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History of Christian Thought/ Hindu Tradition/ Greek Philosophical Thought.
Religion and Theology
Pages 10 (2510 words)
Essay 1 The epic Mahabharata represents different real facts of life and society through its different stories and characters. Analyzing these clues help one relate the ancient epic to the Hindu society, relationships and related aspects of India and the Hindu religious beliefs.
For his father’s happiness after his remarriage Bhisma took a vow that he would never be the king nor would he marry. Instead he would devote all his energy to make his race the strongest one on land (Bucks, 21). Evidences are there in the story that such vows were really important and individuals never dare to break them in their entire lifetime. This is shown during King Shantanu’s conversation with Ganga before their marriage where the king vows that he would never ask her name, nor speak to her unkindly or interfere in anything she does. Else Ganga is bound to leave him (Bucks, 18). As soon as king asks Ganga not end his child’s life, bound by the vows Ganga left him (Bucks, 21). Vows were considered to be that important by the society that individuals sacrificed their desires and devoted his entire life in maintenance of the vow. Once a promise made could not be broken within lifetime. King Pandu’s Children Throughout the epic Mahabharata the author has shown how people had to suffer for their sins created even it was created unconsciously or without such intentions. The case of King Pandu is an example of the moral teaching. King Pandu during his dwelling in the forest had once killed a pair of deer when they were making love for which he received the curse that he would also face death in a similar situation. ...
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