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Nonviolence in the Mahabharata: Siva's Summa on Rishidharma and the Gleaners of Kurukshetra

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by Alf Hiltebeitel
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Nonviolence in the Mahabharata: Siva's Summa on Rishidharma and the Gleaners of Kurukshetra by Alf Hiltebeitel

In Indian mythological texts like the Mah?bh?rata and R?m?ya?a, 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 Mah?bh?rata 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 Vy?sa'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 Mah?bh?rata. 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 Mah?bh?rata is shanta (peace). Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent reading of the Mahabharata via the Bhagavad Gita are also studied.

This book by one of the leaders in Mah?bh?rata studies is of interest to scholars of South Asian Literary Studies, Religious Studies as well as Peace Studies, South Asian Anthropology and Histo

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Ebook Details
Pages: 187
Size: 2.6 MB
Publisher: Routledge
Date published:   2016
ISBN: 9781317238775 (PDF)

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