High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God.
The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose names mean "victory". One keeps you in Swarga; the other raises you into Vaikuntha. In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is pleasure for only as long as you deserve.
What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya? Solve this puzzle and you will solve the mystery of the Mahabharata. In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic - the Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya - Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka.
The 108 chapters abound with little-known details, such as the names of the hundred Kauravas; the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu; the stories of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan, and Barbareek; the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana; and the dating of the war based on astronomical data. With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this audiobook reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over 3,000 years.
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Devdutt has done a brilliant research. His narration and simplicity in style makes the epic understandable to even non-Hindus who have no clue about Mahabharata.
Physician in Healthcare IT. Commuter. Listen to a lot of books. Recently introduced to Audible. I am hooked.
Great story. Great discussion. Loved historical context. The book could be longer. I can hear the stories over and over,
Enjoyed the stories and commentaries provided after each section. I ended up ordering the book to look at the illustrations. Delivery is excellent with several voices for characters and commentaries.
Mahabharat is a very complex topic, but Dr Pattanaik makes it so interesting to read and even more to listen to, it's simply awesome. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
I was not sure what to expect. But was pleasantly surprised with the audio version of this book. I am looking forward to more books from Devdutta.
the story, the history, the authors explanation of the customs.
we cant finish this in one sitting
I really enjoyed it and understood for the first time in my life.
Capturing. May be I found it very interesting as I could correlate well with lots of names, customs described, locations, fictions versus reality and explanation of vedas.
It certainly will be a very flat and boring book to read.
Mahabharat Simplified or Live through Mahabharat
I am not sure. I am not a writer. I just enjoy listening.
Condensed version that it is of the Mahabharata, the company that does the production of this does a very good job. It all feels very animated and brings it to life.
A great companion book would be Krishna Krishna by Indra Parthasarathy which is available on audible. Using the platform of the Mahabharata it really brings the person who Krishna is to life as well as giving some great commentary on the Mahabharata.
While all the characters are brought to life, Draupadi and Krishna were my personal favorites.
The ending provoked tears of joy at the conclusion... Jaya! - Spiritual victory
In three words, this is a great read for folks who cannot understand Indian languages. This works even better for people of subcontinental origin who has already has rough idea of the story but has no clue about various chapters
I was amazed to know various stories which i have never heard of before. One example is the kaurava brothers awaiting Yudhistara in paradise!
Song of God, The entire chapter came out wonderful
Life of human beings
I purchased the audible version of this book because it was inexpensive. I have been thoroughly entertained and enlightened by this version of the Mahabharata. Is is the full Mahabharata? No, but Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik has selected certain stories from the whole that highlight the family relationships and the historical decisions that led to the war. The book reading was a bit fast for my western ears so I turned it to 1/2 speed and it was very enjoyable.
I was also impressed by the many references to individual folk stories and plays from the different regions where the Mahabharata has traveled.
If you are new to the Mahabharata, I would recommend this version to get started to learn the overall main theme of the epic.
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