Adhyatma Chintane – Issue #8: The Meaning of the Word “Mahabharata”

by Vinaya HS on June 11, 2007

in Spirituality

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Namaskara,

Today, we will learn the meaning of the term “Mahabharata.”

“Mahatvat bharavatvat cha MahaBharatham uchyate.”

Meaning of the shloka: Since the epic is of great significance and it is very heavy it was called “Mahabharatha.”

The Mahabharatha contains one lac (100,000) shlokas and is most likely the largest epic ever written. All of us should make an attempt to read it once. We should remember that it is just not a story of two families fighting for some kingdom. The epic is filled with learnings at every step. You should know that modern management education often refers to the “Bhagavadh Gita” (song of the Lord) to find solutions for problems.

One more interesting story about the Mahabharatha is that a “Tulabhara” (weighing scale with two pans) was done. On one side the epic of Mahabharatha was kept and on the other all the other Vedas and Upanishads were kept. However the pan on which the “Mahabharatha” was kept never moved.

Feel free to offer your suggestion or correct any mistake in the comments section.

Naham Kartha Harih Kartha

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