seeing through the eyes of scriptures
in the Adi Parva chapter 1 of Mahabharata we also read that Lord Brahma told Srila Vyasadeva to call Ganesh to write down the Mahabharata while it was dictated by Srila Vyasadeva himself http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01002.htm
so before reading Mahabharata we offer our humble obaisences to Lord Sri Krsna ,Lord Brahma , Srilla Vyasadeva and Sri Ganesh and Vaisampayana and Maharaja Janamajaya
dvaipāyano bhagavān aprabodhād
buddhas tu pāṣaṇḍa-gaṇa-pramādāt
kalkiḥ kaleḥ kāla-malāt prapātu
May the Personality of Godhead in His incarnation as Vyāsadeva protect me from all kinds of ignorance resulting from the absence of Vedic knowledge. May Lord Buddhadeva protect me from activities opposed to Vedic principles and from laziness that causes one to madly forget the Vedic principles of knowledge and ritualistic action. May Kalkideva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who appeared as an incarnation to protect religious principles, protect me from the dirt of the Age of Kali.
yat-pada-pallava-yugam vinidhaya kumbha-
dvandve pranama-samayesa ganadhirajaha
vighnan vihantum alam asya jagat-trayasya
govindam adi-purusham tam aham bhajami
I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, whose lotus feet are always held by Ganesa upon the pair of
tumuli protruding from his elephant head in order to obtain power for his function of destroying all
the obstacles on the path of progress of the three worlds.
The Mahabharata was spoken by the sage Vaisampayana to Maharaja Janmejaya during the fire sacrifice he did to kill all the snakes in the Universe, after his father Pariksit Maharaja was bitten by the snake Taksaka ,actually not bitten his very breath set Pariksit Maharaja on fire , it is interesting to know that Taksaka in Satya Yuga also tried to kill Prahlada Maharaja under the instruction of Hiranyakasipu this is explained in Narasimha Purana but not even a hair of Prahlada Maharaja body was touched or harmed due to Lord Narasimhadevas protection.Now Pariksit was not unprotected by Sri Krsna because He personally protected Pariksit in the womb of Uttara when Asvathamam threw a brahmastra at Uttaras womb .But Krsna wanted Pariksit Maharaja to go back to his Supreme abode, after all this material world is but a temporary manifestation of Sri Krsnas illusory energy so why should such a great devotee remain here? Maharaja Janmejaya was eager to hear about his grandfather Arjunas glories actually rather his great grandfather as Abhumanyu was the son of Arjuna and Draupadi i .Modern scholars wrongly caculate that Maharaja Janamejaya was king of India only 3000 years ago but the more accurate number would be closer to 5000 years ago give and take .Vaisampayana spoke the Mahabharata to Janamajaya on the instruction of Srila Vyasadeva who was his Guru , just like Sanjaya also was a disciple of Srila Vyasadeva
Per Nielsen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janamejaya
Janamejaya - Wikipedia
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Mahabharata in English
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