Moral Dilemmas in the Mahabharata

By: Bimal Krishna Matilal (Ed.)

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Here the collected papers explore the whole question of the relation between the mythopoetic and the moral in the context of the Mahabharata. Here we have a story of extreme complexity, characters that are unforgettable, and a cosmic context in which gods and men alike grapple with destiny. The obligations of kinship and friendship jostle with each other. The women characters, as in everyday life, seem to bear a very heavy load of the burden of life and to stand in a key position in almost every conflict. We are presented with predicaments at every turn. At times these predicaments seem to be aggravated by social structure. At other times they are cushioned by it. Philosophical tangles tied up with karma and dharma are interwoven with the mythopoetic material. Perhaps philosophical issues are pinpointed rather more than they are in Greek epic literature. The essays in this book treat the Mahabharata from an unusual angle, fastening on the moral dilemmas it presents. How universal are the dilemmas faced by the characters in the story, and are the dilemmas in fact resolved? In dealing with these questions, the discussions range over the meaning of the purusarthas, the institutions of marriage and the family, the concept of action in the Gita and the special predicaments faced by Draupadi, Arjuna and others. These studies invite the scholar to reflect afresh on the text and encourage the general reader to find in epic literature much that is relevant to life today.Printed Pages: 170.

Title: Moral Dilemmas in the Mahabharata

Author Name: Bimal Krishna Matilal (Ed.)

Categories: India, Religion,

Edition: Second Reprint

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2014

ISBN: 8120806034

ISBN 13: 9788120806030

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 102034

Keywords: Moral Dilemmas in the Mahabharata Bimal Krishna Matilal (Ed.)