Mahabharata or The Mahabharata

Mahabharata or The Mahabharata
c. 400 B.C.
c. 300 B.C.

Traditionally, authorship of The Mahabharata is attributed to Vyasa, it is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana

Author Quotes

An evil-minded man is quick to see His neighbor’s faults, though small as mustard seed; But when he turns his eyes towards his own, Though large as bilva fruit, he none descries.

He is a fool that practices truth without knowing the difference between truth and falsehood.

One who constantly dwells upon his misfortune loses all enthusiasm, mental equilibrium, and bodily strength. In this way he meets total defeat in life. On the other hand if a distressed person remains fixed and undisturbed , he can easily regain his position when the next opportunity arises.

The making of a gift is superior to the acceptance of a gift.

When shown the door, take the door, and put no trust in kings.

Arjun chose Krishna, though Krishna had vowed to lay down his arms on the battlefield ... ... Krishna asked: "Why did you pick me, knowing I would not fight?" "I can handle the soldiers myself, O Krishna, if I have your presence to give me moral support. Some of your glory will surely rub off on me."

Heaven’s gate is narrow and minute, It cannot be perceived by foolish men, Blinded by vain illusions of the world. E’en the clear-sighted, who discern the way and seek to enter, find the portal barred And hard to be unlocked. Its massive bolts Are pride and passion, avarice and lust.

Patience is subjugating the senses.

The most wonderful thing in this world is that day after day there enter into the temple of death countless lives. Looking on this spectacle, the rest of them, those who remain, believe themselves to be permanent, immortal.

When the Gods deal defeat to a person, they first take his mind away, so that he sees things wrongly… Time does not raise a stick and clobber a man's head; the power of Time is just this upended view of things.

At the expiration of the yuga, all visible things of the creation – animate and inanimate – will be again reduced (to its source in the seed form)… And just as the (cycle of) seasons with their fruits & characteristics visible until the end (of their respective time) come in succession, so do the (cycle of) yugas arrive repeatedly… Thus the wheel of time, without beginning and without end, is the cause of destruction of all things.

I do not blame you, Maharaja, for hitting an innocent man. For, cruelty comes quick to the powerful.

Perform every action with your heart fixed on the Supreme Lord. Renounce attachment to the fruits. Be even tempered in success and failure; for it is this evenness of temper which is meant by yoga.

The poor always eat better: hunger sweetens their dishes, and that is rare among the rich. It is generally found in the world that the rich have no appetite, but the poor, O Indra of kings, digest even wood.

With gentleness one defeats the gentle as well as the hard; there is nothing impossible to the gentle; therefore the gentle is the more severe.

Be he ever so wise and strong, wealth confounds a man. In my view, anyone living in comfort fails to reason.

If one is too intimate with his dependents , they will hesitate to execute his orders, they will divulge his secrets , they will request things that should not be asked for, and they will appropriate the food that is intended for him.

Poets have told it before, poets are telling it now, other poets shall tell this history on earth in the future.

The relations of all living end in separation.

Without doubt, all kings, O son, must once see Hell.

‘Tis not for gain, for fame, from fear That righteous men injustice shun, And virtuous men hold virtue dear: An inward voice they seem to hear, Which tells them duty must be done.

Brahma said: Well, I shall now tell you somehing more. With even a thousand (explanations), one that has a bad understanding succeeds not in acquiring knowledge. One, however, that is endured with intelligence succeeds in attaining happiness, through only a fourth share (of explanations).

In youth a man is deluded by other ideas than those which delude him in middle life, and again in his decay he embraces other ideas.

Pride is a consciousness of ones being himself an actor or sufferer in life.

There are two forces: fate and human effort - All men depend on and are bound by these, there is nothing else.

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First Name
Mahabharata or The Mahabharata
Birth Date
c. 400 B.C.
Death Date
c. 300 B.C.

Traditionally, authorship of The Mahabharata is attributed to Vyasa, it is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana