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Download Mahabharata Book for Free in PDF format – English Mahabharat

The particular Mahabharata e-Book in PDF format for free download is part of Project Gutenberg. This Mahabharat in English is in verse format and was translated into English from Sanskrit by Romesh C. Dutt. Please note that this book is in condensed format and avoids the numerous stories which are part of Mahabharata.Link – Download Mahabharata Book in PDF format

Britain’s Hindu Open-Air Cremation Debate

Davender Ghai, a practicing Hindu, had asked for an open-air cremation when he dies but it was denied by Newcastle city council in Britain. Davender Ghai had argued then that denying him an open-air ritual ‘will enslave his soul in endless earthly entrapment.’ This debate had taken place in March 2009. It seems an appeal on the matter in the High Court will be taken up in this week. Jay Lakhani has started another debate by suggesting in his article in the Guardian UK that Hindus don't need open-air cremation. And there is no religious reason to demand open-air cremations. To pursue this 'right' in court goes against the spirit of Hinduism.To a Hindu like me, what was particularly worrying in the earlier hearing, at the high court, was the insistence that unless cremation takes place in the open air, the soul remains trapped in the body. Ghai complained that, without such a cremation, his soul would be enslaved in "in endless earthly entrapment". Such insistence …