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Harish Johari’s revelations on the lessons and predictions in this classic Indian epic

• Examines the lessons of the main characters in the Mahabharata and how each symbolizes an aspect of human consciousness

• Explains dharma in modern terms, shedding light on major events in our time

• Contains a modern retelling of the Bhagavad Gita, the essence of Indian philosophy

• Includes teachings on the relationship between energy, the elements, and the chakras and on the causes for war in this epic story

• Compiled and Edited by Wil Geraets

Harish Johari (1934-1999), the distinguished North Indian author and Tantric scholar, spent a lifetime studying the Mahabharata and the lessons it contains. Known the world over for its famous chapters on the story of the hero Arjuna and the Bhagavad Gita, this ancient epic is more than just stories. As Johari reveals, the Mahabharata’s teaching tales contain insight on justice and injustice, individual and cosmic consciousness, Indian philosophy, and the four eras of humankind, including our current era, the Kali Yuga.

Based on numerous talks given by Johari, this book presents the deeper layers of the Mahabharata, revealing its wisdom and teachings in a contemporary and often entertaining way. Examining the lessons of the main characters and how each symbolizes an aspect of human consciousness, Johari explores the lives of Bhishma and Arjuna, the events in the Pandava and Kaurava families leading up to their battle at Kurukshetra, lesser-known stories such as the tale of Karna’s previous life as a demon, and a modern retelling of the Bhagavad Gita. Johari explains the complex concept of dharma in present-day language, shedding light on events unfolding in our current age, the Kali Yuga, and offers insights on the relationship between energy, the elements, and the chakras and on the causes for war in this epic story.

Synopsis:

Harish Johari’s revelations on the lessons and predictions in this classic Indian epic

• Examines the lessons of the main characters in the Mahabharata and how each symbolizes an aspect of human consciousness

• Explains dharma in modern terms, shedding light on major events in our time

• Contains a modern retelling of the Bhagavad Gita, the essence of Indian philosophy

• Includes teachings on the relationship between energy, the elements, and the chakras and on the causes for war in this epic story

• Compiled and Edited by Wil Geraets

Harish Johari (1934-1999), the distinguished North Indian author and Tantric scholar, spent a lifetime studying the Mahabharata and the lessons it contains. Known the world over for its famous chapters on the story of the hero Arjuna and the Bhagavad Gita, this ancient epic is more than just stories. As Johari reveals, the Mahabharata’s teaching tales contain insight on justice and injustice, individual and cosmic consciousness, Indian philosophy, and the four eras of humankind, including our current era, the Kali Yuga.

Based on numerous talks given by Johari, this book presents the deeper layers of the Mahabharata, revealing its wisdom and teachings in a contemporary and often entertaining way. Examining the lessons of the main characters and how each symbolizes an aspect of human consciousness, Johari explores the lives of Bhishma and Arjuna, the events in the Pandava and Kaurava families leading up to their battle at Kurukshetra, lesser-known stories such as the tale of Karna’s previous life as a demon, and a modern retelling of the Bhagavad Gita. Johari explains the complex concept of dharma in present-day language, shedding light on events unfolding in our current age, the Kali Yuga, and offers insights on the relationship between energy, the elements, and the chakras and on the causes for war in this epic story.

About the Author

Wil Geraets has been a student of Harish Johari since 1978. He began transcribing these talks as a way to cope with Johari’s death in 1999. A scientific researcher with a Ph.D. in experimental physics, he lives in the Netherlands.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One

Setting the Scene

1    Dharma in the Mahabharata and in Life

2    The Four Ages of Time

3    Power and Penance

4    Wish-fulfilling Trees and Cows

5    Curses and Promises

Part Two

The Story of “Great India”

6    Shantanu, Ganga, and the Birth of Bhishma

7    Satyavati, Shantanu, and Bhishma’s Terrible Vow

8    Tangled Dynasty

9    The Birth and Abandonment of Karna

10    Birth of the Kauravas and Pandavas

11    Drona, Drupada, and the Legacy of Revenge

12    How the Pandavas Got Married

13    Yudhishthira Gambles and Loses Everything

14    Forest Exile

15    Devayani and Kacha

16    Arjuna in Heaven

17    Preparations for War

Part Three

The Bhagavad Gita

18    Arjuna Refuses to Fight

19    Fighting for Justice and Truth

20    Krishna Shows Arjuna His Glorious Shape

Part Four

War and Its Aftermath

21    The Start of the War

22    Corpses of Three Generations

23    Kunti Loses Her First Son

24    Duryodhana’s Defeat

25    Picking Up the Pieces

26    Arrival of Kali Yuga

Epilogue: Mahabharata and the Game of Life

Index

About Harish Johari

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594773792
Author:
Geraets, Wil
Publisher:
Destiny Books
Subject:
Hinduism - Sacred Writings
Subject:
Hinduism -- History.
Subject:
Hinduism - Theology
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-Sacred Writings
Subject:
CONSCIOUSNESS;PHILOSOPHY;EASTERN PHILOSOPHY;EASTERN PHILOSOPHY/NEW AGE;EASTERN RELIGION;EASTERN RELIGIONS;HINDUISM;HINDUISM/MYTHOLOGY;RELIGION;RELIGIONS
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in 14.91 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Harish Johari’s revelations on the lessons and predictions in this classic Indian epic

• Examines the lessons of the main characters in the Mahabharata and how each symbolizes an aspect of human consciousness

• Explains dharma in modern terms, shedding light on major events in our time

• Contains a modern retelling of the Bhagavad Gita, the essence of Indian philosophy

• Includes teachings on the relationship between energy, the elements, and the chakras and on the causes for war in this epic story

• Compiled and Edited by Wil Geraets

Harish Johari (1934-1999), the distinguished North Indian author and Tantric scholar, spent a lifetime studying the Mahabharata and the lessons it contains. Known the world over for its famous chapters on the story of the hero Arjuna and the Bhagavad Gita, this ancient epic is more than just stories. As Johari reveals, the Mahabharata’s teaching tales contain insight on justice and injustice, individual and cosmic consciousness, Indian philosophy, and the four eras of humankind, including our current era, the Kali Yuga.

Based on numerous talks given by Johari, this book presents the deeper layers of the Mahabharata, revealing its wisdom and teachings in a contemporary and often entertaining way. Examining the lessons of the main characters and how each symbolizes an aspect of human consciousness, Johari explores the lives of Bhishma and Arjuna, the events in the Pandava and Kaurava families leading up to their battle at Kurukshetra, lesser-known stories such as the tale of Karna’s previous life as a demon, and a modern retelling of the Bhagavad Gita. Johari explains the complex concept of dharma in present-day language, shedding light on events unfolding in our current age, the Kali Yuga, and offers insights on the relationship between energy, the elements, and the chakras and on the causes for war in this epic story.

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