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Considers the questions of loose will within the nice India epic, the Mahabharata.

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Destiny and Human Initiative in the Mahabharata (Mcgill Studies in the History of Religions)

Considers the questions of unfastened will within the nice India epic, the Mahabharata.

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25). But when Dhrw tara¯sw tw ra has finally got what he secretly wanted all along, his worries begin to mount, and we catch him in a rare moment of introspection: The gods take away the reason of the man to whom they bestow defeat. He sees things reversed. When his mind is confused and destruction is upon him, the wrong course looks like wisdom and cannot be dislodged from his heart. When his end is near, wrong has the appearance of right, and right takes the form of wrong. Rising up before a man, they lull him into complacency.

190). Everything lost in the dissolution is acquired anew at the dawn of the new creation. The Vedas are recovered by the same Brahma¯, the ancilliary texts by the same Brw haspati, the political treatises by the same S´uka, the art of music by the same Na¯rada, the martial arts by the same Bharadva¯ja, etc. 17–19). 104). The Earth has seen it all before, and will see it all again. 10 Additional confirmation for this view is provided by the events leading to the birth of the protagonists and to the conflict between the two sets of cousins.

27). Dhrw tara¯sw tw ra ensures that he is well supplied with whatever he might want of pleasure (ka¯ma) and enjoyment (bhoga)—all the while establishing himself and his sons ever more firmly in the seat of power. ” His funeral concludes on a somber note with Vya¯sa advising his mother (Satyavatı¯) to withdraw to the forest to avoid 30 ¯ BHA ¯ RATA DESTINY AND HUMAN INITIATIVE IN THE MAHA having to witness the destruction of the dynasty. He offers some prophetic words: “The times of happiness are over and a dreadful period lies ahead.

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