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

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

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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 book by one of the leaders in Mahabharata studies is of interest to scholars of South Asian Literary Studies, Religious Studies as well as Peace Studies, South Asian Anthropology and History.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian liturgy, prayerbooks & hymnalsReligion & BeliefsHinduismHindu sacred textsReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religionSacred textsReligion & BeliefsReligion: general Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 06/04/2016 ISBN-13: 9781138646186  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Alf Hiltebeitel is Columbian Professor of Religion, History, and Human Sciences in the Department of Religion at The George Washington University, USA.

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