Monthly Archives: June 2015


The Writer Is Not In The Writing Writing

A writer is so closely associated with the words he produces that the readers find themselves compelled to spot the writer in the writing. And they try so very hard that they actually succeed very often. Every character that he produces is seen as either his real-life replica or somebody he wanted to be, hated or loved, or somebody he secretly was within the dark...

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Is Love A Relationship? Relationships

I have no idea what ‘love’ is, and I don’t think I can ever get anywhere close to knowing it, for it’s difficult to comprehend anything that means so many different things to so many different people. All that one can do is speculate about what it can possibly be. When does an intense liking for something become capable of being described as ‘love’ is...

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Knowledge, Truth And Delusion Philosophy

Much of what surfaces as the face of the world is nothing more than a general agreement founded upon the preponderance of convenience. This might be just a little bit complex to understand, I agree. To say that the truth is sacrificed at the altar of convenience is also incorrect because it is rarely that the whole truth is knowable. In the absence of complete...

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Lord Krishna: The Man and the God Theory

Lord Krishna is understood to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu and is one of his two poornavtars , the other being Lord Ram. Lord Krishna’s life is spiritually, socially and politically quite instructive, and so are his ideas. Osho speaks of the uniqueness of Lord Krishna thus: The most important reason is that Krishna is the sole great man in our whole history who...

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Vidur: Attributes and Conduct of the King Theory

In the political scheme of Vidur, the king is central, which is why he is insistent on the king’s inculcating all those characteristics that are required for him to be a powerful and widely respected monarch. Vidur is alive to the fact that it is through the regard of the masses that the king gains the moral ground from which all political legitimacy flows. However,...

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Vidur’s Advice to the King Theory

Vidur’s interaction with Dhritrashtra appears to be a generalized discourse on human virtues. It would be a serious error if one were to consider Vidur, the Prime Minister of Hastinapur, naïve enough to indulge in high sounding talk that is of no use or relevance to a king. Vidur’s exposition of the principles of good policy and virtues is very much in the context of...

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The Outlines of Vidur Niti Theory

Vidur was known for his wisdom, honesty and unwavering loyalty to the ancient Aryan kingdom of Hastinapur. He was the Prime Minister of Hastinapur and advised king Dhritrashtra and when Yudhishthir became the emperor after the great war of Mahabharata, Vidur helped him with the administration of the kingdom before accompanying Dhritrashtra, Gandhari and Kunti on their last journey to the forest. He was the...

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Narad on War and Peace Theory

Justness of the King is central to the legitimacy of his rule because an unjust king would progressively lose the confidence of the people and his people would no longer be willing to stand by him in times of adversity. If the adverse sentiments and unfavourable popular opinion of the people are gauged by an enemy, he would not hesitate to attack such a kingdom,...

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Sage Narad Advises the King Theory

Narad enumerates fourteen possessions of the foe that the king must keep a watch on at all times besides having a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of his own kingdom. These fourteen possessions are “the country, forts, cars, elephants, cavalry, foot soldiers, the principal officials of State, the zenana, food supply, computations of the army and income, the religious treatise in force, the...

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Attributes of Narad’s King Theory

Mahabharata is one of the two great Indian epics, the other being Ramayana, and is considered to be one of the foundational texts of Hinduism and includes the much revered Srimad Bhagwad Gita. However, Mahabharata is not just a religious text but also deals with several other aspects of human life including social norms and statecraft. When we talk of religion, we tend to expect...

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