Themes and Interpretations of Hindu CultureBook - 1987
This book is an invitation to the reader not to get carried away by the striking ideas of 'renunciation' and 'purity' which dominate the academic literature on India, but to consider them alongside the equally important notions of 'domesticity' and 'auspiciousness'. The volume constitutes areading of Hindu tradition as a rich and sensible philosophy of life - what T. N. Madan calls 'a cultivation of moral sensibility' - one based on domesticity (householder status as opposed to, and prior to, renouncer status), plenitude (goals of the good life), detachment or transcendence (as a wayof dealing with adversity), and bringing desires under cultural control. The Epilogue briefly draws attention to the problems of modernity as cultural conceptions of the good life have shifted, causing Hindus to search anew for their sense of self and means of social reorientation.
Publisher: Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.
Characteristics: xii, 184 p. ; 22 cm.