I first read the Mahabharata when I was a sophomore in high school. We read it in our Values and Beliefs class with Ms. Youngblood. I loved this class. We got to learn about all different religions and philosophical ideas. It was awesome. The Mahabharata was my favorite. It is such an incredible epic – it was confusing and inspiring and frustrating and amazing. It tells of the Kauravas and the Pandavas. At this point in my life I couldn’t really tell you much about it (except some odd birthing and battle scenes and a vague sense of what happens when our lives end). Nevertheless, it remains etched in my memory as a beautiful and inspirational history.
My favorite part is definitely the Lessons of the Lake. Yudhisthira is at the lake and he has to answer questions from the lake.
Voice: What is quicker than the wind?
Voice: What can cover the earth?
Voice: Who are more numerous the living or the dead?
Yudhisthira: The living, because the dead are no longer.
Voice: Give me an example of space.
Yudhisthira: My two hands as one.
Voice: An example of grief.
Voice: Of poison?
Voice: An example of defeat?
Voice: Which came first day or night?
Yudhisthira: Day, but it was only a day ahead.
Voice: What is the cause of the world?
Voice: What is your opposite?
Voice: What is madness?
Yudhisthira: The forgotten way.
Voice: And revolt, why do men revolt?
Yudhisthira: To find beauty either in life or in death.
Voice: And what for each of us is inevitable?
Voice: And what is the greatest wonder?
Yudhisthira: Each day death strikes and we live as though we were immortal. This is the greatest wonder.