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Gallery Reading: The Glory of the “Mahabharata”

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Cullen Sculpture Garden
Montrose Boulevard at Bissonnet Street Map & Directions

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Sri N. V. Raghuram, director for spiritual studies, SVYASA Yoga University, India; and chairman and founder of Yoga Bharati, USA.

Friends of Asian Art and the Museum’s department of Learning and Interpretation invite you to join world-renowned yoga instructor and practitioner Sri N. V. Raghuram as he talks about the great Indian epic the Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is an ancient Indian historical text written in Sanskrit approximately 5,000 years ago. Attributed to the sage Veda Vyasa, this epic poem contains 100,000 shlokas (verses) and 1.8 million words, making it roughly seven times longer than Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey combined, and it is considered literature’s longest single poem. 

The text most familiar to Westerners from the Mahabharata is the Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse section that was translated to English in the 18th century. One of the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known, the Bhagavad Gita emphasizes selfless, nonviolent service and was a prime inspiration for Mahatma Gandhi.

Focusing on the value of a holistic and integrative approach to the practice of yoga as described in the Mahabharata, this program takes place in the Museum's Nidhika and Pershant Mehta Arts of India Gallery amidst sculptures of Hindu gods depicting various positions of yogic practice. Following the discussion, guests are invited to join in a yoga meditation session in the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden.

Drop in! This program is free. Camp seating is provided. Please bring your yoga mat for the Sculpture Garden portion of the event.

Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; the National Museum of Korea;
Mr. William J. Hill;  the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Crain Foundation; TMK IPSCO; Cameron International Corporation; Aggie and Joe Foster; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.