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The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma

The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma

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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.

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Product Details
Language English
Publication Date June 25, 2012
Publisher Penguin India
Contributor(s) Gurcharan Das
Binding Paperback
Edition 2009
Page Count 488
ISBN 10 0143418971
ISBN 13 9780143418979
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  1.  Authoritative and insightful 11 April, 2013 On Junglee.com
    Gurcharan Das's love of capitalism generally shrouds most of his writings. This one also I was very sceptical of as here, I was looking at a businessman's commentary on philosophy. Das takes it a good three notches higher than any of his other works making his research and narrative speak of absolute authority and decisive opinion. The chapter on Karna is an absolute beauty and deserves an applause. Both the idea of picking up a virtue from each of the Mahabharatha icons and then painstakingly dissecting it to the level of drawing parallels to what part of today's socio-economic landscape stands shaped by that virtue, are tasks done brilliantly in this work. The popular notions of good and bad, heroes and villains and black and white stand challenged in this book. The book however is inconsistent in its narrative about the individual virtues (and vices) selected and leaves you with a sense of wanting a little more of some of the discussions. Parallels to Greek and Roman philosophy drawn are timely and specific - making you wonder how the story of philosophy has been consistent with civilizations. Only caution is to split this reading into at least six seven parts to avoid overload.
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