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

A wound made by an arrow will cicatrize and heal; a forest felled by the axe will spring up again in new growth; but a wound made by the tongue will never heal.

Entangled in a hundred worldly snares, Self-seeking men, by ignorance deluded, Strive by unrighteous means to pile up riches. Then, in their self-complacency, they say, ‘This acquisition I have made to-day, That will I gain to-morrow, so much pelf is hoarded up already, so much more remains that I have yet to treasure up. This enemy I have destroyed, him also, And others in their turn, I will despatch. I am a lord; I will enjoy myself; I’m wealthy, noble, strong, successful, happy; I’m absolutely perfect; no one else In all the world can be compared to me. Now will I offer up a sacrifice, Give gifts with lavish hand, and be triumphant.’ Such men, befooled by endless vain conceits, Caught in the meshes of the world’s illusion, Immersed in sensuality, descend Down to the foulest hell of unclean spirits.*

Mortification is not dregs, Vedic study is not dregs, and the nature-given rules of the Veda are not dregs, the vigorous acquisition of wealth is not dregs - but that is what they become when they are beaten by the beings.

Study of the Vedas is not enough if a man does not conduct himself properly.

Truth, self-control, asceticism, generosity, non-injury, constancy in virtue ó these are the means of success, not caste or family.

All this has Time for its root. Time, is indeed the seed of the universe, O Dhanajaya. It is time again, that withdraws everything at its pleasure.

Everyday men see thousands of entities die, but those who live think that they will not die. What can be more astonishing than this?

Of what avail is the praise or censure of the vulgar, who make a useless noise like a senseless crow in a forest’

Such deeds as thou with fear and grief Wouldst, on a sick-bed laid, recall, in youth and health eschew them all, Remembering life is frail and brief.

What thy thyself said unto me at that time (at the approach of the Battle), Kesava, through affection, has, all been forgotten by me ... Repeatedly, however, have I been curious on the subject of these truths.

All this is rooted in Time, to be or not to be, to be happy or not to be happy.

Five Persons should be carefully avoided as much as a leaky boat at sea – a guru that does not speak , a priest that does not know the scriptures , a king or a ruler that cannot grant one protection, and a wife that speaks disagreeably.

On should practice what one considers to be one's duty, guided by reasons, instead of blindly following the practices of the world.

The good to others kindness show, and from them no return exact; the best and greatest men, they know, Thus ever nobly love to act.

Whatever is here, is found elsewhere. But what is not here is nowhere else.

An elevated person should know for certain that the only cause for fear is unrighteousness . No material condition, not even death can check one’s Spiritual progress. Only sinful life has the power to degrade one.

Good words, good deeds, and beautiful expressions A wise man ever culls from every quarter, E’en as a gleaner gathers ears of corn.

Once war has been undertaken, no peace is made by pretending there is no war.

The intoxication with power is worse than drunkenness with liquor and such, for he who is drunk with power does not come to his senses before he falls.

When one has fallen into distressed condition of life, being bereft of friends, relatives, wealth and reputation, he should practice fortitude and not give way to grief under any circumstances. Indulgence in grief destroys one’s personal beauty , duration of life , prosperity and virtue.

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.

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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