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Mahābhārata महाभारतम्

By Vyasa

The longest poem ever written (10x longer than the Iliad and Odyssey combined) and a major Sanskrit epic from ancient India, the Mahabharata describes the Kurukshetra War, includes the more famous Bhagavad Gita, spiritual and philosophical teaching like the 4 "goals of life,” and ranks oin the same world literature level as the Christian Bible, Homer, Shakespeare, and the Qur'an. Authorship is traditionally given to Vyasa (व्यास), in Hindu belief an immortal avatar of Vishnu.

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Themes: Hinduism

Quotes from Mahābhārata महाभारतम्

“A seed that sprouts at the foot of its parent tree remains stunted until it is transplanted… Every human being, when the time comes, has to depart to seek his fulfillment in his own way.”

Chapters: 33. Know Yourself

Themes: Progress

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“Be even-tempered in success and failure; for it is this evenness of temper which is meant by yoga.”

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Themes: One Taste

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“Do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.”

Chapters: 63. Easy as Hard

Themes: Golden Rule

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“Each moment is completely new. To be wise is to accept change. To be enlightened is to love change.”

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Themes: Change

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“Even those who do not know me—if there actions are straightforward, just and loving—venerate me with the truest kind of worship.”

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“He knows peace who has forgotten desire.”

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“He who neither rejoices, nor hates, nor sorrows, nor desires and who has renounced good and evil is thus fit to become one with Brahman.”

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“Hell has three gates: lust, anger and greed.”

Chapters: 68. Joining Heaven & Earth

Themes: Greed Anger

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“I am justice: clear, impartial, favoring no one, hating no one. But in those who have cured themselves of selfishness, I shine with brilliance.”

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Themes: Justice

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“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.”

Chapters: 18. The Sick Society

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“Knowledge is indeed better than blind practice; meditation excels knowledge; surrender of the fruits of action is more esteemed than mediation. Peace immediately follows surrender.”

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Themes: Meditation

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“Let your thoughts flow past you, calmly; keep me near, at every moment; trust me with your life, because I am you, more than you yourself are.”

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Themes: Confidence

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“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.”

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Themes: Belief

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“Never engage in action for the sake of reward… alike in success and defeat.”

Chapters: 2. The Wordless Teachings

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“No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come.”

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“Of all the world’s wonders which is the most wonderful? That no man, though he sees others dying all around him, believe that he himself will die.”

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

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“Ravana all your wealth is wasted, what's the use of being rich if you won't spend your gold to do good for other people?”

Chapters: 75. Greed

Themes: Wealth

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“Ravana all your wealth is wasted, what's the use of being rich if you won't spend your gold to do good for other people?”

Chapters: 75. Greed

Themes: Wealth

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“Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.”

Chapters: 58. Goals Without Means

Themes: Livelihood

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“The duties of woman are created in the rites of wedding... a husband must be constantly worshiped as a god by a faithful wife... If a wife obeys her husband, she will for that reason alone be exalted in heaven.”

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“The wise never harbor hostility… the virtuous man only sees the virtue in everyone else.”

Chapters: 49. No Set Mind

Themes: Projection

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“The wise see themselves in all others and all others in themselves; and so, they refrain from harming others so that they do not harm themselves.”

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Themes: Kindness Peace

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“The world is imprisoned in its own activity, except when ation are performed as worship of God. Therefore, you must perform every action sacramentally and be free from all attachment to result.”

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“There was never a time when you and I and all the kings gathered here have not existed and nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist.”

Chapters: 56. One with the Dust

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“This Self is never born, nor does It die. It did not spring from anything, nor did anything spring from It. This Ancient One is unborn, eternal, everlasting. It is not slain even though the body is slain.”

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“Truth is one but the sages speak of it by many names.”

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“We behold what we are, and we are what we behold.”

Chapters: 10. The Power of Goodness

Themes: Oneness

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“You have the right to work, but for the work's sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working.”

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Quotes about Mahābhārata महाभारतम् (4 quotes)

“The Bhagavad Gita — if he's God, what's he doing fighting on a battlefield? we're in these bodies, which is like a kind of chariot, and we're going through this incarnation, this life, which is kind of a battlefield… unless we bring Christ or Krishna or Buddha or whichever of our spiritual guides ... we're going to crash our chariot”

George Harrison 1943 – 2001 CE
Guitar-playing philanthropist

Themes: Hinduism

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“In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita... in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny and trivial.”

Henry David Thoreau 1817 – 1862 CE
Father of environmentalism and America's first yogi

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“The Bhagavad Gita, like the Divine Comedy, is one of the greatest works of education ever composed. It leads from the darkness of a life without meaning to the clarity of God’s wisdom... The ultimate message of the Bhagavad Gita is that God has created many roads to the truth; each person must find his or her own road.”

J. Rufus Fears 1945 – 2012 CE

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“The first of books and the voice of an old intelligence.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 CE
Champion of individualism

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