Man in Indian Tradition Vidyapati's Discourse on Purusa
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Book ID : 4601
ISBN-10 : 81-7305-217-4 / 8173052174
ISBN-13 : 978-81-7305-217-0 / 9788173052170
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Edition : (First Edition)
Language : English
xii, 124p., Bib., Index, 23 cm.
CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction 2. Vidyapati, the Crisis of his Age and Purusa Pariksa 3. Man, the Attributes of Man and Unmanly Types 4. Manly Conduct : i. Of Religious Life (Dharma): Religion as Faith, Religion and Ideology and the Question of Secularism ii. For Worldly Prosperity (Artha) iii For Love and Pleasure (Kama) iv. For Salvation (Moksa)
The book deals with the image of "man" that was posited in the medieval period when north Indian society was beset with crisis due to the internal conflict of sectarian ideologies as well as the onslaught of the Islamic politico-religious power. This state of socio-cultural and political situation wasperceived by Vidyapati, a great poet and statesman of Mithila (north-eastern part of Bihar) in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century, as that of crisis of man. He was probably the first intellectual of north India who recognized the significance of such socio-political and religious issues as "what is dharma?" etc., in a situation of multi-religious social and political order. Vidyapati introduced his idea of "man" or individual having courage, sense of discrimination (viveka), boldness of will, wit and learning (vidya). The book conveys his socio-political perspective that still appears to be relevant to the issues of national regeneration and development.