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By Swami Harshananda

The Mahābhārata is one of the two epics of the religion. It has been acclaimed as a veritable encyclopedia of dharma or righteousness.

Almost at the very end of this great epic, Vyāsa, its celebrated author, declares in great anguish that dharma is the basis of all wealth and pleasures of life. Though he is crying hoarse with both his hands uplifted, none seems to be interested in following it in life! He exhorts people not to abandon dharma even at the cost of one’s life, just for lust or fear or greed. The three verses containing his final message[1] are called ‘Bhārata-sāvitri'.


  1. Svargārohana-parva, 5.62-64
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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