Entering The Jungle of 100 Texts
Mahābhārata has been called an epic, perhaps a "library" would more accurately portray the vast array of poetry, stories, incantations, metaphysics, philosophy, violence, love, purity, impurity, the divine, the devas, the Snakes, the battles, the Pāndavas, and perhaps much of human experience itself for many people throughout time. A vast work, that I approach for the first time like a jungle, having only read portions before in the form of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Anugita, and the Sanatsugitaya. The preface, introduction, translation and editing was performed by J.A.B. van Buitenen.