In his new book, Gurcharan Das turns to the "Mahabharata" in order to answer the question, 'why be good?', and discovers that the epic's world of moral haziness and uncertainty is closer to our experience as ordinary human beings than the narrow and rigid positions that define most debate in this fundamentalist age of moral certainty. The "Mahabharata" is obsessed with the elusive notion of dharmaoin essence, doing the right thing. When a hero falters, the action stops and everyone weighs in with a different and often contradictory take on dharma. The epic's characters are flawed, but their incoherent experiences throw light on our familiar dilemmas. Gurcharan Das' best-selling book "India Unbound" examined the classical aim of artha, material well being. This, his first book in seven years, dwells on the goal of dharma, moral well being. It addresses the central problem of how to live our lives in an examined wayoholding a mirror up to us and forcing us to confront the many ways in which we deceive ourselves and others. What emerges is a doctrine of dharma that we can apply to our business decisions, political strategies and interpersonal relationshipsoin effect, to life itself.
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Gurcharan Das is the author of the much-acclaimed India Unbound. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India before he took early retirement to become a full-time writer. He writes a regular column for six Indian newspapers, including the Times of India, and occasionally for Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs.Review:
''The book is a wonderful combination of the scholarly and the personal, the academic and the meditative. The basic plan works beautifully, building a rich mix of his very, very careful and detailed reading of the text, his other wide reading, and his life in business; an extraordinary blend. I found the use of evolutionary biology and the Prisoner's Dilemma to explain the pragmatism of the Mahabharata absolutely brilliant.''
--Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago
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Descripción Allen Lane: An Imprint of Penguin Books, New Delhi, India, 2010. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First Edition. Printed Pages: 486. Size: 16 x 24 Cm. Nº de ref. de la librería 039735
Descripción Allen Lane: An Imprint of Penguin Books, New Delhi, India, 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First Edition. What exactly constitutes being good? Each one of us is faced with the choice between good and bad in decisions we make, from the mundane to the major actions that could have significant implications. The author has explored the questions of morality and Dharma through the Mahabharata. Most religious texts are concerned with morality. But The Mahabharata is a text that analyses this question obsessively. The whole story is that of a conflict between right and wrong, between moral integrity and amoral pursuit of self-interest. But there are no black and white divisions here. All the characters experience moral conflicts. While the Pandavas are mostly good, they are not pure and flawless beings. They are essentially human, with all the inherent human failings. The Kauravas and their camp are not wholly evil and have some good traits. But they are mostly ruled by passions and perceived wrongs, and are driven by self-interest above all else. As the author points out, whenever a character in The Mahabharata transgresses the rules of Dharma, the action stops as all the other characters nearby weigh in with their opinions. This happens even during the War itself. The author wanted to find answers to the current moral dilemmas through an exploration of The Mahabharata. Could he find answers to the present moral degeneration in all fields of human endeavours like politics, society, and every other field through the ancient text? The Pandavas don’t necessarily want a fratricidal war, but they do not want to give up their rights. The Kauravas do not care what means they use, as long as they can get what they want. In the end, both sides break rules to achieve victory. The Mahabharata does not favor the idealistic and pacifist path of giving up everything in order to avoid a war. It also rejects Duryodhana’s amorality. Ultimately, it favors the pragmatic solution. Be good, but do not let yourself be exploited. As the author puts it, an upright statesman should be prudent and tread the middle path. Turning the other cheek sends out wrong signals, signifying weakness. A ruler must also be ready to use the ‘Danda’ or rod of force when required. Printed Pages: 486. Size: 16 x 24 Cm. Nº de ref. de la librería 033316
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