The Mahabharata is rich in tales of gods and heroes, mystics and demons, and it is through these tales that its profound spiritual message unfolds.
The present selection of tales retold by Sri Chinmoy is fascinating because of what the author brings to their telling. Firstly, he is a storyteller, and the stories are ones which he learned as a child in his native India. They are told with all the charm of the spoken world and with some of the wide-eyed wonder with which he must first had heard them. Secondly, he is a poet, and his style, simple but lyrical, matches the subtlety and resonance of the original which was, after all, conceived as an epic poem. Finally, and most important of all, Sri Chinmoy is a contemporary spiritual teacher whose depth of vision goes straight to the heart of the stories, bringing out their inner message, their very essence. It is this insight which makes his versions of these tales so beautiful and so memorable.
Stories from The Mahabharata
by Sri Chinmoy
- The Souce of the Mahabharata’s
- The Family Tree
- Arjuna’s Choice
- In the Forest
- Vishma’s Birth
Listen to Audio Recording of stories from the Mahabharata by Prachar Steggeman
– Essay on Mahabharata by Sri Aurobindo