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The Mahabharata is said to have been written by Sage Vyasa sometime between 400 B.C. and 200 A.D. The word Maha in sanskrit is an adjective that means something that is great or extraoridary and Bharata is India, but this Epic is about much more than just India. It transcends culture and religion and at the very core of the ancient storyline lies a simple theme that all of mankind can relate too. It is a story of good versus evil, of families in turmoil, of jealousy and betrayal and at the heart of it all, a fight for the truth.

The Mahabharata is the longest and, arguably, one of the greatest epic poems in any language.
-Columbia University

What is found in this epic may be elsewhere;
What is not in this epic is nowhere else.
-The Mahabharata, condensed from Sanskrit and translated into English by P. Lal.

The story is essentially about the war between the Pandavas, the sons of King Pandu, and the Kauravas, the sons of Pandu's older, blind brother, King Dhritarastra. The Epic is written in eighteen books.

No matter what conditions you encounter in life, your right is only to the works--not to the fruits thereof. You should not be impelled to act for selfish reasons, nor should you be attached to inaction.
-Bhagavad Gita 2.47

Whenever virtue declines and unrighteousness rises, I manifest Myself as an embodied being. To protect the Saints and Sages, to destroy the evil-doers and to establish Dharma(righteousness), I am born from age to age.
-Bhagavad Gita 4.7 and 4.8

Seeing Your great form with many faces, many eyes, many arms, many thighs and feet, and many terrible tusks and stomachs, O Mighty Armed, the worlds are terrified and so am I.
-Bhagavad Gita 11.23

I am pleased to see this universal form which was never seen by me before, and at the same time my mind is terrified with fear. Therefore, please reveal to me Your previous form. O God of Gods, O Refuge of the Universe, be gracious to me.
-Bhagavad Gita 11.45

To those who are constantly devoted and worship Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me.
-Bhagavad Gita 10.10

Out of Compassion for them, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance.
-Bhagavad Gita 10.11

Having seen this terrible form of Mine do not be afraid or bewildered. Rid of fear, with a cheeful heart, now behold again My previous form.
-Bhagavad Gita 11.49

Arjun said: O Janardana, having behld Your human form, I am now free of fear, my mind is composed, I have resumed by normal awareness.
-Bhagavad Gita 11.51

Picking up his conch, the golden Devadatta, Arjun blew on it fiercely; the heavens echoed with the noise, and the chariot warriors stood petrified on the field. Their horses stood paralysed, with eyes wide open ...
-Mahabharata, Book Seven: Drona (P. Lal)

O Countless formed Divinity, You are the First of the Gods, the Supreme Being, the Ancient Self, and You are the resting place of the world. You are the knower, the knowable, and the Supreme Abode of Lord Vishnu. This entire world is pervaded by You.
-Bhagavad Gita 11.38

O God of Incomparable Power, You are the Father of this creation consisting of movables and immovables. You are the Adorable One, The Preceptor, and the Glorius One. There is no equal to You in the three worlds, much less can any one excel You.
-Bhagavad Gita 11.43

Krishna said,"Do you duty, Arjun, as your nature dictates. All work fetters, as all fire gives smoke. Only selfless duty saves. Fix your mind on me. Surrender all deeds to me. All problems will be solved by my grace. Pride will lead only to your moral ruin. If, filled with pride, you say, 'I will not fight,' it is all in vain. You are foolish. Fight you will, your nature will make you fight. Your karma will make you fight. You will fight in spite of yourself."
-Mahabharata, Book Six: Bhishma (P. Lal)

The Blessed Lord said: You are grieving over those who are not fit to be grieved for, yet you speak words like a great man of wisdom. But the wise do not grieve neither over the living nor over the dead. Never did I not exist, nor did you nor these kings. Nor shall we ever cease to exist in the future.
-Bhagavad Gita 2.11 and 2.12

Krishna drove the white-horsed chariot to where Bhishma stood, shining like the sun. Obscured by an arrowy shower from Bhishma, Arjun's chariot was hidden from view, but Krishna, with great skill and patience, drove the wounded horsed through. With his cloud-booming Gandiva bow, Arjun shot Bhishma's bow out of his hands.
-Mahabharata, Book Six: Bhishma(P. Lal)

Urged on by Krishna, Arjun displayed his full prowess. He seemed like the Destroyer himself at the end of creation. Many heroes, hoping to win glory and with death as their goal, came befoe Arjun as he let loose his shafts. They fell by the thousands. Arjun carved a parth through the Kauravas.
-Mahabharata, Book Six: Bhishma(Krishna Dharma)

Krishna drove the horses forward and the fine chariot moved into the center of the field. Krishna smiled. "Just behold, O Arjun, all the Kurus assembled here." Arjun looked across the field. Krishna could understnad Arjun's mind. The long-awaited time for war had arrived--a terrible fratricidal war. There was now no turning back. Suddenly seeing the horror of it before him, Arjun gazed at his relatives and friends arrayed across from him--med who were like fathers, brothers, sons, and grandsons, as well as teachers, uncles, friends, in-laws, and well-wishers.
-Mahabharata, Book Six: Bhishma(Krishna Dharma)

Life without Krishna has no joy for me. Tell me what is good for me. I am a wanderer with a hollow heart.
-Mahabharata, Book Sixteen: The Battle With Clubs

Arjun chose Krishna, though Krishna had vowed to lay down his arms on the battlefield ...
... Krishna asked: "Why did you pick me, knowing I would not fight?"
"I can handle the soldiers myself, O Krishna, if I have your presence to give me moral support. Some of your glory will surely rub off on me."
-Mahabharata, Book Five: War Preparations(P.Lal)

Krishna threw down the reins and leapt from the chariot. Taking up a nearby chariot wheel, he raised it above his head as if it were his own favorite weapon, the Sudarshan chakra. He ran toward Bhishma as a lion might run at an elephant. The end of his yellow silk garment fluttered in the dusty air, resembling lightning dancing in a dark cloud. The wheel in his hand seemed to glow with his own effulgence, and it looked as beautiful as the primeval lotus from which Brahma was born. Krishna's dark arm appeared like the stalk of the lotus, and his charming face, covered with beads of perspiration, was its filament.
-Mahabharata, Book Six: Bhishma(Krishna Dharma)

Pandu's sons sat silently, overtaken with affection for their dying grandfather. Seeing this, Bhishmadeva was himself overwhelmed with love. Tears sprang to his eyes and he said, trembling, "Oh, my dear son Yudhisthir, what terrible sufferings and injustices you good souls have suffered, even though you are the son of relion personified. Only because you were protected by the brahmins, religion and the Supreme Lord himself did you manage to survive."
-Mahabharata, Book Twelve: Consolation(Krishna Dharma)

The Blessed Lord said: This form of Mine that you have seen is very difficult to behold; even gods are ever desirous of beholding this form.
-Bhagavad Gita 11.52

O Arjun, the scorcher of your foes, it is by single minded deovtion alone that I can be known, seen in reality, and also entered into. O Son of Pandu, he who performs actions for Me, who considers Me as the Supreme Goal, who is My devotee, and is devoid of attachments; who is without animosity towards all living beings, he alone attains Me.
-Bhagavad Gita 11.54 and 11.55

Deciding to surrender himself to whatever Krishna advised, Arjun said,"O Krishna, I am confused about my duty and have lost all composure due to weakness of heart. Surely I am being consumed by miserly and selfish considerations, but I am not able to overcome them. In this condition I ask you to please tell me what is best for me. Now I am your disciple and a soul surrendered unto you. Please instruct me. I can see no means to drive away this grief. Even winning a prosperious kingdom equal to that of the gods will not assuage my sorrow. O Govinda, I will not fight."
-Mahabharata, Book Six: Bhishma(Krishna Dharma)

Krishna now smiled more broadly. he was pleased that Arjun, his dear friend, was ready to accept him as teacher and guide. Holding up his hand in blessing, he said, "Although you are speaking learned words from the scriptures, you are still mourning for something unworthy of grief. A wise man laments neither for the living nor the dead. Both you, I and all these assembled kshatriyas have always existed and will always exist. We are eternal souls, passing from body to body.
-Mahabharata, Book Six: Bhishma(Krishna Dharma)

He who sees me in all things, and all things in me, is never far from me, and I am never far from him.
-Lord Krishna from Chapter 6, Bhishma(P. Lal); also part of Bhagavad Gita

"O Krishna, son of Devaki,
Lord of the universe, of inexhaustible powers,
Krishna of the blue-lotus skin,
Krishna of the white-lily eyes,
Saffron-robed Krishna,
Help me now!"
-Draupadi's cry to Krishna in Book Three The Forest(P. Lal)

The relation between Lord Krishna and Arjun:

"What will you do if Karna is able to kill me?" Arjun asked Krishna. Krishna smiled and replied, "The sun will fall, the earth shatter into a thousand fragments, and fire lose its heat before he kills you. But if he does, it is a sign that the end of the world has come. As for me, I shall kill him with my bare hands."
-Mahabharata, Book Eight: Karna(P. Lal)

Wherever there is Krishna, the Lord of Yoga, and wherever there is Arjun, the wielder of the bow, there will indeed abide, prosperity, victory, glory, and righteousness; this is my firm conviction.
-Bhagavad Gita 18.78

The Atomic Age:

"...now I am become Death [Shiva], the destroyer of worlds..."

Physicist Robert Oppenheimer, Supervising Scientist of the Manhattan Project
on 16 July 1945 at 0529 HRS,
in the Jornada del Muerto desert near
the Trinity site in the White Sands Missile Range.
... quoting from the Bhagavad-Gita upon witnessing the first atomic detonation by mankind.

The exact quote from the Bhagavad-Gita is:

If the radiance of a thousand suns
Were to burst at once into the sky
That would be like the splendor of the Mighty one ...
I am become Death,
The shatterer of Worlds.

"The Atomic Age began at exactly 5:30 Mountain War Time on the morning of July 15, 1945, on a stretch of semi-desert land about 5 airline miles from Alamogordo, New Mexico. And just at that instance there rose from the bowels of the earth a light not of this world, the light of many suns in one."
William Laurence, New York Times, September 26, 1945

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