Moral Dilemmas In The Mahabharata

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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 purucarthas the institutions of marriage and the family 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 an epic text and encourage the general reader to find in epic literature much that is relevant to life today.

CONTENTS

Preface vii
Introduction Ix
Moral Dilemmas: insights from Indian Epics
Bimal Krishna Matilal
1
Moral Dilemmas in the Mahabharata
T. S. Rukmani
20
The Concept of Moral Dilemma: Its applicability in the context of he Mahabharata
S. P. Dubey
35
A note on Moral Dilemmas in the Mahabharata
K. Kunjunni Raja
49
The Meaning of the Purusarthas in the Mahabharata
Y. Krishan
53
The Socio-Moral Implications of Draupadi's Marriage to Five Husbands
A. N. Jani
69
La Guerre de Kuruksetra n'Aura Pas Lieu: Udyog Reconsidered
Amiya Dev
77
Marriage and Family in the Mahabharata: Some aspects
S. G. Kantawala
89
Conception of dharma in the Sramanical and Brahmanical Traditions: Buddhism and the Mahabharata
Peter Della Santina
97
Reflections on the Concept of Action in the Gita
S. Paul Kashap
116
Arjuna's Moral Predicament
M. M. Agrawal
129
Arjuna Visadayoga
E. R. Sarma
143
An unresolved Dilemma in Dyuta-Parvan; A Question Raised by Draupadi
S. M. Kulkarni
150
Contributors 157

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