to narrate the sub-stories of Duṣyanta-Bhārata and Yayāti-Puru, perhaps because they are interesting and sizeable, or because they are about famous kings. Yayāti is an ancestor of Duṣyanta, separated by

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As noted earlier, Kālidāsa has been the greatest yet most graceful exponent of Indian values. He has upheld the highest values of our tradition at the individual, societal and universal levels. He advocates an austere but aggressive pursuit of prosperity. Likewise, he advocates a moral but intense pursuit of desires.

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Hinduism is the major religion of India with a worldwide following of over a billion people. In its original and purest form, it is a sanatana dharma (loosely translated as ‘eternal truth’ or ‘timeless religion’) that represents at least 7,000 years of contemplation, tradition, and continuous development in India. One

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The Sanskrit word for wedding is विवाह (vivaaha). Vivaaha also means ‘marriage.’  Basically it refers to “supporting dharma.” Dharma is a Sanskrit word that means ‘harmony,’ ‘sustainability,’ ‘righteousness,’ ‘welfare at large’ – in essence, ‘that which is most beneficial to the world.’ The wife is referred to as sahadharmini, an

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अपर्याप्तमुदाकारामामपर्यायतमास्मिताम् । प्रपद्ये सकलास्वादां निष्कलां रसभारतीम् ॥ पूर्वपीठिका तदिदं ‘रसाध्याय’संज्ञितस्य कस्यचन ग्रन्थस्य सारासारविवेचनार्थं समायोजनम् । तथापि नास्माभिरस्यैकस्य मीमांसने मनः प्रवर्ततेतराम् । यत ईदृशा आक्षेपविक्षेपा बहोः कालादारभ्य वर्तमाना एव विद्वज्जगति । नेदमपूर्वं किञ्चिन्नाप्यभिनवम् । अन्यच्च नात्र काप्यस्मदीयानस्मदीयविभेदव्यपदेशोऽपि लगति । यतः पुरा हि रसस्यानुमानिकतां लोलुपतां सुखदुःखात्मकतां च कथयद्भिः कथाकृद्भिः स्वकीयं मूलच्छेदं पाण्डित्यमस्मिन्नेव भारते देशे

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Some years ago, a reader wrote to me with an experience that he said vexed him. The relevant portion of his email is produced below: …during a talk with a liberal friend of mine, regarding the MF Hussain episode…friend talked on the lines of what liberals usually speak i.e. Kamasutra, Khajuraho…But…his explanation

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