Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2016)
Theme of death in the Mahābhārata
Author(s): Nitin Malhotra
Abstract: Death has always been a concept that arouses fear in the minds of people around the world. On the other hand, Indian ancient, cultural and oral texts deal only with the life. Wars and destruction are the only medium to remove adharma from the society and make people understand the concepts like lokasaṁgraha and manurbhava. These principles are expected to be followed practically before the physical death. The Mahābhārata has always focused on the fundamental concept of good living and deals with death in a very practical way. It suggests through its intellectual characters like Bhīṣma and sages like Sanat-Sujāta that life is more important to live in a skillful way rather fearing for death. The whole of the literature written in the world proclaims the same idea in a way learning from the ancient text the Mahābhārata.