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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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To Have or To Be—II

To Have or To Be—II

Both—Within Innate Human Wholeness*

(p.82) 19 To Have or To Be—II
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

Oxford University Press

In this essay Badrinath states that a different kind of violence is created by perceiving man and the world in the logical framework of either/or. It is in this framework that all political ideologies of the West were located, like the modern western thought in its entirety up to the advent of the quantum theory, but also after that. In the Mahabharata there is familiarity of the logic of either/or, but it demonstrates that that logic does not belong to the true nature of reality, which enfolds within itself many seemingly contradictory attributes. That position is expanded theoretically further in the Jaina anekanta-vada, the philosophical theory of the many-sidedness of truth in Jainism. Badrinath informs the reader that attitude to wealth is a central issue in the Mahabharata.

Keywords:   Either/or logic versus anekanta-vada, Mahabharata, Jainism, Bhishma, attitudes to wealth, artha, adharma

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