Characters are Akin to Shadows The principles and tenets symbolized by the Devas and the Asuras in the Vedic lore have been clearly, vividly unraveled in the characters of the Pandavas and Kauravas. In the backdrop of this stream of thought, it is indeed appropriate to regard the characters of the Mahabharata as metaphors and akin to shadows. The Kurukshetra war symbolizes that confrontation which occurs and should occur within us among the...
 
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yadihAsti tadanyatra yannEhAsti na tat kvacit || (Adi Parva: 56:33)  That which exists in the Mahabharata exists everywhere in the world.That which is not in the Mahabharata does not exist anywhere else. Such laudatory exclamations, and the eulogies of the greatness of Bhagavan Veda Vyasa, the architect of Indian culture and civilization, are plentiful. Even if we regard the Mahabharata merely as a work of literature, it continues to stand...
 
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