Author: John Murdoch
Publisher: Sundeep Prakashan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185066132
This is an examination of the sacred books of Asia. The book focusses on the two great Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, besides the Puranas` relevance even in the present-day context.
There are many Puranas, which are described in the pages of this book, including the Vishnu Purana. An attempt is made to highlight the relevance of these sacred books even in the modern context.
Title 1; Subject 2; Authorship, 2;Probable Origin, 2; Growth of the Poem, 3; Date, 4; The Ramayana and Mahabharata Compared 4; Geography of the Poem, 7; Genealogical Table, 7;Metre, 8; Text, 9; Translations, 9.
First Book An Account of the Origin of the Poem, the Genealogy of the two Families, and the Rivalries Between them.
Assembly Book The Assembly of the Princes at Hastinapura, When Yudhisthira Lost His Kingdom, and The Pandavas Had to Retire Into Exile.
Forest Book The Life of the Pandavas in the Kamyaka Forest, With the Story of Nala and Other Episodes.
Virata Book The Adventures of the Pandavas in the Thirteenth Year of Their Exile, While They Were in the Service of King Virata
Effort Book The Preparations of Both Sides For War.
An Account of the Battles Fought While Bhishma Commanded the Kaurava Army, Including the Bhagavad Gita.
An Account of Drona's Leadership and Death.
Karna's Leadership and Death.
Salya's Leadership and Death; The Kurus Reduced to Four Survivors.
Sleeping Book The Destruction of the Pandava Army While Asleep.
The Wives of the Kurus and Pandavas Lament Over te Slain
Book of Consolation A Long Didatic Discourse By Bhishma on the Morals and Duties of Kings
Book of Precepts Discourses on Morals, Mixed Up With Tales and Legends; Bhishma's Ascension to Heaven.
An Account of the Performance on the Horse Sacrifice By Yudhishthira.
Hermitage Book A Description of Hermitage Life.
The Book of Clubs The Deaths of Krishna and Balarama; the Submersion of Dwaraks By the Sea; and the Mutual Destruction of the Yadavas.
The Book of the Great Journey. The Departure of the Pandavas From Himavat on Their Way to Indras Heaven.
Book of the Ascent to Heaven. Entrance Into Heaven of the Five Brothers and Their Wife Draupadi.
State of Society, 140; Good Points of the Mahabharata, 145; Defective Teaching, 146; The True Avatara, 154; The Great War, 155.