We all see this ancient happening either as a history or an epic, but in a spiritual way, Paramahansa Yogananda describes it as a Manual of Self Conquest through his three volume translation of the Bhagavad-Gita with the name God talks with Arjuna. While The Ramayana is well-viewed as the way to enlightenment, Mahabharata, when observed, will give you a definite detail about your emotional self, which in turn, it is the story of you, presented Inside Out.
This doesn’t mean that Mahabharata never happened. It really happened, and we’re now seeing vast evidence of it. But what it ultimately teaches us is that it has all the wisdom that an entire civilization gained, either technologically, emotionally, and academically. But when we keep the Self Knowledge aside, which was kept secret even in those days, all the advances gained by them, came not to their aid at the brink of war. This was a tangible emphasis. But when we look at the intangible aspects of this civilization, they’ve expressed every emotion, be it vile or greater that the current civilization is boasting that it’s doing new, actually a recycled experience.
So in a way, when you hear or read Mahabharata with an open mind, you’ll find the emotions you feel when you’re reading are actually relevant to your emotional self, at least some, unique to each individual. It helps you to cleave out those attitudes away from you and reinvent yourself. As J.R.R. Tolkien conveyed in The Lord of the Rings, the enemy lies in one’s attitudes, and the ring survives because of the attitude of the people. Even though, in Mahabharata, Duryodhana and his minions were destroyed physically, his attitudes that corrupted people lived in the form of ignorance. But when those decadent attitudes were destroyed within oneself, only then the enemy was truly conquered.
-Viswanath Venkat Dasari