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Three Satakas of Bhartrhari: Srngara, Vairagya and Niti

Dharanidhar Sahu (Author)
Synopsis The poet Bhartrihari probably flourished in the first century B.C. His Three Shatakas maps the journey of the human mind through different stages of growth and maturity: from the pleasures of erotic love and ecstatic celebration of senses through an indignant rejection of earthly pleasures to an equanimity, a calm attained by the taming of the temptations through meditation and philosophical contemplation on the nature of things. In keeping with Hindu view of life, the ancient poet gives as much importance of love as to dispassion (Vairagya) and ethical conduct (Niti), Vairagya or dispassion is not a state of mind, which only the world-weary people can attain. Even the romantic and worldly people are visited by it when the going gets tough, when they are let down by the people they hold dear. In that sense it is a universal condition of being. One hundred aphorisms on ethical conduct (Niti Shataka) enshrine the quintessence of the Vedantic view of life. Contrary to conservative interpretation, Bhartrihari makes the Law of Karma subservient to the human freewill and individual effort, thereby reinstating the dignity of man. The present translation of the Three Shatakas in English will prove to be very useful as it also contains the Sanskrit Text with English transliteration. It is hoped that readers of all age groups will find something interesting and instructive in this collection of three hundred verses.
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About the author

Dharanidhar Sahu

Dr. Dharanidhar Sahu teaches English and American Literature in Berhampur University.  His Ph.D. dissertation has been published as Cats on a Hot Rin Roof: A Study of the Alienated Characters in the Plays of Tennessee Williams by Academic Foundation, New Delhi in 1990.  His English novel The House of Serpents has been published simultaneously by Orient Longman, India and Sangam Books, London in 1996.  His second novel Rites of Passage is to be published shortly by Atlantic Publishers, New Delhi.  His English Stories and a research articles have come out in many national journals.

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Title Three Satakas of Bhartrhari: Srngara, Vairagya and Niti
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Penman Publishers
Language: English
isbn 8185504423
length xx+222p., Plates; 23cm.