The author speaks about the application of 'Dharma' in our lives, in today's modernized world and brings into light his contemplations and interpretations of the Mahabharata; however, one who has read epic might notice that this book does not follow the order of incidents. It's all about the essence; one should see beyond the story and grasp the essence, for that is what the incidents signify. The epitome of truth per se Yudhistra, faced the tests to walk on the path of the truth invisible, but ever-dominant in our being. Author uses various incidences from the Mahabharata to depict the sub-harmonics of a life full of purpose and meaning. The stories in The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma aim to penetrate the reader's mind in form of their experiences and engage them in an observation of contemplative reflection.
The stoic character of Yudhistra who stands as the symbol of righteousness in character, sketches the hardships, and the rewards that shower only to disappear as the infinite journey of soul goes on. The author tackles the various impedances that deflect the flow of Divine away from the hearts of his children as they choose to run away from reality of bliss to a nerve-wrecking yet amusingly meaningless thrill of pseudo impulses that force emotions into it. The book aims to make the readers understand that there are no illusions there is only an illusion.
One word 'Dharma' holds the purpose of this existence. Vedic wisdom is universal wisdom and we, as skins of our souls, eventually act the will of its source and start going about assimilating. The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma with delivers the essence of that which is real, that which is absolute, with utmost efficacy. As the answer to the question as to "What is my Dharma" seems to be within the oblivion for those who are hesitant towards exploring beyond the ordinary, the author brings to the fore the true essence of Mahabharata, the epic that emanates the knowledge of the ultimatum through the interpretation of the happening.
To be godly is our true nature and benevolence is a feature characteristic of man. Dharma is beyond duality; it is the elixir of life that cannot be associated with colours, certainly not. But we need to know the colours well before we can aim for the truth of a life drowned in colourlessness, which is portrayed in Mahabharata. The title puts forth the question that has been prevailing in the human realm since the time when man first came to form, the question as to "What am I supposed to do? What is this life for that I have chosen?" Love and compassion is what we feel deep inside our hearts but the surface feelings keeps the heart trapped inside the emotional under-surge. Dharma when lived in letter and spirit liberates life from the infinite trap of rebirths to an infinite ocean of unending unity with the Ultimate.
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