A Memo about the Women in the Mahabharata This article looks at some inspirational women in the Mahabharata in the context of the Anti-Diversity Memo circulated by a Google Employee

A recent controversy has erupted in Google with an employee writing an internal memo against gender diversity and equality. Its now known as the anti-diversity memo. This memo was 10 pages long and has been going viral on social media. Google has fired the employee and the VP of Diversity, Integrity and Governance has issued a statement on Google’s commitment […]

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Mahabharata: Adi Parva 8

Kurukshetra, Vishwamitra and Vashishtha Kurukshetra was so named because that kshetra-that field, was actually Kuru’s place of penance, and hence, a very powerful field. He also explains the story of Vasishta and Vishwamitra. Vishwamitra was actually in the line of Kushikas, and hence he was called Kaushika. He was a powerful king, and the son of Gadhi. Once, he happens […]

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QA: On Lamentations

The topic of death is very sensitive. We often read that Kshatriyas should not lament for death. Why is it said so? See, different tattvas are looked at. It is important to understand these principles. If we don’t understand, we will not be able to know where to apply what. Basically it is very important to see where to apply […]

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Mahabharata: Adi Parva Part 7

The Pandavas at Ekachakra The Pandavas, along with Kunti, as per Vyasa Maharishi’s advice, go to Ekachakra, which though under a particular king, is not sufficiently protected by that king, and hence has fallen in the hands of an asura-Bakasura. The deal is that instead of Bakasura deliberately killing and murdering people, each family will take turns to give him […]

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Mahabharata: Adi Parva Part 6

Drona Becomes the Teacher of the Kuru Boys After the Pandavas and Kauravas grow up, the elders of the Kuru dynasty decide that it is time for some rigorous training, and hence Kripacharya is appointed as their teacher. Kripa’s sister is Kripi, who is married to Dronacharya. Drona is the son of Maharishi Bharadwaja. ’Drona’ means –‘pot born’, because Bharadwaja’s […]

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Mahabharata: Adi Parva Part 5

One day Shantanu sees Satyavati and falls in love with her. He approaches her father, and her father lays down conditions which Shantanu is not ready to meet. And hence he comes back to his kingdom, Hastinapura. Devavrata comes to know of this. He pursues Satyavati’s father and asks for Satyavati’s hand in marriage for his father. Satyavati’s father lays […]

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Kanika’s Koota Niti

In the Mahabharata Dritharashtra receives advice from Kanika, the crafty advisor which eventually provoked Dritharashtra to plan the killing of Kunti and the Pandavas in the lac house. Kanika’s advice comes under “koota niti” a niti which is employed to destroy the enemies. The actions of the kings depended on the advice they were receiving and Kanika’s crooked thinking had […]

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Mahabharata: Adi Parva Part 4

Story of Bharata   Bharata’s parents are Shakuntala and Dushyanata. Shakuntala is the daughter of Vishwamitra and Menaka. Vishwamitra was growing in power, in tapas shakti, and Indra was a bit afraid of him and sends the apsara Menaka. Vishwamitra is seduced by Menaka and out of that union is born Shakuntala. Menaka leaves Shakuntala in bhooloka and returns to […]

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Mahabharata: Adi Parva Part 3

Highlights of the story so far Ugrashrava Sauti starts narrating the Mahabharata to the sages assembled in Naimisaranya vana He starts with Janamejaya’s sacrifice. An overview of all the parvas is given. The story of Samanthapanchaka lake and how Bhargava eliminated the kshatriyas is mentioned. Janamejeya looks for a preceptor for the yagna he is about to conduct and requests […]

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Mahabharata : Adi Parva: Part 2

  Pauloma parva Pauloma parva describes Bhrigu’s lineage. Bhrigu marries Puloma after whom the parva is named. After their marriage, one day, a rakshasa named Puloma actually carries her away with Agni as his sakshi, witness. At that time Pauloma was pregnant and she happened to deliver her son Chyavana. Chyavana, in his splendor, burns the rakshasa to ashes. Bhrigu, […]

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