A warm welcome to all of you for our second mega-project!!!
Commencing today, we’re going to witness a few of the important life/leadership/management lessons from the second great epic of our “Sanaathana Dharma” – The Mahaabhaarata! In our previous project, we had witnessed few important life/leadership/management lessons from the first great epic – Shrimad Ramayana.
In the modern day world, day in and day out we are witnessing innumerable problems of varying types and of varying intensities. However, for every problem that we face in the modern-day society there are clear-cut solutions available in our “Indian Dharma”, which is nothing but the “Sanaathana Dharma”. We have of course reflected and pondered upon a few kinds of problems and the ways to handle them during our Ramayana project. Now we are going to extend the discussion further with the basis of the next great epic of our Indian Dharma, which is the Mahaabhaarata.
As many of us would agree, Mahaabhaarata is one text that is extremely close to our hearts. Of course as mentioned above, our Indian Dharma comprises and revolves around the two great epics – Shrimad Ramayana and Mahaabhaarata. The Ramayana comprises of all the life instances of Lord Shri Rama. The Mahaabhaarata comprises of all the life instances of the great clan called “Bharata”, which further comprises of the two groups called the “Kauravaas” (Sons of King Dhrithiraashtra) and the “Paandavaas” (Sons of King Paandu) and the bridge between the “Kauravaas” and the “Paandavaas”, who always strived to unite both the sub clans together – Lord Shri Krishna! Thus, this second mega project is on the Mahaabhaarata!
Whenever we begin to analyse and learn something from a great text, it is important for us to know something about that text, who is the author of that text, what is the author’s specialty, etc. Also, it is important to understand the underlying message that the text conveys to the reader. This in Sanskrit is categorized into the following three attributes – “Prabhanda-Vailakshanyam”, “Vaktru-Vailakshanyam” and “Vishaya-Vailakshanyam”.
As we are discussing thus, we might have a question in mind: As the famous “Thirukkural” authored by the great poet “Thiruvalluvar” states,
“Yepporul yaar yaar vaai ketpinum apporul meipporul kaanbadhu arivu!!”
According to the above “Thirukkural”, Thiruvalluvar says that irrespective of the author of whatever text, if the text conveys “Dharma”, we should learn it. In other words, it says that the author of a text is not important. However, what is more important is that whether the text conveys important lessons for our daily life or not. This is true and I agree to it! However, this might be true only for those texts that are authored by modern day people. This might not hold good for those texts, which were written thousands and millions of years ago.
In fact, there is a huge difference in reading those ancient texts and in reading modern day texts. If we look at it closely, whenever we read the modern day books, we just read and forget most of them and move on! However, if we happen to read those important and ancient texts like the Bhagawad Gita, Ramayana, etc. our approach would be vastly different! This is because, these ancient texts were written by ancient “Maharishis” (Sages) who were extremely high-level scholars and through that, we have a definitive faith that these kind of texts serve as an effective medicine to all our modern day personal and societal problems. Hence, we tend to accept and follow whatever our great forefather-sages have taught us. In that way, it is very important for us to understand the significance of the great Sage Veda-Vyaasa who is the author of this great epic called Mahaabhaarata!
Who is Sage Veda-Vyaasa? What is his significance? In turn, what is the overall significance of the Mahaabhaarata text? Let us wait to witness during the next episode!! 🙂