In Book Twelve – the longest in the Mahhabharata – everyone takes a break to talk out deeper truths behind the wild events that have taken place in the story. The conversation between Yudhisthira and the sages suddenly falls through to a rich collection of stories about ancient kings, magic, and fables full of wisdom. In many ways it is really a book about what happens when you’ve won the war and have a chance to choose your life. In this talk we explore the different kinds of mastery and liberation that it offers, drawing on elements of Yoga and Ayurveda along the way.