The Mahabharata has to be one of the most amazing epics in the history of Mankind. It’s often been compared with Homer’s Odyssey and Illiad, but The Mahabharata is older, more massive, and has been kept much more alive, by South and Southeast Asian traditions, in unbroken chains of transmission.
Originating in India, The Mahabharata describes a great war that took place as a result of a feud between two families, The Pandavas and The Kauravas. Like all great works of literature, it is exciting, complex and subtle, and like all great religious works, it discusses philosophy and the meaning of life, containing within it the spirit and ideas of Hinduism. One of the most famous Hindu texts, the Bhagavad Gita, is part of The Mahabharata, and is a scene that takes place in the middle of the battle when the god Krishna dispenses advice to the warrior Arjuna, one of the brothers of the Pandava family.
This excerpt of The Bhagavad-Gita is a modern rendition directed by Peter Brook:
The Mahabharata was also aired as a TV Series in India, which has been uploaded on Youtube – testament to the awesomeness of the internet.
Also, for a taste of The Mahabharata outside India, check out a wayang kulit scene of Arjuna slaying a giant: