Culture, History

THE EVER ABIDING IDEA OF BHARATAVARSHA

I make it a habit on most days to read to my daughter just before her bedtime. Though I read to her from a wide range of books, presently the reading sessions are on Rajaji’s Mahabharata.

Jarasandha has just been killed by Bhima and Jarasandha’s son is the new king of Magadha but he has sworn allegiance to Indraprastha. Yudhishtra is planning the Rajasuya to proclaim himself Emperor. Indraprastha is shining in all its glory and the kings from all corners of Bharatavarsha have come to the great central hall and assembled there – all of them acquiescing kings attending in token acknowledgement of Yudhishtra’s supremacy over the lands of Bharathavarsha. The discussion centers around who should be the “Guest of Honor” Bhishma is unequivocal in his assertion that the only person deserving of this honor is Sri Krishna. A smile is playing upon Sri Krishna’s face and the two exchange a quick glance. Both of them know that they are avatara purushas – one here to redefine and re-establish the Dharma and the other to show that it is possible to live exactly in accordance with the Shastras. This is where we are at now and we look forward to continuing our journey together tonight…

Interestingly, it is here that Rajaji slips in a wonderful paragraph which alludes to the abiding idea of Bharathavarsha an idea that is a slap on the face of all those leftists who keep insisting that India was never one country but rather many small warring pieces. That little paragraph below:

//THE INDIA OF THOSE DAYS CONSISTED OF A NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT STATES. THOUGH, THERE WAS ONE DHARMA AND ONE CULTURE THROUGHOUT THE LAND, THE AUTONOMY OF EACH STATE WAS SCRUPULOUSLY RESPECTED. OCCASIONALLY SOME STRONG AND AMBITIOUS MONARCH WOULD SEEK THE ASSENT OF COMPEERS TO HIS OVER-LORDSHIP WHICH WOULD BE SOMETIMES GIVEN WITHOUT QUESTION. AFTER RECEIVING THIS ASSENT HE WOULD PERFORM A GRAND RAJASUYA SACRIFICE, WHICH ALL THE ACQUIESCING KINGS WOULD ATTEND IN TOKEN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HIS SUPREMACY. //

India is but a 70 year young identity. Bharatavarsha on the other hand is the abiding idea of one people, one dharma, one shared legacy. Let no one forget that…

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Image courtesy: https://whatalotofbirds.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/maghas-shishupala-vadha-the-most-complex-poem-ever-created-sanskrit-poetry-krishna-mahabharata/

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