The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma is a book that asks you why you should be good and how. Probably this can answer the moral and ethical collapses in society at large. Every day we see splashed in newspapers about widespread destruction. Not a single day passes without total world peace. Written by Gurcharan Das, this book is an attempt to seek answers to questions about the concept of goodness. Sourcing virtues of goodness from Mahabharata
The virtues and tenets of doing good have been taken from Mahabharata, which is a 2000 year old epic, originally written in Sanskrit. The Mahabharata is essentially a poem, steeped in wit and irony, and delighting the reader nevertheless. In this epic, the notion of dharma is brought forward, where dharma is to be righteous.
In comparison, a protagonist in a Greek epic wastes little time on reflecting back on his or her wrong actions. But in the Mahabharata, there is a lot of self-contemplation. The characters in this epic signify different aspects of morality. Their struggles with anxiety, duty, courage, envy, vengeance and compassion are closely related to the struggles faced by human beings in the modern world.
The author uses the espousals and theories of the epic to form a perspective. Comparisons of successes and failures of the epic's protagonists are made with contemporary individuals. Many of these individuals are current day names in the sphere of business, politics and economics. This is a book of accurate parallels drawn from the failures and lessons derived from the epic.
In every case, he finds striking parallels that carry lessons for everyone faced with ethical and moral dilemmas in today's complex world. About the author
The book is written with flair and erudition. Gurcharan Das has produced another bestseller. This book has enlivened with Das's personal interest in seeking the meaning of being good. It challenges the ambiguities of life by drawing parallels with a 2000 year old epic. His other well-known books are The Difficulty of Being Good. India Unbound, India Grows at Night: A liberal case for a strong state etc. This papaerback book can be ordered online with the ISBN number 10 of 0143418971 and ISBN number 13 of 978-0143418979. Order online your copy today.