Introduction Intimations of the Good Life

T. N. Madan

in The Hindu Householder

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780198069409
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080038 | DOI:
Introduction Intimations of the Good Life

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This introductory chapter sets out the focus of the book—the householder, and his affirmation of a disciplined this-worldly life as the good life. Hindu society is best known by caste, its most characteristic institution, and by renunciation; perhaps its best-known cultural ideal. The interpretation offered in this book is that, although renunciation is undoubtedly a remarkable value orientation which permeates the world-view of even the worldly householder, it does not bestow its distinctive character upon the everyday life of Hindus. The scope, data, and methods used in the book are described. The various themes discussed in this book under the broad rubric of the good life are then presented.

Keywords: householder; worldly life; good life; Hindu society; caste; renunciation

Chapter.  6168 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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