Dharma Essays

  • Dharma in the Mahabharta

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    Dharma in the Mahabharta The concept of dharma is the most central and core concept of Hindu philosophy, "all the other principles and values flow from the beautiful fountain of Dharma" (Srinivasan n.d., 1). Consequently, the Hindu scriptures present many examples of its importance in a variety of ways. The two epics Mahabharata and Ramayana are particularly interesting in their presentation of dharma. Dharma is Sanskrit word with many different connotations that are mostly of ethical nature

  • Sikh Dharma

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    Sikh Dharma, the youngest of the world religions, is barely five hundred years old. Its founder, Guru Nanak, was born in 1469. Guru Nanak spread a simple message of "Ek Ong Kar": we are all one, created by the One Creator of all Creation. This was at a time when India was being torn apart by castes, sectarianism, religious factions, and fanaticism. He aligned with no religion, and respected all religions. He expressed the reality that there is one God and many paths, and the Name of God is Truth

  • Dharma and Gita

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    of reality, dharma is the most significant concept in Hinduism (qtd. in Creel 161) , while Badrinath notes that dharma is the fountainhead from which all Indian thought proceeds (Essays, 29). Dharma like many concepts in Hinduism is difficult, if not impossible, to define adequately, though many attempts have been made to do so (Larson 146). The Grand Sire Bhishma in the Mahābhārata make this point while conversing with Yudhishthira, “It is difficult to say what righteousness [dharma] is. It is

  • Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums

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    The Dharma Bums is a novel written by Jack Kerouac, it was first published in the United States by The Viking Press in 1958. This novel is described as semi-autobiographical because some of the characters in the novel are very similar to kerouac's friends in real life. The Dharma Bums is a novel about Ray Smith, our narrator. He brings us along through his life as an aspiring Buddha; we get to know some of his friends such as Japhy ryder who Ray describes as “The number one Dharma Bum of them all

  • The Dharma Bums Literary Analysis

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    The mind it not simple, it is not black and white. Instead, the mind is a very complex space filled with various types of emotions and ideals. Throughout The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac focuses his attention on an eventful journey by learning to see the world more objectively and perceive nature to be true and pure. Ray Smith (Jack Kerouac) is a man who has been through thousands of life-altering experiences and has let his mind reach its potential of free will. Thankfully, Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder)

  • Why Is Dharma Important To The Civil Rights Movement?

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    “Dharanat dharma mityahu dharmo dhara-yate prajaha Yat syad dharanasamyuktam sa dharma iti nischayaha.” “Dharma sustains the society and Dharma maintains the social order. Dharma ensures well-being and progress of Humanity. Dharma is surely that which fulfils these objectives.” As we trace back our Ancient Indian History, India was a cradle of progress. Our ancestors had developed wisdom in every aspect of civilized life. Whether it be science, mathematics, literature, art, architecture or Law.

  • The Dharma Bums Literary Analysis

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    Kerouac’s, The Dharma Bums is a short novel depicting the adventures and newfound buddhist ideals of Kerouac and his friends. Like many of Kerouac’s other novels, The Dharma Bums contains stories of mad partying, immense drinking, and forms of transcendence and escapism. Although, The Dharma Bums differs from Kerouac’s other novels in the way that it goes about finding transcendence. For example, instead of simply letting go of responsibility, inhibition, and social norms, in The Dharma Bums, Kerouac

  • Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums

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    Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums does not fall too far from a basic description of his life. Kerouac spent the bulk of his writing career riding trains from city to city, meeting people and writing books and poetry. He was among the premier writers of the Beat Generation, a group of primarily urban poets and writers who put the basics of life and their spiritual nuances into poetry with a beat. The book, The Dharma Bums, is a window into the daily structure of the

  • The Sixties Exposed in Takin' it to the Streets and The Dharma Bums

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    The Sixties Exposed in Takin' it to the Streets and The Dharma Bums One cannot undertake any study of the 1960s in America without hearing about the struggles for social change. From civil rights to freedom of speech, civil disobedience and nonviolent protest became a central part of the sixties culture, albeit representative of only a small portion of the population. As Mario Savio, a Free Speech Movement (FSM) leader, wrote in an essay in 1964: "The most exciting things going on in America

  • Nature and Society in The Dharma Bums and Goodbye, Columbus

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    Nature and Society in The Dharma Bums and Goodbye, Columbus From its beginning, the literature of the 1960s valued man having a close relationship with nature. Jack Kerouac shows us the ideal form of this relationship in the story of Han Shan, the Chinese poet. At first, these concerns appear to have little relevance to Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth. However, by mentioning Gauguin, Roth gives us a view of man's ideal relationship to nature very similar to the one seen in the story of

  • Materialism in The Dharma Bums and Goodbye, Columbus

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    Materialism in The Dharma Bums and Goodbye, Columbus Several works we have read thus far have criticized the prosperity of American suburbia. Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums, Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus, and an excerpt from Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem "A Coney Island of the Mind" all pass judgement on the denizens of the middle-class and the materialism in which they surround themselves. However, each work does not make the same analysis, as the stories are told from different viewpoints

  • The Rebels of Dharma Bums, Takin' it to the Streets and New American Poetry

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    Rebels of Dharma Bums, Takin' it to the Streets and New American Poetry You don't need a destination to run away. All you have to know is what you are leaving behind. In the 1960's, young men and women in the United States, especially on the west coast, made a mad dash away from almost two centuries of American tradition. They ran to so many different places that it would be impossible to generalize about their aims and philosophies. What they had in common was the running itself. America

  • Importance of Mountains in Kerouac's Dharma Bums and Barthelme's The Glass Mountain

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    Importance of Mountains in Kerouac's Dharma Bums and Barthelme's The Glass Mountain Mountains are significant in the writing of Jack Kerouac and Donald Barthelme as symbolic representations of achievement and the isolation of an individual from the masses of the working class in industrialized capitalist American society. The mountains, depicted by Kerouac and Barthelme, rise above the American landscape as majestic entities whose peaks are touched by few enduring and brave souls. The

  • The Laws Of Manu

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    explains everything one must do to be a part of their caste. In Hinduism each social class (varna) has its own dharma, or social law. The concept of dharma regulates all parts of life for Hindu’s and outlines their duties. However, there are different levels of dharma for people in the twice-born varnas, which includes the Brahmin, Ksatriya, and Vaisya. The different levels of dharma are based on the stage of life that an individual is at. The four stages an individual can be at are a student

  • Impacts Of Family Traditions And Religion In India

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    In Hinduism this person must follow a strict set of rules called Dharma. These rules state how this person shall lead his life. They state that each person must follow their Dharma at all costs. For example if their Dharma tells them to kill someone then it is acceptable to that person. A passage from the Bhagavad Gita explains this best through this passage “It is better to do one’s duty badly than to do another’s well”. Dharma varies from class to class in the caste system. The rules get stricter

  • Hindu Belief in Respect for All Living Creatures

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    rule that revolves around their lives "Carry out Ahimsa". Ahimsa actually means, 'non-violence', and is a strong belief across many Hindu's. Sanatan dharma is the eternal religion - Hinduism. Hindu belief revolves around the idea of there being a supreme being called Bhraman, the ultimate reality from which everything comes from. Sanatan dharma refers mainly to principles of; Ahimsa, saya (truth), asteya (not stealing), sauca (purity) and control of the senses. Every Hindu hopes for its Atman

  • Dharma Essay

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    1. INTRODUCTION Dharma, in concept deals with duty, religion and inseparable quality of a thing or orders i.e. virtuous conduct of righteous man and dharma in literal sense means ‘something which sustains or upholds’ and is a Sanskrit noun derived from root ‘dhr’. Dharma is semantic equivalent to the Greek word ‘ethos’ . Dharma in contradiction to general opinion does not mean religion nor supports any, but it is a whole body of rules and believes including in itself the religious rights, rules

  • The Kama Sutra

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    Hinduism throughout the Kama Sutra. There is no doubt that he passionately values the ideas of dharma, kama, artha and moksha as shown in his writings, and urges all men to practice them, starting at a young age. Although he never deliberately points out whether the text is exclusively for the noble class or not, his writing shows traces of that confirms that it is all-class inclusive. The teaching of dharma, as depicted in the Kama Sutra, also takes the lower caste into consideration. When answering

  • Buddha And Angulimala Analysis

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    Through analysis of the Aśokāvadāna, a statue titled The Story of the Buddha and Angulimala, and texts that tell the story of Angulimala, I will argue that the stories of both Angulimala and Asoka show that redemption for past crimes is possible through meritorious action, and the best way to redeem oneself is by taking refuge in the Buddha and following the eight-fold path. To effectively argue this, it is necessary to first discuss the concepts of karma and refuge. In Buddhist cosmology, karma

  • Hindu and Christian Approaches to War and Peace

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    Hindu and Christian Approaches to War and Peace As international views on peace differ, so do opinions of different religions. Every culture has its own view on peace and how to attain it. Religious ties in most cases determine these values and laws. Two such opposing views on peace would be ancient Christian views and Hindu beliefs. Christianity believes in justice and love as the central focus of peace while Hindus learn to manage their own Self and create good karma to achieve peace. Early