Friday, March 5, 2010

Episode 11 - The Loves of King Yayati

Episode 11 - This episode is the first in  a series that will break away from the Mahabharata and use the Bhagavata Purana as the primary source instead.  This is necessary if you want to find out Krishna's life stories.  Up until the Pandavas meet Krishna at Draupadi's Swayamvara, no mention is made of Krishna's birth, childhood, or rise to power.  That information is only available in other books, and the main source is the Bhagavata Purana.

The first time I read a faithful translation of the Mahabharata, I was shocked that Krishna just appears in the story, fully grown, and no information is given about his background.  So in the next two or three episodes, I will try to rectify that, starting with Krishna's common ancestor with the Pandavas, King Yayati.

I meant to push on and cover Krishna's birth and childhood in this single episode, but I was afraid that all the names and details would get overwhelming if I tried to put all this together, so next episode we'll cover Krishna's birth and toddler-hood.

The story is getting much more complicated, and we're meeting many new characters, so I'm doing my best to keep it all as clear as possible in the narrative.  Please send feedback and let me know how I'm doing, and whether there is anything I could do to make the story easier to follow.  Please leave comments on my blog, or email me:  I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Thank you very much for Podcasts..... Its really helpful for someone who has not yet thought of reading mahabharata.

  2. Thank you for the excellent narration. Born into Brahmin family, I was really blessed to hear these stories first hand from my grand parents.
    I have hard time recalling the origins of Yayati and the genealogy all the way from there. Greatly appreciate the podcasts as it brings to me the dear stories of Mahabharata in a simple listening.

  3. Thank you for taking the time and effort to make these podcasts. I'm thoroughly enjoying your narration.