This study further offers an analysis of the
epic's teachings by
seeking to identify its principal doctrinal tendencies and the
specific answers it gives to major questions of religious
thinking such as the nature of God, the path to salvation, cosmic
and personal eschatology, ethics and the authority of scripture.
Through this approach the text is allowed to speak in its own
terms and justice is done to the genuine diversity of
perspectives contained in its various sections.
to and major themes of epic
thought. 2. The Mahabharata's teachings on the status of
scripture. 3. Religious organisation in the Mahabharata.
4. Epic soteriology.5. Epic theism: the nature of
God.6. Epic eschatology. 7. The Mahabharata's teachings
on ethics. 8. The
Mahabharata's understanding of humanity. 9. The control of
destiny over human existence. 10. Creation: the epic's
teachings on the origins of this world. 11. The Mahabharata's
teachings on gender. 12. Conclusion: the significance of the
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