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The Mystery of the Mahabharata (5 Vols-Set)

N V Thadani, Bharatiya Kala Prakashan, 2007, Reprint, 1476 p, 5 Vols, ISBN : 8180901319, $190.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

The Mystery of the Mahabharata/N.V. Thadani

Contents: Vol. I. Preface. Introduction. 1. The meaning of the Mahabharata. 2. A new language. 3. The systems of Hindu thought. 4. The Golden egg and the universe. 5. Theories and their application. 6. The origin and character of Sanskrt. 7. The method of interpretation. 8. The hymns of the Vedas. 9. The Gods of the Vedas. Index.

Vol. II. Preface. 1. The science and philosophy of the Vedas. 2. Brahmanda and the Vedic Gods. 3. Vedic Gods and systems of philosophy. 4. Vedic Gods and systems of Hindu philosophy. 5. The ascending and descending scales of thought. 6. The essence of the Upanisads. 7. Satapatha Brahmana or creative sacrifice. 8. The theory of Hindu religion. 9. The systems of Hindu religion: i. The religion of Visnu. 10. ii. The religion of Mahadeva. 11. iii. The religion of Brahma. 12. iv. The religion of Buddha. 13. v. The religion of Jaina. 14. vi. The Tantra or Sakti worship. 15. Hindu thought and the Holy Bible. Index.

Vol. III. Introduction. I. The story of the epic: i. Adi Parva: 1. The birth of heroes. 2. The house of Lac. 3. The marriage of Draupadi. 4. Three new brides of Arjuna. 5. The burning of Khandava forest. II. Sabha Parva: 6. The Assembly hall of Yudhisththira. 7. The game of dice. III. Vana Parva: 8. In the forest. 9. The mission of Arjuna. 10. The pilgrimage of the Pandavas. 11. The period of probation. IV. Virata Parva: 12. In the kingdom of Virata. V. Udyoga Parva: 13. Preparations for war. 14. The messengers of peace. 15. The mission of Krsna. VI. Bhishma Parva: 16. The field of battle. 17. The Bhagavad Gita. 18. Bhisma's battle of ten days. VII. Drona Parva: 19. Drona's battle of five days. VIII. Karna Parva: 20. Karna's battle of two days. IX. Salya Parva: 21. The defeat of Kauravas. X. Sauptika Parva: 22. The slaughter in sleep. XI. Stri Parva: 23. The wail of women. XII. Santi Parva: 24. The philosophy of peace. XIII. Anusasana Parva: 25. The science of the soul. XIV. Asvamedha Parva: 26. The sacrifice of the horse. XV. Asramavasika Parva: 27. The death of Dhrtarastra. XVI. Mausala Parva: 28. The passing of Krishna. XVII. Mahaprasthana Parva: 29. The passing of the Pandavas. XVIII. Svargarohanika Parva: 30. The ascent to heaven. II. The essence of the epic: 1. The problem of the Mahabharata. 2. The method of interpretation. 3. The plan of the Mahabharata. 4. The history of the Mahabharata. 5. The essence of the epic: i. Adi Parva. 6. Sabha Parva: ii. Sabha Parva. 7. iii. Vana Parva. 8. iv. Virata Parva. 9. v. Udyoga Parva. 10. vi. Bhishma Parva. 11. vii. Drona Parva. 12. viii. Karna Parva. 13. ix. Salya Parva. 14. x. Sauptika Parva. 15. xi. Stri Parva. 16. xii. Santi Parva. 17. xiii. Anusasana Parva. 18. xiv. Asvamedha Parva. 19. xv. Asramavasika Parva. 20. xvi. Mausala Parva. 21. xvii. Mahaprasthana Parva. 22. xviii. Svargarohanika Parva. Index.

Vol. IV. The Explanations of the Epic, Part--I. Introduction. I. Adi Parva: 1. Introduction. 2. The birth of heroes or the systems of philosophy personified. 3. Kunti and Karna or earth and the vegetable kingdom. 4. The five Pandava brothers or the birth of man. 5. Krpa and Drona or the teachers of Jainism and Buddhism. 6. Drupada and Drona or the idea of sacrifice in Jainism and Buddhism. 7. The proficiency of the princes or the progress of man from Jainism to Buddhism. 8. The house of lac or the progress of man from Buddhism to Saivism. 9. The wedding of Draupadi or man understands the nature of sacrifice. 10. The division of the kingdom or the connection between Saivism and Buddhism. 11. The exile of Arjuna or the functions of Prana or Breath. 12. The burning of the Khandava forest or man is established in Saivism. II. Sabha Parva: 13. The Assembly Hall of Yudhisthira or a picture of Saivism. 14. The Assembly Hall of the Kauravas or a picture of Buddhism and Jainism. 15. The game of Dice or Jainism versus Saivism. 16. The anguish of Draupadi or sacrifice and the idea of God. III. Vana Parva: 17. On the banks of the Ganga or the progress of man from Nyaya to the Vaisesika. 18. In the Kamyaka forest or the character and scope of the Vaisesika. 19. The forest of Dvaita or the progress of man from Vaisesika to Yoga. 20. The Mission of Arjuna or man attains to Yoga-Vedanta or qualified monism. 21. The pilgrimage of the Pandavas or self-realisation of Buddhi, mind and the senses. 22. The visit of Krsna or a review of the progress of man. 23. Duryodhana in Dvaitavana or the idea of Buddhi in qualified Monism and in Buddhism and Jainism. 24. Karna's conquest of the world or the idea of sacrifice in the Sankhya. 25. Jayadratha and Draupadi or sacrifice in relation to Buddhism and Jainism. 26. The stories of Rama and Savitri or sacrifice in Vaisnavism. 27. Karna and Indra or the true sacrifice of food. 28. The questions of the crane or the end of qualified monism. IV. Virata Parva: 29. The Pandvas in the Kingdom of Virata or pure Vedanta in the world of life. 30. Kicaka and Draupadi or the idea of sacrifice in pure Vedanta and other systems. 31. The cows of Virata or the proof of Vedanta. 32. Uttara, Arjuna and Abhimanyu or the character of the soul in Yoga-Vedanta. Index.

Vol. V. The Explanations of the Epic, Part--II. V. Udyoga Parva: 33. Preparations for war or the character of rival systems of thought. 34. The mission of Sanjaya or the connecting link between conflicting systems of thought. 35. The discourse of Sanat-Sujata or the conversion of Dhrtarastra. 36. The mission of Krsna or Buddhism and the idea of God. 37. Krsna and Karna or food and the idea of God. 38. Kunti and Karna or earth, food, and man. 39. The commanders of armies or a review of conflicting systems of thought. VI. Bhisma Parva: 40. The field of battle or preparations for a debate. 41. The Bhagavad Gita or an epitome of the epic and of all systems of philosophy and religion. 42. Bhisma's battle of ten days or the conflict of Nyaya and Yoga-Vedanta. VII. Drona Parva: 43. Drona's battle of five days or the conflict of Vaisesika and Yoga-Vedanta. VIII. Karna Parva: 44. Karna's battle of two days or the conflict of Sankhya and Yoga-Vedanta. IX. Salya Parva: 45. Salya's fight for half a day or the conflict of Sankhya-Nyaya and Yoga-Vedanta. 46. The forlorn hope of Duryodhana or the conflict of Vaisesika-Nyaya and Yoga-Vedanta. X. Sauptika Parva: 47. The slaughter in sleep or the essence of sacrifice. XI. Stri Parva: 48. The wail of women or a vision of prakrti. XII. Santi Parva: 49. The path of peace or from Jainism and Buddhism to Yoga-Vedanta. XIII. Anusasana Parva: 50. The eternal law or the truth of pure Vedanta. XIV. Asvamedha Parva: 51. The sacrifice of the horse or the essence of the idea of God. XV. Asrama-Vasika Parva: 52. The death of Dhrtarastra or the decline of man from Vaisnavism to Saivism. XVI. Mausala Parva: 53. The bolt of iron or the passing of Krsna or God. XVII. Mahaprasthana Parva: 54. The passing of the Pandavas or the decline of man from Saivism to Buddhism and Jainism. XVIII. Svargarohanika Parva: 55. In the Kingdom of heaven or the end. Appendix: The cause and cure consumption and cancer. Glossary. Index.

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