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Dharma vs the Law of the Jungle

Dharma vs the Law of the Jungle

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Devdutt Pattanaik
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“Culture needs to thrive but not at the cost of nature.”

Asuras are different from humans—or manavas—because they usually follow the law of the jungle, where ‘might is right’. This offers no reprieve for the weak, the helpless, or the downtrodden. According to this code, only the fit may survive.

Humans, on the other hand, have the faculty of reason—they can discipline themselves and tame the instinct to dominate the weak. They are expected to follow the code of dharma. But what is it exactly that distinguishes the two codes? Are we really programmed to live according to dharma or do we also possess the urge to live by the law of the jungle? Is a cultured society—one that follows dharma—really better than an untamed society?

Read on as Devdutt Pattanaik explores these questions and more in Dharma vs the Law of the Jungle.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Sep/2018

Length : 20 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

Dharma vs the Law of the Jungle

(Penguin Petit)

Devdutt Pattanaik

“Culture needs to thrive but not at the cost of nature.”

Asuras are different from humans—or manavas—because they usually follow the law of the jungle, where ‘might is right’. This offers no reprieve for the weak, the helpless, or the downtrodden. According to this code, only the fit may survive.

Humans, on the other hand, have the faculty of reason—they can discipline themselves and tame the instinct to dominate the weak. They are expected to follow the code of dharma. But what is it exactly that distinguishes the two codes? Are we really programmed to live according to dharma or do we also possess the urge to live by the law of the jungle? Is a cultured society—one that follows dharma—really better than an untamed society?

Read on as Devdutt Pattanaik explores these questions and more in Dharma vs the Law of the Jungle.

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Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik is the author of over 25 books and over 500 articles on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries for 15 years before devoting all his time to his passion for decoding beliefs of all cultures, modern and ancient, located beneath the veneer of rationality. Extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally insightful, Pattanaik also boasts of the added skill of simplifying his mythological accounts into delightful reads that engage young readers. He is the master storyteller of the very popular Fun in Devlok series and Pashu

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