The comprehensive picture drawn here of Vyasa in the MBh includes his functions as seer, priest, ascetic, and spiritual preceptor. Of all the epic’s, Vyasa is the one who most closely corresponds to the idea of brahminhood promulgated by the dharma literature and the MBh’s Shanti Parvan - The section of the epic having the greater similarity to the dharma literature.
Give lettered pomp to teeth of Time,So "Bonnie Doon" but tarry;Blot out the epic’s stately rhyme,But spare his "Highland Mary!"john greenleaf whittier
Many "educated citizens" take it for granted that reality is what scientists say it is and that other opinions may be recorded, but need not be taken seriously. But science offers not one story, it offers many; the stories clash and their relation to a story-independent "reality" is as problematic as the relation of the Homeric epics to an alleged "Homeric world."paul karl feyerabend
The songs of Thyagaraja reflect the spiritual climate of the Vedas and the Upanishads and also implied teachings of the epics and the puranas.Venugopal, in "I Want To Be In The Creative Field", 3E (1 November 2009), P.xxxii
Can you help save one person...? That would be great wouldn’t it? The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world .C.S.Lewis, in “The Road to Begin Your Life ((27 September 2007))”, 58
Vyasa’s activities in the MBh cover the full range of activities traditionally deemed appropriate for a brahmin. Unquestionably Vyasa is the epic’s foremost expert on the Veda and the ritual activity enjoined by the Veda. Having rearranged the one Veda into four texts, Vyasa taught those to his five pupils along with MBh as the fifth Veda.In p,51
The more important Puranas or ancient tales ...were written somewhere between 300 AD and 1200 AD and rank next to the epics in their influence on the masses as they seek to evoke religious devotion through myths, stories, and legends.Gurinder Singh Mann
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