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Mahabharata is not a tale of war — it is the tale of the futility of war – Dev Dutt Pattanaik

Critics of Mahabharata have always described it as a story of war and violence. But when a reader, who is not a slave of any ideology or –ism, closes the Mahabharat after completely reading it, realizes the futility of war and violence. He will take to the path of non-violence and this is what happened with King Janamejaya, who first heard the entire Mahabharata during the Snake Sacrifice from the mouth of Vyasa's student Vaisampayan. King Janamejaya, who was conducting the Snake Sacrifice (Sarpasatra) to kill all the snakes on the earth to avenge the killing of his Parikshit by Snake Takshaka, changed his mind after hearing the Mahabharata tale.But modern narrations of Mahabharat focus only on war. An aspect of Kali Yuga (the present age as per Hindu tradition), is that people will focus more on the negative aspects, which gives momentary pleasure. War, violence and victory provide momentary pleasure to the readers. Modern writers and interpreters are interested in the war episod…

Ashwin Maas 2010 in Marathi Calendar

Ashwin Maas is the seventh month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra, India. Ashwin Month 2010 in Marathi Calendar begins on October 8 and ends on November 6. Ashvin Mahina is an auspicious month and the 9-day Navratri festival, Dasara and Diwali falls in the month. Other important rituals include Kojagari Purnima, Sharad Poornima, Diwali Lakshmi Puja etc.Ashwin Shukla Paksha is from October 8, 2010 to October 23.Ashwin Krishna Paksha is from October 24 to November 6, 2010.Ashwin Purnima (full moon day) is on October 23, 2010. (It must be noted that Purnima begins on October 22 in many regions). Kojagari Purnima and Sharad Poornima is marked on October 22.Ashwin Amavasi is on November 6. (But begins on November 5 in some regions ).Dates of important festivals and auspicious days areNavratri Begins – October 8 (Ghat Sthapana)Durga Ashtami – October 15Maha Navami – October 16Dasara – October 17Diwali – November 5It must be noted that Ashwin Month in traditional ca…

Mahopanishad Quotes

The wise man is not depressed by adversity, just as the golden lotus which does not fade at the approach of night. He does not set his heart on anything beyond his immediate concern, and his delight lies in the path of the virtuous. 
As alum clarifies water, so the nature of one who is enlightened becomes purified. Free from doubts, wickedness, inquisitiveness and delusion, his mind is perfectly integrated, and he shines like the full moon.
The space between bondage and liberation measures 2 feet only. Bondage says ‘this is mine’ and liberation says ‘nothing is mine.’ Mahopanishad