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January 10, 2010, 11:20:23 AM
(not as interesting as it sounds, but some might find it worth watching nevertheless)



Re: MAHABHARATA for Dummies
January 24, 2010, 10:57:59 AM
Video has been removed.

There was a whole TV series of this in India.

Re: MAHABHARATA for Dummies
January 24, 2010, 11:25:51 AM

Unfortunately without English subtitles as was included for the BBC transmissions.

Re: MAHABHARATA for Dummies
January 24, 2010, 12:50:02 PM

The first episode, subtitled.  If I have time tomorrow, I'll make a playlist for everyone of all of the subtitled ones I can find.

Re: MAHABHARATA for Dummies
January 24, 2010, 12:59:30 PM
Good find, don't know how I missed that. Save yourself from such a mundane task, though and enjoy this ready-made playlist: http://www.youtube.com/user/rajshri#grid/user/485397076949B1B5

Re: MAHABHARATA for Dummies
January 24, 2010, 02:12:42 PM
Ah, brilliant, thanks.  I didn't think to check his channel.  I just finished watching the first - very good stuff, very interesting ideas being presented in what could act either as a series of philosophical points or as a fundamentally gripping story.

Re: MAHABHARATA for Dummies
January 24, 2010, 03:37:35 PM
That's what I thought when I watched the boxset of this series. The first couple of episodes play out as a background story that gives a good idea of 'the fall' in this context, and immediately acquaints the viewer with celestial characters in the subtle manner that they are best understood, as living and active symbols. By the way, I think it's good to be aware that when you get to the episodes that deal with the youth of Krishna, this part of the story is not from the Mahabharat but another text called the Srimad Bhagavatam, which was composed much later and the work of a cult of Vishnu-worshippers, who today's Hare Krishna drones have claimed their lineage from. Still, jolly good shit I'd say. This series is probably less abridged than the most widely available texts published by the likes of Oxford or Penguin. I've not managed to find many internet sources that present the poem with great reverence towards the breadth of the original, but here's a cool link I found some time ago that shows just one excerpt from a small but, as you will get on to seeing, highly important part of the story. It's a lengthy discourse, which gives an idea of how huge the damn thing is. The thought that a lot of it comes from an oral tradition many centuries, possibly millenia earlier is staggering.