This is my comments in reply to the post that was made on the blog entry :
Its said so that in the lifetime of an individual...
He should be taught Ramayana when he is a kid, for the virtues a man should possess.
He should be taught Mahabharata for learning about politics when he is of productive age.
And at the end of his life learn the Bhagvadgita.
If you've known/observed or not, the indian epics are laced with exaggerations in almost all the cases. When the verses, proses and poems are taken for their face value, i guess nothing holds strong against your own logical reasonings. If taken at face value, i guess all of them appear to be downright bluffs.But each of the story/incident that you are talking about has a lesson to it, i believe.
In the case of Rama, first Rama heard about it through one of his spies, not directly. Two, the people who talked about the same, were actually two rakshashas, who were disguised as washerman and washerwoman. The washerman banishes his own wife saying 'Im not a great man like Rama, who would have his own wife who had lived with other man for 14 years...'.
This instance was to teach the RajaDharma of a person. That a person in power should be of pure character and his dharma of a king comes first and foremost before that of his own individual prejudices. That is what is now called 'professionalism'
I guess we can go on others too...
On the comments on Mahabharata, first when the brothers were in exile, mainly because their palace of lac was burnt down by Duryodhana(lying is necessary here), the brothers lived not as brahmins but as soldiers of fortune.
Your 'Unbrahminnical' retort is out of question.
As of Yudhishtira, appearing as the weakest link, nothing is as pathetic and far from reality as it is. Just because, he is not a huge hunk or a master of weapons, he is never given the due respect as he is. Just the way, its happening around here, in this present world.
Look around and tell me who are the biggest celebrities here...the intelligentsia or the glitz-glamour ppl? Dont tell about the dollar churning CEOs, whoever thinks of the hundreds of brilliant programmers behind all this?