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May 30, 2019 Scott Mandelker
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Ongoing series of talks on all things metaphysical, spiritual, and cosmological.  By Scott Mandelker
Topics: Law of One, RA Material, Scott Mandelker, Buddhism, Metaphysics, Taoism, Daoism
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Feb 10, 2019 Scott Mandelker
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Ongoing series of talks on all things metaphysical, spiritual, and cosmological.  By Scott Mandelker
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Oct 23, 2018 Scott Mandelker
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Ongoing series of talks on all things metaphysical, spiritual, and cosmological.  By Scott Mandelker
Topics: Mandelker, Metaphysics, Law of One, Ra Material, Gnosticism, Cosmology
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Jun 27, 2018 Scott Mandelker
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The final installment of the Law of One presented by Scott Mandelker
Topics: Law of One, Ra Material, Buddhism, Gnosticism, Metaphysics, UFO, ET
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Jun 7, 2018
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Apr 2, 2018 Scott Mandelker
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Ongoing series of talks on all things metaphysical, spiritual, and cosmological.  By Scott Mandelker
Topics: Mandelker, Metaphysics, Law of One, Ra Material, Gnosticism, Cosmology
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Dec 4, 2017 Scott Mandelker
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Ongoing series of talks on all things metaphysical, spiritual, and cosmological.  By Scott Mandelker
Topics: Mandelker, Metaphysics, Las of One, Ra Material, Gnosticism, Cosmology
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Nov 28, 2017 Scott Mandelker
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The continued exploration of the Law of One/Ra Material by Scott Mandelker, PhD
Topics: Law of One, Ra Material, Buddhism, Gnosticism, Metaphysics, UFO, ET
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Nov 21, 2017 Scott Mandelker
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Ongoing series of lectures by Scott Mandelker on Cosmology, Buddhism, Spirituality, RA Material, and Law of One
Topics: Cosmology, Buddhism, Spirituality, RA Material, Law of One, Gnosticism
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Jun 16, 2017 Lawrence Manzo
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The continued exploration of the Law of One/Ra Material by Scott Mandelker, PhD
Topics: Law of One, Ra Material, Buddhism, Gnosticism, Metaphysics, UFO, ET
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Mar 21, 2017 Scott Mandelker
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Ongoing series of talks on all things metaphysical, spiritual, and cosmological.  By Scott Mandelker
Topics: Mandelker, Talks with Scott Mandelker, Metaphysics, Law of One, Ra Material, Gnosticism
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Dec 22, 2016 Gamelan Anak Swarasanti
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Traditional tunes peformed by Gamelan Anak Swarasanti of Santa Cruz, California
Topics: Gamelan, Anklung, Anak Swarasanti, Santa Cruz
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Dec 1, 2016 Lawrence Manzo
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The continued exploration of the Law of One/Ra Material, presented by Scott Mandelker
Topics: Ra Material, Law of One, Mandelker
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Sep 6, 2016 Scott Mandelker
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Ongoing series of talks on all things metaphysical, spiritual, and cosmological.  By Scott Mandelker.
Topics: Mandelker, Talks with Scott Mandelker, Metaphysics, Law of One, Ra Material
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Jul 27, 2016 Batu Agung
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The Balinese Bamboo Music Seni Jegog Suara Singa Murti Batu Agung - Negara
Topics: Balinese, Jegog, Gamelan, Bali
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Jul 21, 2016 Lawrence Manzo
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Recordings of the Gamelan Anklung standard repertoire
Topics: Anak Swarasanti, Gamelan Anklung, Santa Cruz
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Feb 16, 2016 Lawrence Manzo
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The continuing review of the Law of One/Ra Material, presented by Scott Mandelker.
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Ra Material, Law of One, Buddhism, New Age
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Dec 19, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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The fourteenth batch of audio files, published in sequence at the Talks with Scott Mandelker Podcast--  http://TalksWithScottMandelker.Blogspot.com/
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Ra Material, Buddhism, Metaphysics, Self development, psychology
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Aug 26, 2015 Lawrence Manzo
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Scott Mandelker PhD discusses and explains the Law of One sessions from the Ra Material.
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Ra Material, Law of One, Buddhism, New Age
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May 9, 2015 Scott Mandelker, PhD
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Scott Mandelker continues his reading and analysis of the Law of One series, published by L/L research.
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Law of One
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Apr 26, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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The continuing series of readings by Scott Mandelker of the Ra Material, sessions 21 thru 31.
Topics: Ra Material, Law of One, Scott Mandelker, New Age, Spirituality
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Apr 19, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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The continuing series of discussions, covering the Ra Material and reading directly from it.  Sessions 11 through 20 included.
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Ra Material, Law of One, Buddhism, New Age, Spirituality
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Apr 12, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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The image used by Scott's Podcast on the Law of One sessions.
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Apr 9, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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Scott Mandelker presents the Ra Material.  Sessions 1 thru 10.
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Topics: Ra Material, Scott Mandelker, Law of One
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Apr 7, 2015 Scott Mandelker PhD
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The thirteenth batch of audio files, published in sequence at the Talks with Scott Mandelker Podcast-- http://TalksWithScottMandelker.Blogspot.com/
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Ra Material, Buddhism, Metaphysics, Self development, psychology
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Mar 21, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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A large block of talks, courtesy of Scott Mandelker and his YouTube channel, http://YouTube.com/TWSMandelker/
Topics: Ra Material, Buddhism, Scott Mandelker
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Mar 1, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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Scott Mandelker's 17-part discussion of the Ra Material exerpts on the subject of the Confederation of Planets that oversees this corner of the galaxy.
Topics: Confederation of Planets, Ra Material, Metaphysics
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Mar 1, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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A large collection of some of Scott's best talks, syndicated from his YouTube channel.
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Ra Material, Metaphysics
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Feb 21, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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Scott Mandelker continues his discussions of the Ra Material as it relates to Tarot and the Archetypal Mind.  Talks 19 through 36
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Ra Material, Tarot, Archetypal Mind
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Feb 21, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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Scott Mandelker comments the Ra Material excerpts concerning the original purpose of Tarot and how it relates to the development of mind.
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Ra Material, Tarot, Archetypal Mind
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Feb 20, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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Eight fine talks given by Scott Mandelker, to be syndicated as episodes 66 through 73 in the Talks with Scott Mandelker Podcast series.
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Ra Material
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Feb 11, 2015 Scott Mandelker
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The concluding sessions of Scott's mammoth Healing & Balance teachings, derived from the Ra Material.
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Ra Material, Buddhism
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Feb 10, 2015 Scott Mandelker, PhD
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Scott Mandelker's continued talks on Healing & Balance, talks 11 through 23.
Topics: Scott Mandelker, Healing & Balance, Ra Material
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Feb 9, 2015
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Scott Mandelker's presentation of Ra Material Healing & Balance, talks 1 through 10.
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Feb 8, 2015
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Talks with Scott Mandelker Podcast Episodes 21 thru 26
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Feb 8, 2015 Lawrence Manzo
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Feb 8, 2015 Lawrence Manzo
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Talks with Scott Mandelker Podcast, Episode 1
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Feb 8, 2015 Lawrence Manzo
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Two more stories from the Book of the Forest.  The first involves another Bhrgu Brahmin with a Kshatriya wife.  The second story, about Mahdhatar, is short, but interesting in how it differs from all the other stories we've had so far from Lomasha. The first story in this series, Nala, is about a King and his very loyal wife.  The subsequent stories were by and large about Brahmins with very loyal (Kshatriya) wives.  So each story so far has the element of an obedient wife despite hardship....
Topics: Sukanya, Cyavana
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May 2, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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I've put together my review of the epic, in its totality. I discuss the strange way in which the epic goes into fine detail on some parts of the story, and breezes over others. Some of the most critical moments in the story, like when Dhrtarastra was skipped and then later made king, or during the dice game, or in dealing with the birth & death of Krishna, the story is ambiguous and full of holes. The only explanation that I can come up with is that the author himself may not have known...
Topics: Bhakti, Channeling, False Vasudev, Karma Yoga, Krishna, Vyasa
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Apr 3, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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This is the final piece that brings us around, back to the beginning. We covered some of this territory before, back in Episode 2, but at the time, it was hard to explain that Parikshit was Arjun's grandson and that Takshaka had an ancient feud with the dynasty going back to the fire at the Khandava Forest. Also, back then we were anxious to get going with the story itself, and all the digressions with angry brahmins and talking snakes only made things confusing at the time. So now we have...
Topics: Astika, Janemejaya, Parikshit, Takshaka, Ugrashravas, Vaishampayana, Vasuki
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Apr 3, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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This is the first of two episodes that take us from the death of the Pandavas down to the Snake Sacrifice, held by Arjun's great-grandson. We skimmed over this back at the beginning of the podcast, because back then we were unfamiliar with who all these people were. But now it makes sense to bring it around to the beginning again. Not much is recorded about the life of Parikshit. We only know about how he died, and the many snakes and Rishis who were involved in the process
Topics: Astika, Jaratkaru, Parikshit, Srngn, Vasuki
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Apr 3, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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So this is it-- the final installment from the Mahabharata. Book 18, the Svargarohanika Parva, is done, and the 18 parvas of the Mahabharata are now complete. Please be sure to visit my blog and let me know you made it! And then treat yourself to something nice, because you have really accomplished something. We've reached the end of the story, but this isn't quite the end of the podcast. You can expect a few more episodes-- an epilogue where the story is carried forward up to the time of the...
Topic: Svargarohanika Parva
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Apr 3, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Arjun returns home with some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that they have lost their powers and have lost their friends. The good news is that they finally get to retire. Yudhistira doesn't hesitate. He strips off his fine garments and leads his brothers into retirement. Krpa is put in charge of defense, Yuyutsu is made regent, and Parikshit is king. Parikshit's grandmother Subhadra (Krishna's sister) is made Dowager Empress. The Pandavas then take a final tour of India, visiting...
Topics: Dharma, dog, Indra, Krpa, Parikshit, Subhadra, Yuyutsu
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Apr 3, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Krishna is dead. Balaram is dead. The city of Dwarka sinks beneath the waves, and the refugees of that once-great city are making their way to Indraprastha with only Arjun as their protector. But the influence of the Kali Yuga pervades the earth, and Arjun is not the man he once was. When the vulnerable procession is attacked by bandits, his magic quivers run out of arrows and his magical weapons no longer obey his command. Only a fragment is saved, along with Krishna's grandson Vajra, who is...
Topics: Arjun, Indraprastha, Vajra, Vyasa
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Apr 3, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The Dark Age is now unquestionably upon us. The elder Kurus, living austere lives in the forest, found themselves consumed by a forest fire of their own creation. Let this be a lesson to all you Hindu campers out there to douse your sacred campfires!! 18 years later, things go from bad to worse when news arrives of the death of Krishna and all his relatives. This story alone is deserving of an extended treatment, but we only get a sketchy account of how things went down. With the death of the...
Topics: Balarama, Daruka, Dhrtarastra, Krishna, Krtavarman, Samba, Samvarta, Satyaka
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Apr 3, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The white horse returns home, only to be tied to a post, killed, & cut up into little pieces. The priests do their best to follow the old rules, but there's no way Draupadi is going to pretend to copulate with a dead horse! Jump ahead 15 years and Dhrtarastra finally decides to take leave of worldly cares, and he, Gandhari, & Kunti leave for a forest ashram. One year after that, the Pandavas and many citizens pay a visit to the old folks, where Vyasa allows them all to re-unite with...
Topics: Ashwamedha, Dhrtarastra, Durvasas, Kunti, Satayupa, Vyasa
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Apr 3, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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This is another eventful episode. Krishna & Arjun take a break and go on a leisure trip to Indraprastha, where it appears Arjun is king. Both heroes have forgotten the Gita, so Krishna recalls another dialog along the same lines, which is called the Anugita. Krishna goes home, while the Pandavas go prospecting for gold in the hills. While they are away, Parkshit is born, or rather still-born. Krishna arrives in time to make good his promise and revives the kid. When the Pandavas return with...
Topics: Anugita, Citrangada, Manipur, Parikshit, Ulupi, Utanka, Uttara, Vabruvahana
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Apr 3, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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We get treated to a last handful of the Final Teachings, and then Bhisma dies. The poor guy set quite an objective for himself. It must have been mid autumn when he was shot through with arrows, yet he clung to life until the Winter Solstice before finally giving up the ghost. He says he lived on the bed of arrows for a total of 58 days. Following his death, Yuddistira has another one of his fits of sorrow & regret, but he's snapped out of it by hearing a story about how the ancient king...
Topics: Bhisma, Brhaspati, Ganga, Marutta, Samvarta
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Mar 15, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Two significant deaths this episode-- first Gatotkacha basically gets sacrificed by Krishna so that Arjun need not face Karna's special unstoppable Indra Dart. It's a mean trick, but Krishna explained that one of the purposes of this war is to eradicate the race of Rakshasas, so if they didn't have Karna kill him, then they would have had to do it themselves. Besides, it was a small price to pay in order to save Arjun for the final showdown. The second big shot to go down is their old guru...
Topics: Ashwatthaman, Drona, Gatotkacha
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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A few more stories from Bhisma's final teachings. We learn that Vyasa had a son, named Suka, who really did not seem to be pleased to be born. And Bhisma himself tells us what he really thinks of Buddhist philosophy!
Topics: Buddhism, Janaka, Mithila, Suka
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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For some reason, the first three full-fledged stories from the Anusasana Parva all center around a Banian tree. They also share the theme of low-caste hunters and their cruelty. Remarkably, in the 2nd story the three characters are all saved, but all three die violently. In the 3rd story, the Brahmin Gautama is an unreformed scoundrel, but he is brought back to life! NOTE: I ran out of allotted space on my ISP, so this audio file got truncated. I've modified this post to point to another site:...
Topics: Gautama, Rajadharman, Virupaksha
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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This episode begins the voluminous Last Teachings of Bhisma. As Bhisma lies on his bed of arrows, the Pandavas, Krishna & Satyaki gather around to listen. Yuddistira poses the questions, which mostly revolve around Dharma and kingship, and Bhisma answers. These teachings are exceptionally difficult to convey in the form of a podcast, mostly because they are so boring. There are very few stories, and most of the stories revolve around conversations in which one character instructs the other...
Topic: Bhisma
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Yuddistira is finally convinced that he should remain king, and he gets down to business. He marches straight to the palace and has himself anointed and consecrated. He appoints his council and gets his kingdom in order. As soon as he has a chance to catch his breath, Krishna suggests that they hurry over to uncle Bhisma, who isn't long for this world. Along the way, Krishna tells the story of Battleaxe Rama, who wiped out the race of Kshatriyas 21 times in succession. The podcast may be taking...
Topics: Bhisma, Charvaka, Krishna, Parashurama, Rama Jamadagnya
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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It seems like Yuddistira always had a secret desire to give up the world and live like a sadhu. But now he has a pretty good justification-- after all, he even killed his elder brother. Crimes like this demand extreme penance, and Yuddistira would like nothing better than to embrace that lifestyle. No one else agrees with the new king however, and his brothers, Krishna, and the Rishis all take turns trying to convince him that the best use of his life would be to take up the crown and rule,...
Topics: Narada, Parvata, Suvarnashthivin
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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We begin the Book of Peace, the Shanti Parva. After boasting to his uncle about his special clairvoyant powers, Yuddistira is blindsided by the news that he & Karna shared the same mother. Now the Dharma Raja has learned that he killed his own brother-- aside from killing one's parents, perhaps one of the worst things a person could do. The brothers spend a month outside in the city walls as a sort of penance, and are joined by the great sages of the ancient world. Narada comforts the...
Topics: Karna, Parashurama, Rama Jamadagnya
Mahabharata Podcast
Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Vidur & Vyasa tell a few parables to help Dhrtarastra pull himself together. When the king is finally pacified, he leads all the bereaved women of Hastinapur in a great procession to deal with their fallen men. They march along the banks of the Ganga to Kurukshetra, where they encounter Ashwatthaman, Krpa & Krtavarman, who are still on the run after killing the Pandava's sons & allies. Ashwatthaman heads of to Vyasa's ashram, Krpa goes home to Hastinapur, and Krtavarman also heads...
Topics: Ashwatthaman, Karna, Krpa, Kunti
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The brothers learn of the massacre of their sons & allies, and summon Draupadi to break the news. As usual, all she wants is revenge. Thus the Pandavas go off on one final mission to avenge the death of their sons. They track down Ashwatthaman and find him hanging out with Vyasa and Narada. As soon as they set eyes on each other, the boy Brahmin sets off his Brahmashira weapon, which is 100s of times more powerful than the Brahmastra, and sounds a lot like a hydrogen bomb-- "All living...
Topics: Ashwatthaman, Daksha, Shiva
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Well, it seems there is no end to the tit for tat revenge cycle that Duryodhana forced into motion so long ago. Now that he has been defeated, his survivors seek revenge for his fall. Ashwatthaman is unable to let it go, and since he is vastly outnumbered, he prays to Shiva for the power to kill his enemies. Shiva allows him to exterminate the remains of the Pandava army while they sleep. So now there will be another vendetta. How much further can this go? Find out next time!
Topics: Ashwatthaman, Draupadeyas, Shiva
Mahabharata Podcast
Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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So this is it; the moment everyone has been waiting for. Ever since Episode 7 when Duryodhana was born, he has finally received his well-deserved defeat. But even as he falls, the finger pointing, hand-wringing and grief at the price that has been paid for this victory has already begun. Balaram shows up just in time to referee the final death match between Bhima & Duryodhana, only to get really annoyed when Bhima is forced to bend the rules a bit in order to win.
Topics: Duryodhana, Balaram, Bhima
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This episode covers the final day of the great war. If you were expecting things to go out with a bang, you'll be disappointed. Once the Kaurava general Shalya is killed, things just sort of disintegrate. Duryodhana's remaining brothers are all killed. Shakuni is killed. Karna's sons are exterminated. The Pandavas make one final sweep over the field, killing literally everyone who was left standing. They spend the rest of the day sifting through the corpses in search of Duryodhana. By this...
Topics: Duryodhana, Yuyutsu
Mahabharata Podcast
Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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This is a big day in the war. Bhisma fulfills one of his oaths by killing Dushasan and drinking his blood. Now he will be gunning for Duryodhana. Arjun & Karna finally get busy with their final showdown. The whole universe apparently took sides in this conflict, with everyone choosing a champion to cheer for. The pair begin fighting with conventional weapons, but soon escalate to magical weapons. At one point, Arjun gets the upper hand, and strikes Karna until he's lost his wits and drops...
Topics: Dushasan, Karna
Mahabharata Podcast
Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Karna begins the 17th day of the war by fighting each Pandava except Arjun. He is actually defeated by both Yuddistira and Bhima, but then he defeats Nakul and Sahadev. Both of the elder brothers spare his life, out of consideration for Arjun's oaths. Yuddistira then goes for a second round with Karna, but this time it doesn't work out so well. Karna defeats Yuddistira and nearly captures him, but he reconsiders and lets the Pandava go. Yuddistira then flees to his camp to have his wounds...
Topics: Arjun, Krishna, Yudhistira
Mahabharata Podcast
Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Drona is dead and a new commander is needed. Ashwatthaman proposes that Karna be given the position and everyone else agrees. Karna leads the army through a rather desultory day of fighting and then complains that what he is missing is a good driver. Shalya is drafted to be his charioteer. Shalya had promised to cause trouble should things come to this pass, and he lives up to it by constantly bickering with Karna. For some reason, Karna chooses this moment to confess how he deceived Rama...
Topics: Karna, Rama Jamadagnya, Shalya
Mahabharata Podcast
Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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I present my wild theories and hypotheses about the Mahabharata. Among other things, we discuss its relationship to the Precession of the Equinoxes and the Yuga cycle as defined by Markandeya and Sri Yukteshvar. We look into the role of magic in the story and our prospects for regaining this lost knowledge in the future. We delve into the mystery of the metaphysical origins of the Pandavas and consider whether the five brothers might have originally been based on just a single hero-- the...
Topics: Joseph Selbie, Markandeya, Precession, proto-Arjun, Sri Yukteshvar, The Yugas
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Earlier in day 15, Drona is killed by Dhrstadyumna. The Kaurava army literally comes unraveled until Ashwatthaman hears the news. The boy is outraged at the way his father was treated and swears revenge on both Dhrstadyumna (for killing him), and Yuddistira (for betraying his trust). Drona's son then pulls the army together and rushes to battle waving his WMD. First he tries to use the Narayana weapon, but Krishna is too tricky for that-- he knows its weakness, which is that it is ineffective...
Topics: Agneya, Ashwatthaman, Dhrstadyumna, Nar-Narayan, Narayana
Mahabharata Podcast
Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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We continue with the events of the 14th day of war. You can relax because we find out that both Satyaki and Bhim made it to Arjun's side, and everyone is OK after all. Arjun finally spots Jayadratha, but he is very well protected, and the sun is about to set. It is time for one of Krishna's tricks! Following Jayadratha's "exploding head syndrome", the Kauravas are so bent out of shape that they ignore the sunset and just keep fighting. Next episode will cover the night battle of the...
Topics: Gatotkacha, Jayadratha
Mahabharata Podcast
Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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We begin the 14th day of the war. The morning starts with many dark omens, but no one is quite sure for which side they portend doom. Arjun sets off immediately to fight his way through the Kaurava army and to find and kill the miserable king Jayadratha. He & Krishna soon disappear into the hordes while Yuddistira struggles to avoid capture at the hands of Drona. By mid-day, with no news from the two Krishnas, Yuddistira begins to worry about them. He hears their conches and interprets the...
Topic: Alambusha
Mahabharata Podcast
Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Vyasa finishes his comforting storytelling, and then vanishes, leaving it up to Yuddistira to deal with breaking the news to Arjun that his son is dead. Arjun comes home expecting a party, only to find the camp in mourning over the loss of his son. He responds by swearing to kill Jayadratha by sunset tomorrow. The Kauravas find out about his oath and hastily make plans to keep the prince safe long enough for Arjun's vow to fail. That is all it will take to get the Pandava out of the war! Now...
Topics: Kurukshetra, Vyasa, Arjun
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Drona has been in charge now for two days, and so far he has failed in his mission to capture Yuddistira. This despite the fact that they have sacrificed a whole nation of warriors just to keep Arjun away long enough for them to grab his brother. The Trigartas are nearly all dead so they need to come up with a new idea. This time, Drona implements a fancy new formation, based on a wheel, which few know how to break. It turns out that Abhimanyu is one of those who know its secrets. But with...
Topics: Abhimanyu, Daushasani, Jayadratha
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Bhisma is out of commission, and his book is nearly over. In one last scene, Karna comes to meet his fallen nemesis. Bhisma is quite affectionate toward his prodigal nephew, and he tells him that he was only pretending to be antagonistic. He really didn't mean it, he just wanted to discourage Karna from enabling Duryodhana's evil ways. Bhisma begs Karna to forget his grievances and to join with his brothers and end the war this moment. But Karna is too far gone. He owes Duryodhana too much, and...
Topic: Drona Parva
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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I know it feels like this war is really dragging on; but I think that is precisely how Vyasa wanted us to feel by this point in the battle. We are all getting tired of the unending violence. Even the main cause of all the violence, Bhisma, is getting tired of this, and he has begun looking for a way out. On day 9, the old Kuru apparently relieved himself of the last of his commitments, which was to wipe out the army of the Saumakas. Now the only thing left for him to do was to find the most...
Topics: Kurukshetra, Bhisma, Saumakas, Pandavas, Arjun, Sikhandin
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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On the previous day, Duryodhana was quickly losing faith with his uncle. He began to suspect that Bhisma was throwing the contest in favor of the Pandavas. Karna didn't help any when he offered to take charge in place of the old man. So Duryodhana asked the old man to either fulfill his oaths or get out of the game. Now today, on the 9th day, Bhisma sets out to finish off his Dharma so he could move on to the next phase in his life. On the battlefield, he kills hundreds of thousands, including...
Topics: Kurukshetra, Bhisma, Arjun, Krishna, Duryodhana
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The seventh and eighth days of the War. Bhisma kills a few more Dhartarastras, king Virata loses another son, and we meet Arjun's son Iravat, a Naga prince from Arjun's tour of the holy places, long long ago. We meet Iravat only to see him killed by the demon Alambusha. Alambusha is also the son of a famous father-- none other than the peculiar half-deer Rshyashrnga! In the story we get from the epic, Rshyashrnga's son is the child of a Kshatriya princess, and becomes Raja of the kingdom. We...
Topics: Alambusha, Iravat, Virata
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The fifth and sixth days of the great war. Arjun wipes out an army of 25,000, and we find out Satyaki has 10 fully grown sons. Soon after we learn about these sons, they get decapitated by King Bhurishravas. In return, Satyaki kills off the king's entire army, but the pair are too well-matched and both must be dragged off of the battlefield after sunset. Bhima can't resist an opportunity to kill more cousins, but risks getting himself killed or captured behind enemy lines. Dhrstadyumna rescues...
Topics: Abhimanyu, Arjun, Bhima, Bhurishravas, Dhrstadyumna, Satyaki
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The third and fourth days of the great war. It seems like the tide may be turning somewhat, since both days of fighting were dominated by Arjun and Bhimasena. Despite having the honor of receiving Krishna's teaching firsthand, Arjun still seems to be holding back somewhat. His lassitude gets so bad that Krishna finally gets annoyed with him, and takes matters in his own hands. Contrary to the way I've always heard the story told, Krishna does not take any consideration for his oath not to...
Topics: Kurukshetra, Arjun, Bhima, Krishna, Abhimanyu
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The second day of battle comes and goes. If the first day went to the Kauravas, the 2nd day certainly belonged to the Pandavas. The day ends with Bhimasena and Arjun dominating the field, and the Kaurava soldiers crapping their pants. The cream of Kalinga manhood has been exterminated on the field, and even their enemies are forced to admire the way the two brothers cleared the field of all comers. Lots more people died, but so far, not much has been accomplished. Maybe day 3 will go better? I...
Topics: Kurukshetra, Kalinga, Arjuna, Bhimasena
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Let's admit it, we were all impatient for this war to get started. Like the characters in the story, we concluded many episodes back that there was never going to be a peaceful solution, and it would take nothing less than a massive bloodletting to make sure the bad guys were punished and the good guys got their rightful honors. But now that the war has started, those frustrating days of exile in the forest are looking more attractive. Sure, we all feel that Duryodhana deserves a good kick in...
Topics: Bhisma, Kurukshetra, Arjuna
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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It is the morning of the first day of battle. Already Krishna has revealed his great song to Arjuna, and now there are some final formalities, as Yuddistira runs to his elders on the enemy side for their blessings. Krishan tags along and tries to tempt Karna over to the Pandava side, just until Bhisma is dead. It must have been tempting, since it would have given him the chance to even kill the old bugger. But Karna is too loyal to go for such an under-handed thing. He turns Krishna down...
Topics: Kurukshetra, Yuyutsu
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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This concludes Krishna's dialog with Arjun about Dharma, Bhakti, Yoga, and the Gunas. During the course of this, Arjun is granted divine sight, and is able to catch a glimpse of Krishna's true appearance; it nearly blows his mind. Getting back to Arjun's original question-- Does Arjun's Dharma really require him to kill his relatives and gurus? and how can this can be a good thing? It seems like a lot of Krishna's teaching is addressed to posterity, because advice to meditate more often isn't...
Topics: Bhagavad Gita, Gunas
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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We begin the famous holy book, the Bhagavad Gita. The scene for this revelation is the midst of the fateful battlefield of Kurukshetra. Arjun surveys the field, seeing his relatives, friends, cousins, uncles, elders and gurus, all ready to draw each other's blood and die for the sake of his dynastic dispute. For the good guys to win, Arjun will personally be responsible for the death of the people he respects the most in the whole world. He simple cannot go on with it. Arjun drops his bow and...
Topics: Bhagavad Gita, Krishna, Arjun, Arjuna
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The Battle Books, but not the battle, begin here. Since we are at the second most important beginning of the epic, aside from the very beginning, there is a lot of unnecessary material stuffed into the narrative. I tried my best to make sense of it, and to leave out the voluminous details that had nothing to do with the story at hand. I also tried to iron out the repeated descriptions of the armies' dispositions, and the scene of the two sides lined up prior to battle. This is one of the most...
Topics: Bhisma, Krishna, Sanjay
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Bhisma finishes bringing us up-to-date on who Sikhandin is, who he used to be, and why Bhisma won't fight him. This also finishes the Udyoga Parva; the Book of the Effort. Next time, we start in on the Bhisma Parva, the first of the eight Battle Books. Don't assume that the war is about to start, just because we end off on the dawn of the first day of the war. We still have a lengthy introduction in the Bhisma Parva, and then there is the Bhagavad Gita, which will take a few episodes-- we don't...
Topics: Amba, Sikhandin, Sikhandi
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Bhisma begins telling the story of Amba/Sikhandin-- the only person, barring the Pandavas, whom he will not fight in the coming battle. The reason for this is that Sikhandin had once been a female. She was not just any female at that-- she was Draupadi's sister, and in her past life, she'd had a bad run-in with Bhisma, making her his sworn enemy from beyond the grave. We begin the story with Amba's abduction, along with her sisters Ambika and Ambalika, by Bhisma to provide wives for his...
Topics: Amba, Rama Jamadagnya
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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As if intending to seal his fate, Duryodhana warms up the Pandavas by sending over an odious gambler Uluka as a messenger to goad them into fighting. Then Bhisma kindly gives us an inventory of the fighters who will take place in the coming battle. There are a bunch of guys who I've never heard of, and do not seem to have any important role to play in the story, so I've left them out, trying to keep the cast of characters under control. As for the rest, they are all rated between Rathas and...
Topic: Uluka
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Krishna returns from his mission to Hastinpur with war on his mind. Yuddistira, having spent the last 12-14 years undergoing massive hardship to prevent this war, is reluctant to accept this truth. He begs for more information, trying to find any way out of this situation. So Krishna obliges by giving us the details of a few more speeches made in the Kuru court, but none of it helps. War is truly inevitable. So both sides round up their armies and march on Kurukshetra. When they arrive, each...
Topics: Bhisma, Drupad, Kurukshetra
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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This episode is devoted to the classic scene of the Mahabharata in which Krishna reveals to Karna his true descent. He never was the Son of a Suta, which everyone called him with scorn. No, he was in fact the eldest of the Pandavas-- the original Partha. Now that the truth was out, all Karna needed to do was embrace his Dharma, join his brothers, and assume the title of King of India. Poor Karna, always the victim of bad timing. It was way too late for such an offer. Perhaps if Kunti had stood...
Topic: Karna
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The peace talks break down completely. It starts well, when no one can come up with a rebuttal to Krishna's speech. Narada and Kanva tell a couple of parables to help with the decision making, but Duryodhana was not interested. It seems he believed that the terms of the Dice Game were that the Pandavas were to go to the forest forever, not just 13 years. Maybe it's true? What if the Pandavas had indeed been banished for life, but they decided to change the rules when Krishna & Drupad...
Topics: Kanva, Matali, Nar-Narayan, Narada
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Sanjay's mission clearly did not accomplish much, so this time Krishna offers to go to Hastinapur as the Pandavas' chief negotiator. When the Kauravas hear he is coming, Dhrtarastra plans on bribing him, while Duryodhana hopes to imprison him. Krishna senses all the bad vibes and decides to only stay & eat with Vidur. He also visits with the Pandavas' poor widowed mother Kunti, whom he tries to console. Surprisingly, Kunti blames her father for all her suffering. Kunti's father, Sura, was...
Topics: Durvasas, Krishna, Kunti
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Sanjay returns to Hastinapur with messages and intelligence from the Pandava camp. The king's charioteer delivers this information before the royal assembly, while Dhrarastra, Duryodhana, Bhisma and Karna argue over the significance of these threats. Having gone a good long while since Karna last washed his feet, the mess must have started getting to him, because he finally blows his top at Bhisma and swears he will not fight until Bhisma is dead. In the course of this debate, we get hints at...
Topics: Bhakti, Brahma-head, Karna, Parashurama, Sanjay, Sikhandin
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Now that both sides are armed to the teeth and infested with vast armies, they are ready to talk peace terms. The Pandavas start the first round by sending Drupad's unnamed priest as their ambassador. This priest travels to Hastinapur and asks only for the terms of the Dice Game to be fulfilled. Dhrtarastra responds well enough, sending his Charioteer Sanjay as the returning ambassador. Sanjay's message is also for peace, but the terms are rather unacceptable. The Kauravas suggested that the...
Topics: Sanatsujata, Sanjay, Vidur
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The Pandavas have come out of hiding and are demanding their lands back from the Kauravas. Duryodhana has already indicated that he has no interest in giving these back, so it would be best to negotiate from a position of strength. An arms race ensues, with both sides scrambling to get commitments from their allies across India and beyond. Duryodhana wins the first couple of rounds at this game. He rushes to Dwaraka, and gets Krishna to commit his armies to the Kaurava side. The Pandavas get...
Topics: Indra, Nahusha, Sachi, Shalya
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The brothers formally come out of hiding, and thick-headed Virata finally realizes he has been sheltering the famous Pandavas. To avoid any question of scandal, Virata's daughter is quickly married to Arjun's son, Abhimanyu. The allies are summoned for the wedding, and the brothers set up a temporary headquarters at Virata's second city, Upaplavya. This ends the book of Virata. Next time, we'll start the Udyoga Parva-- the Book of the Effort.
Topics: Abhimanyu, Udyoga, Uttara, Virata
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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News of Kicaka's death reaches the neighboring kingdoms, and precipitates an attack from the Trigartas and the Kauravas. Virata sends his entire force against the Trigartas and leaves the rest of the country open for the Kuru's sneak attack. Kanka, Balava and the twins are all recuited into the army, but Brhannala is left at home. Thus, it is up to the young crown prince and the eunuch to rescue the kingdom from invasion. As they are riding out to meet the Kurus, the 13th year of exile comes to...
Topics: Susharman, Trigarta
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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The Pandavas send away their hangers-on, and enter hiding at the kingdom of the Matsyas, in the service of King Virata. Things go well for the first 10 months, but then the king's brother-in-law gets smitten with the Queen's new serving girl. Kicaka takes his infatuation a little too far, and Bhima ends up restoring her virtue the hard way. By the end of this ordeal, everyone is terrified of Draupadi and her Gandharva husbands. King Virata is so frightened of her that he sends the queen to beg...
Topics: Kicaka, Sudeshna, Virata
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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We finish off the Book of the Forest with a couple of the more famous vignettes from the epic. The first is the classic tale in which Karna is forewarned that Indra will come to beg from him his magical armor & earrings, but Karna refuses to prevent it. He lives up to his claim of complete generosity and literally flays the armor off of his body and hands it all over to Indra. Since transactions with Gods usually go both ways, Karna for his part demanded the "Never-failing Spear",...
Topics: Karna, Yaksha
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Despite the offensive raid on their camp by Jayadratha, old Markandeya is still hanging out with the Pandavas. Yuddistira, feeling sorry for himself and for Draupadi, goes to him for consolation. Markandeya replies with the entire story of the Ramayana. I've spared you the re-telling of that epic, since it would have us out on a sidetrack for possibly months, and, really, the Ramayana deserves a podcast of its own, right? So, jumping over that chapter, we find ourselves back where we were;...
Topics: Rama Dasharathi, Ramayana, Savitri
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Vyasa stops by the Pandava camp and tells the story of Mudgala, who turns down the opportunity to go bodily to heaven because it wasn't permanent enough! He chose instead to stay on earth, eking out his miserable existence until his natural death, when he finally attained total extinction. That seems to be Vyasa's only mission, because after the story, he leaves. Soon after, King Jayadratha of Sindh passes by the camp while the brothers are away hunting. He spots Draupadi alone and undefended,...
Topics: Durvasas, Jayadratha, Mudgala, Sindh
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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This one covers Duryodhana's reaction to the humiliation of being captured by the Gandharvas and then released by the valor of his hated cousins the Pandavas. Unable to face his clan after the ignominious defeat, the prince resolves to sit down and starve himself to death. This decision sets off alarm bells in Hell, where the Daityas and Danavas have big plans for Duryodhana. They summon a genie and have her deliver Duryodhana to them, and they tell him about the cosmic nature of this conflict,...
Topics: Daityas, Danavas, Duryodhana, Karna, Vaishnava
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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This one starts with some girl talk. Draupadi and Satyabhama get bored of Markandeya's endless mythologies, and sneak off for a more private conversation. Satyabhama wants to know how Draupadi maintains her hold over all five husbands. Draupadi then advises us on the behaviors a woman should perform to keep her husband from straying to other women's beds. Krishna too finally gets bored of Markandeya and decides it is time to head for home. He loads up the wife and they head out. If he knew of...
Topics: Draupadi, Satyabhama
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Mar 14, 2012 Lawrence Manzo
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Two more stories from the Sage Markandeya. The first is a rousing fight story, where the king of Ayodhya gets super powers from the god Vishnu and defeats a dragon. I find the second story more interesting. Yuddistira wants to know about the specific problems that women and servants must have in following their dharma. Markandeya replies with a story about a short-tempered Brahmin Kaushika, who encounters a particularly wise peasant woman, whose devotion to her husband grants her great wisdom...
Topics: butcher, Kaushika