A poet, an elephant-headed god and a king astray in a forest: so begins the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic shot through with the wisdom of ancient sages and the ten thousand sorrows and joys of being alive on this earth. In some ways it is not possible either to begin or to finish hearing this story, for it is the story of the world; nevertheless the spark is struck, the word is spoken, and our journey begins.
Photo: Sunrise on Mount Kalindi in the Himalayas by Sharada Prasad
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