Inspiration Sounds 31

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For today’s episode we delve into the Indian epic the Mahabharata. Mahabharata means ‘Great India’, and the text is unparalleled for its sheer size and depth, and is best summarized by a line from its first section: ‘What is found here, may be found elsewhere. What is not found here, will not be found elsewhere.’ The main story revolves around a giant rivalry between two parties of cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, which ends in the battle of Kurukshetra. Today’s stories are Sri Chinmoy’s interpretations of scenes well known to many people. I hope you enjoy them.

The Source
The Mahabharata was composed by the great sage Vyasa, however he found that he needed help in writing it down. So Shiva’s son Ganapati came and agreed to write for him, but only on one condition…

Ashwatthwama Surrenders His Crown
The son of Dronacharya is forced by the Pandavas to surrender his crown after he disobeyed the rules of war. However his crown can not provide any comfort to the grieving Draupadi.

A Great Hero And The Result Of His One Single Lie
A story that tells of the history of the great Karna, from humble beginnings he became as powerful as Arjuna. They finally came face to face in one of the most epic duels in the battle of Kurukshetra.

Ashwasen Tries To Avenge His Father
Sri Krishna and Arjuna at the request of Agni totally destroyed the forest of Khandava. Ashwasen lost both his parents. Years later he returned for vengence in the form of a snake on the battle field of Kurukshetra, in the duel between Arjuna and Karna.

Artists: Budhsamudra Knox
Release year: 2006
Duration: 19:36
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy, Budhsamudra Knox
Format: Advanced Audio Coding

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