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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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To Have or To Be—I

To Have or To Be—I

Sick Systems, Sick Human Beings*

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(p.77) 18 To Have or To Be—I
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Chaturvedi Badrinath
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Tulsi Badrinath

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.003.0018

The prevailing economic and political systems, with global market as its centre and greed for more as its driving force, must destroy the very thing without which, even in its own terms, it cannot exist: human freedom and liberty. Badrinath says that in the Mahabharata there is a sustained enquiry into the proper place of wealth in human living. If wrong perceptions create individual and social sickness, right perceptions are the way to peace and well being. It is important to have method by which we reach right perceptions. That is what the Mahabharata and the Jaina philosophy offer us in this age where social and individual sickness is more common than social health and well being, Badrinath says.

Keywords:   Eric Fromm, Mahabharata, Jainism, well being, having mode versus being mode of living

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