Some devotees have asked me about the present status of my work on the Maha-bharata.
At the moment I find myself at about 60% of Adi Parva, which is a big books by itself. It is consists of 227 sections and 8.884 verses, almost half of the Srimad-Bhagavatam.
For those who have never heard of this project:
The Maha-bharata is an huge encyclopedia of Vedic history and philosophy. Just consider that the Srimad-Bhagavatam is composed of 18,000 verses while the Maha-bharata is near to 110,000.
Some might say: we can find the complete Maha-bharata online for free already translated in English, so what’s new in what you are doing?
What I am doing is explaining philosophical points, giving historical biographies and explanations, which is nowhere to be found. Obviously both philosophical explanations and biographies are necessarily short but you will come out of the book knowing a little bit of everything. Just to get an idea of the vastness of the work, up to now (60% of Adi Parva) I met about 900 names of people, places or philosophical concepts to clarify.
I have also informed the devotees that I am working on my second book in Spanish and that therefore Adi Parva could be ready around spring / beginning of summer, depending how much my body will need to sleep.
“In the Mahabharata Krsna is present in His different activities. The Mahabharata is history, and simply by studying, hearing and memorizing the transcendental activities of Krsna, the less intelligent can also gradually rise to the standard of pure devotees.”
Srila Prabhupada in Krishna Book, chapter 2
“He who knows the four Vedas with all the Angas and Upanishads, but does not know this history (Bharata), cannot be regarded as wise. Vyasa of immeasurable intelligence, has spoken of the Mahabharata as a treatise on Artha, on Dharma, and on Kama. Those who have listened to his history can never bear to listen to others, as, indeed, they who have listened to the sweet voice of the male Kokila can never hear the dissonance of the crow’s cawing. As the formation of the three worlds proceedeth from the five elements, so do the inspirations of all poets proceed from this excellent composition.”
Maha-bharata – Adi Parva, Parva Sangraha
– Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)
Vrindavana, 25 Novembre 2018
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