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The 10th ebook of the good Indian epic, the Mahabharata, the Sauptikaparvan is saturated within the imagery of the top of the realm and the sacrifice of conflict. the 1st entire English translation for over a century and the 1st ever in verse, this version is designed to supply an available advent and access aspect to 1 of the best works of Indian and international literature.

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E. that social and cosmic order (dharma) which has been at risk throughout the entire narrative. The destruction of the Pandava camp and its aftermath is therefore, at one level, perceived as corresponding to Siva's destruction of the world at end of a kalpa, and, at another, to Siva's takeover and threatened destruction of the sacrifice of the gods when he is deprived of his share. But either way, order is finally restored: Earth is relieved of her burden and renewed, the sacrifice—paradoxically but properly completed by SivaAsvatthaman's violent intervention—has, in the shape of Pariksit, a remnant or survivor.

95 Introduction xxxix Significantly, Asvatthaman is described in the midst of the slaughter as being 'drunk' or 'maddened' with sacrifice (8. 81), for this is a sacrifice that has run out of control. At the level of myth, it is Siva's destruction of the sacrifice of the gods (Daksa's sacrifice—retold in Chapter 18) which provides the prototype of just such an out of control sacrifice. 98 Indeed, it is Siva through Asvatthaman who is responsible for the near total slaughter of this near total 'sacrifice'.

A. B. ), The BhagavadgTta in the Mahabharata: Text and Translation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981). Select Bibliography xliii The Mahabharata, Books 1-5, 3 vols. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973-8). This is a translation of Books 1-5 of the Critical Edition, with introductory material and notes. Other Works Basham, A. , The Wonder That Was India (New York: Grove Press, 1959); Benjamin, Walter Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt, trans. Harry Zohn (London: Fontana/Collins, 1973).

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