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The Mahabharata: A Literary Study (A Rare Book)
The Mahabharata: A Literary Study (A Rare Book)
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From the Jacket:

The Mahabharata is the greatest epic poem in the world, being eight times as long as the Iliad and Obyssey put together and three and a half times the Bible. Revered as a religious text by the people of India, it has been recognized by people all over the world to be a classical of world literature too. Though studies of some facets of the work are available, there has so far been no comprehensive and detailed literary study of the work. This is being offered for the first time in this work.

The Gita, which is part of the epic, has been extensively studied and in many languages, but as a detached text. The author, who regards the story as the main metaphor of the poet, shows that the Gita cannot be isolated thus from its embedding in the epic and has analyzed its message in detail, the space devoted to this being as extended as in most of the books on the Gita that have been published. There are also an outline summary of the epic and analyses of the major characters and crucial episodes.

A dedicated work by a writer who is the author of a five-volume philosophy of freedom and a ten-volume history of world literature, its analysis of the philosophy of the epic is against the background of the major currents of world philosophy, old and new, eastern and western, and the literary evaluation matches the highest standards of criticism anywhere in the contemporary world.

About the Author:

Krishna Chaitanya, whom a national periodical has described as "one of the most original and stimulating minds writing in the sub-continent today", and as "our nearest approximation to the Renaissance man" is the author of over thirty books whose interdisciplinary range got him the "Critic of Ideas" award of the Institute of International Education. New York. The major categories are: a five-volume philosophy of freedom for which he got a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship and which has been compared by critics to the works of Thomas Aquinas, the French Encyclopaedists, Herbert Spencer, Bergson, Whitehead and Teilhard de Chardin; a ten-volume history of world literature including a history of Sanskrit literature, in English and several Indian languages, which won a special award from the Kerala Sahitya Academy; several books on Indian culture including a four-volume history of Indian painting; and books retelling Sanskrit classics or vividly recreating the life of past epochs for children, one of which got the Federation of Indian Publishers' award for the best children's book published during the International Year of the Child. As Vice-President Chairman, member of functional committees he has been associated with over a dozen Cultural organizations. He has traveled widely in Asia, Europe and the USA and is listed in several international biographies and directories.

CONTENTS

Chapter 1A CONTOUR OF THE POEM

I

The Story Line1

II

The Shaping of the Story

13
Chapter 2A PROFILE OF THE POET

I

The Mind that Reshaped26

II

The Literary Craftsman

37
Chapter 3THE FOUNTS OF DISCORD

I

Dhritarashtra45

II

Duryodhana

64
Chapter 4THE ENCOUNTER WITH CIRCUMSTANCE

I

Bhishma79

II

A Spectrum of Patterns

96
Chapter 5THE TRANSFORMATION OF PREDICAMENT

I

Karna118

II

Yudhishthira

133
Chapter 6A TRIAD OF GREAT WOMEN

I

Draupadi145

II

Kunti152

III

Gandhari

159
Chapter 7THE STRUCTURED EPISODE

I

Dress Rehearsal in Virata165

II

The Hidden Stakes that were Gambled

170
Chapter 8THE ORDER OF FORCE

I

A Voltairean Guffaw188

II

The Breeder Reaction192

III

The Double Fallacy196

IV

The Order of Conscience

201
Chapter 9THE POETIC NECESSITY OF THE GITA

I

Failure of Philosopher208

II

Resumption by the Poet

216
Chapter 10WORLD AFFIRMATION OF THE GITA

I

Reality of Evolution226

II

Creativity of Nature234

III

The Advent of Man

243
Chapter 11GITA'S AFFIRMATION OF ACTION

I

Order of Automatisms252

II

Order of Freedom262

III

Order of Responsibility268

IV

Order of Altruistic Action276

V

Limits of Legitimate Force

284
Chapter 12WHO IS KRISHNA?

I

Coordination of Causalities296

II

Prologue in Heaven303

III

Lights and Shadows over Krishna

312
Chapter 13STRUCTURE OF HISTORICAL EXISTENCE

I

Structured Terrain or Quicksand?326

II

Karma as Structural Law333

III

Transmutation of the Tragic

344
Chapter 14PARTNERS IN HISTORY

I

Denial of History357

II

"What Krishna Meant…"362

III

Parity of Partners372

IV

Open-Ended History

384
Chapter 15FROM ETHICS TO AESTHETICS

I

Man the Moral Agent393

II

Man the Seeker of Delight

405
Chapter 16MEANING OF MOKSHA

I

Bonds or Bondages?418

II

Self-Transcendence of Man429

III

Deity's Partner in Work and Relish434

IV

Epilogue

447
Index456

The Mahabharata: A Literary Study (A Rare Book)

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The Mahabharata is the greatest epic poem in the world, being eight times as long as the Iliad and Obyssey put together and three and a half times the Bible. Revered as a religious text by the people of India, it has been recognized by people all over the world to be a classical of world literature too. Though studies of some facets of the work are available, there has so far been no comprehensive and detailed literary study of the work. This is being offered for the first time in this work.

The Gita, which is part of the epic, has been extensively studied and in many languages, but as a detached text. The author, who regards the story as the main metaphor of the poet, shows that the Gita cannot be isolated thus from its embedding in the epic and has analyzed its message in detail, the space devoted to this being as extended as in most of the books on the Gita that have been published. There are also an outline summary of the epic and analyses of the major characters and crucial episodes.

A dedicated work by a writer who is the author of a five-volume philosophy of freedom and a ten-volume history of world literature, its analysis of the philosophy of the epic is against the background of the major currents of world philosophy, old and new, eastern and western, and the literary evaluation matches the highest standards of criticism anywhere in the contemporary world.

About the Author:

Krishna Chaitanya, whom a national periodical has described as "one of the most original and stimulating minds writing in the sub-continent today", and as "our nearest approximation to the Renaissance man" is the author of over thirty books whose interdisciplinary range got him the "Critic of Ideas" award of the Institute of International Education. New York. The major categories are: a five-volume philosophy of freedom for which he got a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship and which has been compared by critics to the works of Thomas Aquinas, the French Encyclopaedists, Herbert Spencer, Bergson, Whitehead and Teilhard de Chardin; a ten-volume history of world literature including a history of Sanskrit literature, in English and several Indian languages, which won a special award from the Kerala Sahitya Academy; several books on Indian culture including a four-volume history of Indian painting; and books retelling Sanskrit classics or vividly recreating the life of past epochs for children, one of which got the Federation of Indian Publishers' award for the best children's book published during the International Year of the Child. As Vice-President Chairman, member of functional committees he has been associated with over a dozen Cultural organizations. He has traveled widely in Asia, Europe and the USA and is listed in several international biographies and directories.

CONTENTS

Chapter 1A CONTOUR OF THE POEM

I

The Story Line1

II

The Shaping of the Story

13
Chapter 2A PROFILE OF THE POET

I

The Mind that Reshaped26

II

The Literary Craftsman

37
Chapter 3THE FOUNTS OF DISCORD

I

Dhritarashtra45

II

Duryodhana

64
Chapter 4THE ENCOUNTER WITH CIRCUMSTANCE

I

Bhishma79

II

A Spectrum of Patterns

96
Chapter 5THE TRANSFORMATION OF PREDICAMENT

I

Karna118

II

Yudhishthira

133
Chapter 6A TRIAD OF GREAT WOMEN

I

Draupadi145

II

Kunti152

III

Gandhari

159
Chapter 7THE STRUCTURED EPISODE

I

Dress Rehearsal in Virata165

II

The Hidden Stakes that were Gambled

170
Chapter 8THE ORDER OF FORCE

I

A Voltairean Guffaw188

II

The Breeder Reaction192

III

The Double Fallacy196

IV

The Order of Conscience

201
Chapter 9THE POETIC NECESSITY OF THE GITA

I

Failure of Philosopher208

II

Resumption by the Poet

216
Chapter 10WORLD AFFIRMATION OF THE GITA

I

Reality of Evolution226

II

Creativity of Nature234

III

The Advent of Man

243
Chapter 11GITA'S AFFIRMATION OF ACTION

I

Order of Automatisms252

II

Order of Freedom262

III

Order of Responsibility268

IV

Order of Altruistic Action276

V

Limits of Legitimate Force

284
Chapter 12WHO IS KRISHNA?

I

Coordination of Causalities296

II

Prologue in Heaven303

III

Lights and Shadows over Krishna

312
Chapter 13STRUCTURE OF HISTORICAL EXISTENCE

I

Structured Terrain or Quicksand?326

II

Karma as Structural Law333

III

Transmutation of the Tragic

344
Chapter 14PARTNERS IN HISTORY

I

Denial of History357

II

"What Krishna Meant…"362

III

Parity of Partners372

IV

Open-Ended History

384
Chapter 15FROM ETHICS TO AESTHETICS

I

Man the Moral Agent393

II

Man the Seeker of Delight

405
Chapter 16MEANING OF MOKSHA

I

Bonds or Bondages?418

II

Self-Transcendence of Man429

III

Deity's Partner in Work and Relish434

IV

Epilogue

447
Index456

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