This is one of the greatest spiritual epics ever written. It's also one of the longest, containing about 2 million words.
The stories are entertaining and magical. But above all else, it contains some of the most sublime and enlightening wisdom of all spiritual texts in the world.
Krishna is well known for his divine discourse with his close friend, Arjuna, called the Bhagavad Gita, and it is among the most treasured parts of the Mahabharata.
As the sun dispels the darkness, so does the [Maha]Bharata by its discourses on religion, profit, pleasure and final release, dispel the ignorance of men. - Book 1, Section I
The [Maha]Bharata is said to be as much a mine of gems as the vast Ocean or the great mountain Meru. This history is sacred and excellent, and is equivalent to the Vedas, worthy of being heard, pleasing to the ear, sin-cleansing, and virtue-increasing. - Book 1, Section LXII