This book contains all Sri Aurobindo's independent prose writings on the Mahabharata, as well as all
his translation of passages from the epic, including the first six chapters of the bhagavad Gita. in his
main essay, Sri Aurobindo examines Vyasa's poetic style brings out his "peculiar appeal to humanity."
"Vyasa is the most masculine of writers. He has that is to say the masculine qualities restraint,
dignity, indifference to ornament, strength without ostentation, energy economised, a strong, pure and
simple taste, a high & great spirit, more than any writer I know.
"The style of this powerful writer is perhaps the one example in literature of strength in its purity;
a strength undefaced by violence & excess yet not weakened by flagging and negligence."
This book contains all Sri Aurobindo's independent prose
writings on the Mahabharata, as well as all his translations
of passages from the epic. These writings and translations
were done at various times between 1893 and 1902, when
Sri Aurobindo was living in Baroda. A few paragraphs on
the Mahabharata, written in Pondicherry in 1920, have been
included in an appendix.
The essays and translations in this book (with the exception
of the Gita translation) were first published together in 1991 in a
book titled On the Mahabharata. The present work is a revised
version of that book, brought out under a new title.
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