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‘Ahiṃsā Parmo Dharma’ (Non-violence is the greatest duty), resounds through the Indian epic Mahābhārata number of times and yet it is full of wars. This dichotomy seems to be a reflection of the conflicting tendencies in human life.
The epic does not project any stereotypical ideal way of life, but looks at it from different perspectives. Not having a war is probably the best situation, but the evil may grow if not resisted.