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Wheel of Desire

M L Varadpande (Author)

Lord Buddha, in his profound wisdom, said that for extinction of human suffering, complete annihilation of desire is the only way. This is the sacred truth of suffering. Acarya Carvaka, equally profound in his thinking, said that life is a continuous celebration of desire. Kama (desire) and artha (wealth) are the only true goals of life. Beg, steal or borrow, but live life like a king. Enjoy life full as long as one is alive. Who is correct? Lord Buddha or Acarya Carvaka? What is desire really meant to Indian society, religion and culture through ages? The book tries to address these and similar questions objectively and diligently.


Contents: 1.Introduction 2.The Cult of Kama 3.Religion of Pasupati 4.Celebrating Desire 5.Suppression of Desire 6.Fantasy Desire 7.Dance of Desire 8.Myth of Desire: Parakiya Love 9.Ardra: Beauty Desirable 10.Vedic Materialism 11.Wine and Desire 12.Devi: Womb of Creation Bibliography Index

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About the author

M L Varadpande

Associated with universities, academic bodies, drama schools and institutions in various capacities M.L. Varadpande is known for his ingenious writing on Indian art, literature and culture. His books include: History of Indian Theatre Vol. I, II, III; Mahabharata in Performance; Krishna Theatre in India; Religion and Theatre; Ancient Indian & Indo-Greek Theatre; Invitation to Indian Theatre; Critique of Indian Theatre (Edited); Traditional Indian Theatre; Dictionary of Indian Theatre.

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Bibliographic information

Title Wheel of Desire
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.08.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D.K. Printworld
Language: English
isbn 9788124610312