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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book that everybody should read!, 26. Juli 2000
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The Mahabharata is one of the biggest mysteries of humankind. A book written in a time where science had not established the limits of what is possible or not. A time where visitors from other planets came down from the sky in vessels and interact with humankind. A time where yogis had powers beyond our understanding and wars where fought with arrows empowered by mantras. A time where meditation was a common practice and science was not about matter but about soul and spirituality.
This is a war story. A war fought against warriors, which as samurais knew about honor, word, and values. A war in which as in any war, human values are put into consideration and the meaning of life and dead is uncovered and exposed to the reader.
The Mahabharata is also one of the oldest, largest, and deepest books ever written by mankind. As the pyramids, or Stonehenge, it is a monument of the human intellect, and a legacy for future generations. However, an attempt for reading it is often overcome by its extension and complexity.
Krishna Dharma offers in this resumed version a perfect book to know what The Mahabharata is about. His book its very easy to read, goes right to the point, and presents all the important facts and things that are important to know to understand the main story, without sacrificing the spirit of the book. As a result, this is one of the best available resumed versions in existence.
This book is not a replacement for the original version, but it is such a good introduction that after reading it, I am sure most of the readers would like to read the complete version.
In addition, it is important to let to know to the readers that the story of The Mahabharata does not finish with this book. At the end of The Mahabharata, king Yudhisthira gives his kingdom to his son Pariksit. The story of king Pariksit is narrated in The Srimad Bhagavatam. In this book king Pariksit is cursed by a sage to die in 7 days, as a result; Pariksit decides to leave his kingdom and spend the last 7 days of his life with sages in order to learn what every man has to know before dying. In this context, The Srimad Bhagavatam explains the spiritual meaning of The Mahabharata, and uncovers the mysteries of this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best rendering of Mahabharata ever!, 30. Dezember 1999
Krishna Dharma's Mahabharata is far and away the best edition in existence! His talented story-telling has made the usually choppy, stilted versions written by people for whom English is a second language look like amateur works. This retelling of Mahabharata is so enthralling, it is hard to put it down! After my husband read it, he reluctantly let me have it (he wanted to start all over again), and I am now reading it aloud with my older kids. They love it, too! And who wouldn't? The stories are intriguing, sometimes filled with gripping excitement, sometimes with intense emotion, sometimes with deep spiritual insight. This book literally has something for everyone! And woven throughout are many valuable lessons one can learn about life, love, honor, character, and many other worthy topics. It is a book that can bring out the best in all of us, while remaining highly entertaining. The worst part of it is coming to the end...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen British Hindu priest Authors an Epic, 15. August 1999
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Sacred text of Hinduism gets blockbuster treatment
By James Meek
LONDON: Salman Rushdie was threatened with murder for it. William Tyndale was strangled and burned for it. Altering,challenging or even translating sacred texts can be dangerous. But a British Hindu priest expects only praise, high sales and converts from an epic effort of literary digestion launched next week: the 100,000-verse Mahabharata, turned by him into a 1,000-page blockbuster novel.
The novelization of one of Hinduism's holiest texts by the Manchester-based priest, Krishna Dharma - once Ken Anderson, a merchant navy officer - is already on sale in the US, where it has sold more than 5,000 copies.
"I suppose I didn't expect it to be so successful. It's unique, in the sense that there aren't any other English versions like it," said Dharma.
The Mahabharata, which contains the core text of Hinduism, the Bhagavad-gita, has been rendered in English before. But previous attempts have been immense verse-for-verse translations by Sanskrit scholars, or slim, super-abridged paperbacks.
"I want it to become the definitive English version," said Dharma. "I'm pretty confident it will. There's nothing around to compete."
Like the Holy Quran and the Bible, the Mahabharata is believed by Hindus to be largely the work of God (or gods, as some Hindus consider).
Five thousand years ago, the half-divine visionary Vyasadeva is said to have dictated the verses to the elephant-headed being Ganesh. The book's divine origins have not stopped the hard sell. Under the title, the bookjacket proclaims "The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time".
The cover illustration shows the saintly Queen Draupadi, lost by her husband in a dice game, being stripped of her garments by an evil prince as leering aristos look on and the god Krishna unreels heavenly robes to cover her virtue. With its intense love scenes,jewelled palaces, vast battles, superheroes, magical weapons and warring families, the novelised version resembles a 20th century saga-cum-soap opera, a marriage of Barbara Taylor Bradford and Arthur Hailey. It has, after all, already been turned into a TV soap, broadcast earlier in the decade on the BBC.
"Ambika peered curiously into the mirror as her maidservants finished adorning her in preparation for the nuptial bed," the book begins. "She had lost none of her beauty despite her months of mourning. Her skin was flawless and as white as milk."
Dharma said: "All I wanted to do was present the original as exactly as I could. I'm not embellishing or interpolating. I'm not adding any of my own ideas.
"There is a message in the original, a profound and sublime message, and I've tried to convey that. It shows the conflict between two sides and its outcome, what happens to those who choose to take shelter and surrender to the Lord and what happens to the others."
Although the advance publicity for the book, published by the US firm Torchlight, promotes the Mahabharata's "timeless message of spiritual enlightenment," and its usefulness for "peace and relaxation", the epic is remarkably gory, with killings, amputations, banter about weapons, and bloody mayhem on almost every page.
In the Bhagavad-gita, the god Krishna urges a hero to overcome his qualms about slaughtering his old friends and relatives in an enemy army because it is his moral duty to correct the error of their ways by killing them and because they will be reincarnated anyway.
Dharma admits there is a lot of war in the Mahabharata.
He said the Nazis, fascinated by Hindu mythology, perverted the epic's message to justify their killing.
"It's a story of conflict, no doubt about it. But even the war is fought in a different way: not, as we have now, a wholesale slaughter of the innocents. In those days it was always fought between warrior classes only. Ordinary people were not involved."
Dharma, who was ordained as a Hindu priest in the monotheistic Vaishnava tradition in 1979, runs a Hindu studies centre and a free kitchen for the homeless in Manchester.
The book is to be launched on Sunday to coincide with the annual Krishna festival parade through London, Rathayatra, which proceeds from Marble Arch to Trafalgar Square.-Observer News Service (c) London Observer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Better than any criminal story, 9. April 2013
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time (English Edition) (Kindle Edition)
The Mahabharata is more fascinating than even "The Lord of the Rings". It is a mixture of real events and some kind of fantasy. But one should just read and enjoy it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ich liebe dieses Buch...., 25. Februar 2015
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Das Mahabharata ist eine altindische Sage, die wirklich stattgefunden hat. Tolle Persönlichkeiten bereichern das Buch. Man kann sehr viel über Moral und die Pflichten eines jeden Menschen lernen und deren Konsequenzen....noch besser wäre es in deutsch...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful book, 17. September 1999
I would just like to say that I am very happy to have this book, 'Mahabharata'. And it's true that this is 'the greatest spiritual epic of all time'. And of course, the most important part is 'Bhagavad Gita' where Sri Krishna explanes who we are and what is our purpose in this life. And if everybody would read and obey these books, this world would be a much better place to live in. Read this jewel and enjoy.
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