The Book of Yudhishthira (Krishnavatara Vol. VII) by K.M.Munshi

The Book of Yudhishthira (Krishnavatara Vol. VII)

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Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi's versatility and achievements were in a way unique. He was an eminent lawyer, one of the framers of India's Constitution and a seasoned statesman. Coming under the inspiring influence of Sri Aurobindo during his student days, Munshi had been an ardent fighter for India's freedom, working at different stages in close association with Jinnah, Tilak, Besant, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Pandit Nehru. His achievements as Home Minister of Bombay in 1937, as India's food Minister and as Governor of Uttar Pradesh had been characterized by rare courage and decisive energy.

Acknowledged as the foremost writer in modern Gujarati literature, he has to his credit a vast and varied literature including novels, dramas, memoirs and history in Gujarati, as also several historical and other works in English, notably Gujarat and Its Literature, "Imperial Gurjaras", "Creative Art of Life", "To Badrinath", "The End of an Era", "Krishnavatara", "Bhagavad Gita and Modern Life", "Saga of Indian Sculpture", "Bhagawan Parashurama", "Tapasvini" and "Prithvi Vallabh"

Preface

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan-that Institute of Indian Culture in Bombay-needed a Book University, a series of books which, if read, would serve the purpose of providing higher education. Particular emphasis, however, was to be put on such literature as revealed the deeper impulsions of India. As a first step, it was decided to bring out in English 100 books, 50 of which were to be taken in hand almost at once.

It is our intention to publish the books we select, not only in English, but also in the following Indian languages: Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

This scheme, involving the publication of 900 volumes, requires ample funds and an all Indian organization. The Bhavan is exerting its utmost to supply them.

The objectives for which the Bhavan stands are the reintegration of Indian culture in the light of modern knowledge and to suit our present day needs and the resuscitation of its fundamental values in their pristine vigour.

Let me make our goal more explicit:

We seek the dignity of man, which necessarily implies the creation of social condition which would allow him freedom to evolve along the lines of his own temperament and capacities; we seek the harmony of individual efforts and social relations, not in any make-shift way, but within the frame-work of the Moral Order; we seek the creative art of life, by the alchemy of which human limitations are progressively transmuted, so that man become the instrument of God, and is able to see Him in all and all in Him.

The world, we feel, is too much with us. Nothing would uplift or inspire us so much as the beauty and aspiration which such books can teach.

In this series, therefore, the literature of India, ancient and modern, will be published in a form easily accessible to all. Books in other literatures of the world, if they illustrate the principles we stand for, will also be included.

This common pool of literature, it is hoped , will enable the reader, eastern or western, to understand and appreciate currents of world thought, as also the movements of the mind in India, which, though they flow through different linguistic channels, have a common urge and aspiration.

Fittingly, the Book University's first venture is the Mahabharat, summarised by one of the greatest living Indians, C. Rajagopalachari; the second work is on a section of it, the Gita, by H.V.Divatia, an eminent jurist and a student of philosophy. Centuries ago, it was proclaimed of the Mahabharata. "What is not in it , is nowhere." After twenty-five centuries, we can use the same words about it. He who knows it not, knows not the heights and depths of the soul; he misses the trials and tragedy and the beauty and grandeur of life.

The Mahabharata is not a mere epic; it is a romance, telling the tale of heroic men and women and of some who were divine; it is a whole literature itself, containing a code of life, a philosophy of social and ethical relations, and speculative thought on human problems that is hard to rival; but above all, it has for its core the Gita, which is, as the world is beginning to find out, the noblest of scriptures and the grandest of sagas in which the climax is reached in the wondrous apocalypse in the Eleventh Canto.

Through such books alone the harmonies under lying true culture, I am convinced, will one day reconcile the disorders of modern life.

I thank all those who have helped to make this new branch of the Bhavan's activity successful.

 

C O N T E N T S
KRISHNAVATARA
Volume VII
THE BOOK OF YUDHISHTHIRA
Chpter Page
INTRODUCTION vii
Prologue xiii
Characters in this Story xvi
1. Yudhishthir's Dilemma 1
2. The Father's Message 8
3. Rajasuya-To be performed or not to be Performed 17
4. Meghasandhi's Message 24
5. The Three Visitors 32
6. The Wrath of the Gods 41
7. Bhima Plans A Digvijaya 49
8. A Strange Arrival 56
9. Agrapuja to shree Krishna 64
10. The Chakra 69
11. The Prediction 74
12. Uncle Vidura Brings A Message 81
13. A Challenge to the Master's Prediction 87
14. Draupadi Protests 95
15. Duryodhana Makes a Request 98
16. Yudhishthira seeks a Favour 103
17. The Throne Hall 107
18. Let the Game Begin 110
19. Shakuni at his Best 114
20. We have won 118
21. Draupadi is Dragged into the Throne Hall 123
22. Krishna! Krishna!Where are you ? 129
23. The Supreme Mandate 135
24. To The Forest 138
Volume VIII
The Book Of Kurukshetra
Chapter Page
1. Agrapujaa 149
2. The Challenge 154
3. The New Shape of Dwaraka 159
4. Mayavati 164
5. Through the Desert 169
6. Face to Face 174
7. The Mugg Fort 179
8. The Prison of Rose Buds 183
9. The Mandate 188
10. On the Battle-Field 195
11. Shalva Laughs 200
12. Prabhavati Makes up her Mind 205
13. The Mother Arrives 211

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