Religious Doctrines in the Mahābhārata (Google eBook)

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2000 - Hindouisme - Doctrines - 477 pages
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Contents

BACKGROUND TO AND MAJOR THEMES OF EPIC
1
Major Themes in Epic Thought
9
THE MAHABHARATAS TEACHINGS ON
19
The Mahabharata View of its Own Status
27
The Notion of Wisdom as opposed to Scriptural
39
Summary and Conclusions
46
Communal Religious Practice and Worship
58
Religious Organisation from the perspective of Bhakti
67
THE EPICS TEACHINGS ON THE ORIGINS OF THIS WORLD 1 Eternality and Repeated Creations
385
The Mythic Understanding of Creation
387
The Sarhkhya Concept of Creation
396
Conclusions
406
The Problem of Suffering in Creation
407
THE MAHABHARATAS TEACHINGS ON GENDER 1 Introduction
421
Passages Offering Teachings on Gender
423
Female Characters in the Epic Narrative
431

EPIC SOTERIOLOGY
75
THE NATURE OF
141
EPIC ESCHATOLOGY
247
THE MAHABHARATAS TEACHINGS ON ETHICS
293
THE MAHABHARATAS UNDERSTANDING
339
The Presence of the Atman in the Prdna and as a Manikin in the Heart
348
The Uniqueness of Humanity
349
The Hierarchy of Humanity
356
The Question of Human Perfectibility
359
Summary and Conclusions
362
THE CONTROL OF DESTINY OVER HUMAN EXISTENCE 1 The Role of Destiny in the Epic
367
The Predestined Nature of Humanity
371
The Conflict of Opinion over Destiny
372
Conclusions
379
Conclusions regarding Dharmasastra and the Narrative
436
Overview
443
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MAHABHARATAS TEACHINGS 1 Introduction
447
The Question of Right Action
448
Ritual and Virtue in Religious Belief
450
The Yoga View of the World
451
Understanding of the Nature of God
452
Political and Social Action
454
Approach to Establishing Doctrine
457
Conclusions
459
Bibliography
465
Index
473
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Page xv - The epic is a series of precisely stated problems imprecisely and therefore inconclusively resolved, every inconclusive solution raising a new problem, until the very end, when the question remains whose is heaven and whose is hell?

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