12: Santi Parva
Mohan Ganguli, tr.
Santi Parva is a huge interpolation in the Mahabharata, in the genre known as
'wisdom literature.' The narrative progression is placed on hold almost from
the first page. Instead we get a long and winding recapitulation of Brahmanic
lore, including weighty treatises on topics such as kingcraft, metaphysics,
cosmology, geography, and mythology. There are discussions of the Sankya and
Yoga philosophical schools, and mentions of Buddhism. It is apparent that the
Santi Parva was added to the Mahabharata at a later time than the main body
of the epic.
PRODUCTION NOTES: (11/30/2004) The printed edition we used divides this book
into three (apparently arbitrary) parts. Note that each part's page numbering
starts at page one, so if you cite a page number in this etext for some reason,
you will also need to cite the part. There was no 'Section CCCCLXIV' in the
source edition I used. --John Bruno Hare.