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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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The Love of Violence—II

The Love of Violence—II

Happiness Inspires Creativity*

(p.129) 29 The Love of Violence—II
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

Oxford University Press

Badrinath writes in this essay that while in the West, pain and suffering were cultivated as the conscious means to self-experience and maximum feeling, in a considerable part of Indian thought, pain was sought for the very opposite reason—to gain freedom from experience and feelings. A definite fear of happiness runs through a great part of Indian thought, for happiness is perceived as transitory. What is transitory is perceived as of little value, for it is productive eventually of pain. The state of sam-nyasa is not a state of withdrawal or renunciation but a state of knowing the true place of human attributes in their natural unity.

Keywords:   duhkha, a-parigraha, parigraha, sannyasa, Mahabharata, Yoga-vasishtha, Jainism

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