Hari Krishnan

The style of narration of the Mahabharata (I mean that of Vaisampayana’s narrative of Vyasa Bharata) and the spectrum of Time that the entire narrative covers are two of the important factors that are to be kept in mind, in order that one may have a...
We were talking about Arjuna’s vow to kill Jayadratha before sunset the next day.  Arjuna undertook this vow on hearing that it was Jayadratha who held the other four Pandava brothers at bay and delayed their entry into the Chakra Vyuha, once it was...
Drona had proposed to form the army in a half Sakata (wheel) and half lotus array.  Among the leaves of the lotus, at the centre of it, would be formed an array of a needle, with Karna, Bhurisravas, Aswatthaman, Vrishasena, Kripa and Salya standing...
At Upaplavya, the place where Pandavas where staying after completing the term of exile, a place that belonged to King Virata, the question of going in War against Duryodhana and company was discussed threadbare. Remember.  For thirteen full years...
When we get over the problem of the narrative style and the subject of Time in Mahabharata, the next biggest task is to come to grips with names.  No.  I am not talking about the many number of people, exceedingly difficult number of characters and...
We were talking about the dual aspect of Krishna’s role, letting everyone know that He is the Omniscient, unlike Rama, not remaining unaware of His Omnipotence, and not hesitating to display His Omnipresence, as we see again and again in the Viswaroopa Dharshan scenes. And at some times, he chooses to play the ‘all knowing, all encompassing innocence’, acting as though he were not aware of what would happen on the morrow.  He plans to ward off a ‘possible...
We were talking about the dual aspect of Krishna’s role, letting everyone know that He is the Omniscient, unlike Rama, not remaining unaware of His Omnipotence, and not hesitating to display...
It was a sleepless night for Krishna.  He consoled his sister, her daughter-in-law, Panchali, Kunti and others and returned to his tent, prepared the bed for Arjuna with his own hands and spent some time in meditation.  With the sole exception of Arjuna, none else could wink for a sleep that night.  From the description of a dream that Arjuna had, in which he has a darshan of Mahadeva, we understand that he had a peaceful night’s sleep.  Krishna rose up from his...
It was a sleepless night for Krishna.  He consoled his sister, her daughter-in-law, Panchali, Kunti and others and returned to his tent, prepared the bed for Arjuna with his own hands and...
What we went into in our earlier instalments was not an isolated incident, though it was the one instance when Krishna acted with an intended wrath and did not mind exhibiting it so openly, though not in the knowledge of Arjuna.  His rushing against Bhishma could not be weighed on the same scale, though even here, he means to push Arjuna into action, playing his role as the assailant perfectly well, while slipping a piece of his mind for the careful reader to pickup.  Well, at the...
What we went into in our earlier instalments was not an isolated incident, though it was the one instance when Krishna acted with an intended wrath and did not mind exhibiting it so openly, though...
We were talking about Arjuna’s vow to kill Jayadratha before sunset the next day.  Arjuna undertook this vow on hearing that it was Jayadratha who held the other four Pandava brothers at bay and delayed their entry into the Chakra Vyuha, once it was broken by Abhimanyu.  We know that Abhimanyu had learnt the art of penetrating this tricky array—or arrangement of the four divisions of the army—but didn’t know how to come out of it.  The original plan was...
We were talking about Arjuna’s vow to kill Jayadratha before sunset the next day.  Arjuna undertook this vow on hearing that it was Jayadratha who held the other four Pandava brothers at...
Sometimes I am amazed at the casual manner in which Poet Bharati slips very rare, sparsely known, intricate details, very casually in his works.  His was a stout intellect that did not even realise the rarity of what wealth of information that he was spilling along his way.  Had he realised, he would have stopped for a while to give us a fuller version of what is scantily known.  It was from his poetry that my search for the details on King Vena started.  While advising...
Sometimes I am amazed at the casual manner in which Poet Bharati slips very rare, sparsely known, intricate details, very casually in his works.  His was a stout intellect that did not even...
To war or to peace, was the question that was raging high on that day of discussion when Krishna was nominated to be sent as an ambassador on behalf of Pandavas.  Yudhishthira, as we had mentioned earlier, was ready to accept just five villages.  “We are desirous of peace; give us even a single province of the empire.  Give us even Kusasthala, Vrikasthala, Makandi, Varanavata, and for the fifth any other that thou likest. Even this will end the quarrel. O Suyodhana, give...
To war or to peace, was the question that was raging high on that day of discussion when Krishna was nominated to be sent as an ambassador on behalf of Pandavas.  Yudhishthira, as we had...
I must have been seven or eight years old when I was introduced to Ramayana and Mahabharata.  It was my mother who gave me a copy of Chakravarti Thirumagan and Vyasar Virundhu and encouraged me to read the stories.  These books, written by Rajaji, left such powerful impact on my young mind that the hunger for reading more—particularly of these two epics—started burning in me, and stays with me to this day.  I don’t know if it would ever diminish, though I have...
I must have been seven or eight years old when I was introduced to Ramayana and Mahabharata.  It was my mother who gave me a copy of Chakravarti Thirumagan and Vyasar Virundhu and encouraged...