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Free download The Difficulty of Being Good On the Subtle Art of Dharma ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Î In his new book Gurcharan Das turns to the Mahabharata in order to answer the uestion why be good'' and discovers that the epic's world of moral haziness and uncertainty is closer to S dwells on the goal of dharma moral well being It addresses the central problem of how to live our lives in an examined way holding a mirror up to us and forcing us to confront the many ways in which we deceive ourselves and others What emerges is a doctrine of dharma that we can apply to our business decisions political strategies and interpersonal relationships in effect to life itsel. Why be good when being bad is considered to be coolWhy does always bad things happen to good peopleIn a society where people get away by doing bad things why should people still believe in 'Dharma'Is a bad person never good Does not the good sometimes become badUltimately what is good and bad What exactly is our DharmaIsn't there a certain degree of good in all evil and a certain degree of evil in all goodHow does one come to terms with the uncertain ethics of the world around usWas the great epic called 'Mahabharata' about 'war' or was it about 'peace' Is Mahabharata relevant in today's worldHow does one deal with 'moral' dilemmas when along both sides are one's own peopleShould one forgive the wrong doer or take revengeIs moral blindness an intracable human condition or can one change itA lot many times we grope hard in the dark for a lot of these answers There is hardly anyone who at some or the other point in life has not found himself struggling with these moral dilemmas Through the elaborate analysis of the powerful characters of Mahabharata the great author tries to find some of these answers First why does a person stray on the wrong path For Duryodhana it was envy and the influence of his uncle on him For his father it was insecurity For Ashwathaama it was revenge For Karna it was a search for his identity Reasons could be many The idea is that in life several thingsemotionscircumstances have the power to easily stray one from the right path In today's world where a bride is burnt alive a lot many times the reason is greed Bhisma Drona and many such learned men knew the Kauravas were wrong in what they did to the Indian ueen Draupadi But their loyalties were not towards what was ethical but towards a throne A lot many times we follow the wronged ones just because they are our blood relations; knowing very well that the same will lead to a doom for not just us but them as well in the long run In times of moral dilemmas it is easier to weigh the two sides not on who is ethical but on who is closer to us And that as the book conveys is disastrous for everyone and not just the victim Second what is one supposed to do when wronged Does one forgive or does one avenge Are there are limits of tolerance Yudhistra resisted war even after losing everything But his goodness was exploited way too farMy favourite chapter of the book is 'Draupadi's Courage' When she is brought to the assembly her first uestion is to her husband 'Whom did you lose first yourself or me' This line has haunted me for days Clearly her husband must have lost his conscience first to have staked his wife For how could he stake the woman he was supposed to protect What is left of Dharma For Draupadi when honest people fail in their duties to speak against wrong they 'wound' dharma and deserve punishment If only someone had done that in the assembly the catastrophic war could have been avoidedThe best part of the book is it does not try to take sides it does not preach It only tells us that world is made to be imperfect And how we can still be good and carve out what we want to become rather than let circumstances define that for usSome of the greatest messageslines of the book are Do good to others but only to the point where goodness does not hurt Yudhishtra was good but he realized his goodness was being exploited too far and was sending a wrong message His final decision to go to war was to send the message that goodness should not be exploited too far Yudhistra's journey from the assembly to the Kurukshetra is insightful Let no man do to another which is repugnant to himself How would you feel if it was you who was suffering When in a dilemma choose the right person and not merely the one close to you Arjuna knows if he fights he would be killing his own loved on

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In his new book Gurcharan Das turns to the Mahabharata in order to answer the uestion why be good'' and discovers that the epic's world of moral haziness and uncertainty is closer to our experience as ordinary human beings than the narrow and rigid positions that define most debate in this fundamentalist age of moral certainty The Mahabharata is obsessed with the elusive notion of dharma. Why be good when being bad is considered to be coolWhy does always bad things happen to good peopleIn a society where people get away by doing bad things why should people still believe in Non Violence and DharmaIs a bad person never good Does not the good sometimes become badUltimately what is good and badThe above uestions might have passed through your mind at least once in your lifetime Thus what does being good mean Why be good It is at this juncture that this book tries to find meaning to the word Dharma by dissecting the characters in Mahabharata one by one and discussing their behaviour patterns While reading the book one might often wonder whether a person can be called inherently good or bad Isn't there a Raavan hiding in each of the righteous Ramas of the world Or to put it in the modern version wasn't a part of Voldemort there in Harry Potter himselfI have never found it so hard to write a review for a book that I absolutely loved I fear that my review however times edited would not do justice to it The theme of this book is so close to my heart that after reading the summary given at the back of this book I just could not hide my happiness in finding a book that talks about some ueries that I have had all along my life till nowFor an introvert like me who can easily be outsmarted by others and to have to smile at the same person cursing myself for my lack of ability to express myself the theme of this book is relevant in my day to day life The uestion of why be good has occurred to me many a times in lifeFrom my experiences in life so far I have learnt that a person can never be categorized as good or bad It is difficult to draw a straight line between good karma and bad karma The matter is subtle delicately complex This has been beautifully discussed in this book through various chapters disseminating each character of The Mahabharatha and also including politicalcorporate figures from everyday news in some placesStill my favorite chapter is The Krishna's Guile with the tagline It is the way it is All through the Gita The Krishna preaches about being righteous but during the Kurukshetra War he makes the Pandavas win by trickery Duryodhana uestions this approach while dying and Krishna replies with a simple somethings are the way it is This is my favorite because it helps in finding peace with many situations in life when we fail to find logic in what has happenedI loved this book and I am sure that this is going to be one of my bibles books I love and would read re read re re read and by heart and treasure in life I would recommend this book to anyone anytime as its relevant in all ages

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The Difficulty of Being Good On the Subtle Art of DharmaIn essence doing the right thing When a hero falters the action stops and everyone weighs in with a different and often contradictory take on dharma The epic's characters are flawed but their incoherent experiences throw light on our familiar dilemmas Gurcharan Das's best selling book India Unbound examined the classical aim of artha material well being This his first book in seven year. Shallow Eg opening sentence The Mahabharata is the story of a futile and terrible war Futile How Another eg pg 7 which tries to analyse why Yudhishthira played the disastrous game of dice Inaccurate Eg Pg xvi seems to indicate that Pandu waged wars after his sons were born and then left for the forest It's the other way he waged wars went to the forest and then had sons Does not talk about the second game of dice that the Pandavas lost and as a result had to go on exilePg xviii first line the kingdom of Virata where they have perilous and hilarious escapades HilariousPg xix Bhishma begins to decimate the armies of the Pandavas Inaccurate infact Duryodhana actually rages against Bhishma for not doing enough damage to the Pandava armies During the leadership of Bhishma the Kauravas suffer greater losses than PandavasPg xix talks about chakra vyuha in the form of a lotus like circular array The learned author is confusing chakra vyuha with the padma vyuhaPg xxi states the Pandavas choose Bhima to fight the last duel with Duryodhana Actually Yudhishthira offers to Duryodhana to choose any of the five brothers and Duryodhana chooses to fight BhimaPg xxix According to this chronology Mahabharata is composed after the death of Mahavira and BuddhaRepetitive whole passages are repeatedEg Pg 1 first paragraph Refers to Western scholars' translationsinterpretations than Indian ones Prefers van Buitenen to Kisari Mohan Ganguli This is not understandablePg xliv Refers to the Mahabharata as a wacky story it is about a war between the children of a blind pretender fighting the sons of a man too frail to risk the act of coition This is tantamount to dismissing the Odyssey as the wanderings of a king too foolish to find his way back home I don't know if this is what comes of reading western renderings of the Mahabharata but honestly one would expect better Pg xlv The Mahabharata is a profoundly ironic text with a very modern sense of the absurdReally don't want to delve