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How is the role of dharma in understanding the full meaning of the Mahabharata?

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If we examine dharma as a form of duty , it becomes imperative to understand it as the key to unlocking the meaning of the work.  The role of dharma is evident in much of the epic. This is particularly true for Arjuna.  When the son of Kunti feels despair and forlornness at the battle that lies in front of him, he abandons his dharma.  It is his dialogue with Lord Krishna that reminds him of the power of dharma.  The idea of fulfilling one's duty is vitally important to the work.  Krishna uses the construction of dharma to enable Arjuna to realize what the right thing to do...

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