Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Mahabharata: The Golden Age

The following is from a work-in-progress called The Mahabharata: a Book Report, in which I'm slowly reading through the Hindu epic poem The Mahabharata, and writing a book report on what I read.  

After the birth of Vyasa's three sons, the kingdom of Hastinapura (under the stewardship of the great Bhisma) enjoyed a period of great prosperity.  This was still the Krta (or Golden) Age.  It was a wonderful time to be alive.  The text states:

"The people prospered, for they were given to generosity, religious practice and virtue, promoting sacrifices and observances, and living on terms of affection with each other.  They were free from pride and anger, and from greed, and their prosperity was shared, for dharma held sway...Bhisma kept the wheel of dharma rolling forward throughout the kingdom."

Bhisma oversaw the education of the three princes (Dhrtarastra, Pandu, and Vidura).  They were taught martial arts, history, literarture, the teachings of the sacred Vedas and other disciplines.  Pandu was an excellent archer, Dhrtarastra was very strong, and Vidura exceedingly wise.  The future of the Kingdom of Hastinapura looked very bright indeed.

The Wheel of Dharma.

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