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Author Woods, Julian F

Title Destiny and human initiative in the Mahābhārata / Julian F. Woods
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, 2001
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 237 pages)
Series McGill studies in the history of religions
Contents The Theme in Historical Perspective -- Focus of the Analysis -- The Epic Context -- Hermeneutical Perspectives -- Cosmic Destiny -- The Mythological Background -- The Epic Accounts -- Personal Destiny -- Problems and Anomalies -- Social Manifestations of Daiva -- Prophecies and Pronouncements -- Krsna as "Master of Yoga," -- Daiva and Karna -- Daiva and Duryodhana -- Krsna as Daiva -- Destiny and Human Initiative -- Tricks and Stratagems -- Daiva in Human Expression -- Purusakara -- Morality (Dharma) and Moral Conflict -- Action and Contemplation -- The Mythological Background -- Krsna's Transformation of Vedic Values -- Some Alternative Views -- The Path of the Warrior -- Draupadi's Impatience -- Kunti's Exhortation -- Yudhisthira's Grief -- Bhisma's Instructions -- Action and Retribution -- Purusakara as Moral Autonomy -- Vidura's "Wilderness of Life," -- The Path of Self-Determination -- The Spiritual Journey -- Moral Implications -- The Evolutionary Ladder -- The "Fate" of Human Action -- The Problem of Agency -- The Solution to the Antinomy of Providence -- Some Notes on Scholarship -- Figure: Family Connections in the Mahabharata
Bibliography Includes bibliographical (pages 211-216) references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Mahābhārata -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0791449815