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Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World$
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Balmiki Prasad Singh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195693553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.001.0001

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The Pathfinders

The Pathfinders

(p.90) 4 The Pathfinders
Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Balmiki Prasad Singh

Oxford University Press

Three ways were clearly stipulated by savants of the Vedic era as to ‘how should we live’. The first relates to karma or action, the second to rituals that prescribed yajna to propitiate nature and the gods, and the third relates to the bahudhā attitude. In its long history, Indian thought processes have undergone major changes spurred both by internal developments and by external contacts. Social conflict and external aggression have been a feature of history. Notwithstanding this, the bahudhā philosophy has found eloquent expression in India. This chapter examines this philosophy from the perspectives of the pathfinders: Lord Mahavira, Lord Buddha, and Guru Nanak.

Keywords:   karma, yajna, bahudhā, Lord Mahavira, Lord Buddha, Guru Nanak, Vedic era, yajna

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