Mahabharat Stories: 7 Important Tales From the Epic

Yogi and mystic Sadhguru looks at the essence of what the story of Mahabharat represents, and explores crucial episodes of the epic - from Duryodhana's choices to Krishna's role in Kurukshetra.
Mahabharat Stories: 7 Important Tales From the Epic

Sadhguru looks at the essence of what the story of Mahabharat represents, and explores crucial episodes of the epic - from Duryodhana's choices to Krishna's role in Kurukshetra. Click on each story to read it.

Sadhguru: Essentially, the story is trying to make sure that every kind of human being, from the lowest to the highest possibility, has a role to play. If you involve yourself in the story, you can see yourself playing out so many roles. Are you a Duryodhana, are you a Bhima, are you a Yudhisthara? Every one of the emotions that led these people to grand disasters exists within you, and they are leading you to minor disasters because you are a minor human being compared to them. If you were a very big human being, you would have gotten into big trouble. The Mahabharat is not for entertainment. You can grow out of many things in the process of living through what other people lived through. If you have to live it, it would be too expensive life-wise. Without going through the pain, without going through the drama of those things in your life, you can come out transformed.

Mahabharat Stories

Karna – A Great Being Gone Bad
Karna is among the most popular yet tragic heroes of the epic. What was it that tied Karna to the Kauravas' side despite his noble and honorable character?

Duryodhana’s Big Mistake
This story relates a situation when Krishna was approached to become an ally, by both Duryodhana and Arjuna, as they were building up great armies before the battle at Kurukshetra. Duryodhana‘s attitude and choice cost him dearly, though he doesn’t immediately realize his folly.

No Black and White in Life
Sadhguru looks at Krishna’s offer to Duryodhana to illustrate dharma and adharma, and that there is no black and white in life.

Treachery at Kurukshetra
One of the most confusing aspects of Krishna is his use of deceit during the war. We look at the basis behind these actions through some vividly narrated incidents from the battle.

Krishna’s Game of War
Among the lesser known of the many Mahabharata stories, this short South Indian tale features a king from Udipi and Krishna’s penchant for peanuts.

The Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga of Devotion
Sadhguru looks at the essence of the Gita, and what it means to be a devotee.

Why Is Krishna Blue?
Blue is one aspect of the legend of Krishna that has remain unchanged through time and geography. What is behind this “blue magic?”

Editor's Note: Watch the Leela series, where Sadhguru explores the life and path of Krishna. Available as a free webstream – one part every week.

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6 years 6 months ago


6 years 6 months ago

So lets play this game
Intensely in this living moment
Seeking neither wealth nor fame
But pure bliss the real ornament................

Pranams to Sadhguru

6 years 6 months ago

Sadhguru, I heard above lines in Leela Series as well, and from that moment this is getting over my head if i think on it :) Please bless us to have an experiential glimpse into your insights. Pranams.

6 years 6 months ago

I am kinda disappointed with the Mahabharata war. If this type of war happened today and say they let some king or nation to supply nourishment, then surely someone will bribe them to poison the food.

Jokes apart..In India they say that Krishna actually plotted the Mahabharata. He wanted this war to happen because till that time all the wars were only fought over women. He wanted men to evolve and fight over greater issues, which is fight for righteousness or Dharma.

6 years 5 months ago

Sadhguru, I felt very sorry at times, when I recalled astrological predictions about my life. I often felt the suspense element was absent. Then, when I learnt from a Forest Flower article that my life need not be according to those predictions as a result of my initiation into Shambhavi Mahamudra by YOU, I was delighted. Wish I always know JOY with YOU... SHAMBHO, I BOW DOWN TO YOU. I BOW DOWN TO YOU.

5 years 8 months ago

ya its very nice but have used vey difficult language

5 years 3 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru what was the story narrated by sanjaya

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3 years 3 months ago

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