Non-Violence in the Mahabharata Hardback

Siva's Summa on Rishidharma and the Gleaners of Kurukshetra

by Alf Hiltebeitel;

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Non-Violence in the Mahabharata

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In Indian mythological texts like the Mahabharata and Ramayana, there are recurrent tales about gleaners. The practice of "gleaning" in India had more to do with the house-less forest life than with residential village or urban life or with gathering residual post-harvest grains from cultivated fields. Gleaning can be seen a metaphor for the Mahabharata poets' art: an art that could have included their manner of gleaning what they made the leftovers (what they found useful) from many preexistent texts into Vyasa's "entire thought"-including oral texts and possibly written ones, such as philosophical debates and stories. This book explores the notion of non-violence in the epic Mahabharata. In examining gleaning as an ecological and spiritual philosophy nurtured as much by hospitality codes as by eating practices, the author analyses the merits and limitations of the 9th century Kashmiri aesthetician Anandavardhana that the dominant aesthetic sentiment or rasa of the Mahabharata is shanta (peace). Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent reading of the Mahabharata via the Bhagavad Gita are also studied.
This new monograph by one of the leaders in Mahabharata studies will be of interest to scholars of South Asian Literary Studies, Religious Studies as well as Peace Studies, South Asian Anthropology and History.

Non-Violence in the Mahabharata by Alf Hiltebeitel was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in March 2016. The ISBN for Non-Violence in the Mahabharata is 9781138646186.

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Page last updated 8th June 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (March 2016)
Number of Pages176
Thickness25 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4377969
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