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Time That Ripens and Rots All Creatures

Emily T. Hudson

in Disorienting Dharma

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199860760
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860760.003.0004

Series: AAR Religions in Translation

Time That Ripens and Rots All Creatures

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Chapter 4 explores the theme of time. First, two dominant “theories of time,” the system of world ages or “yugas” and what scholars have called the epic’s “doctrine of time” (kālavāda) are examined. The chapter focuses on these two conceptions of time because both depict time as an oppressive, destructive force that is implicated in the presence of suffering. Second, the chapter considers what the text’s narrative strategies “do” with time. It examines four different strategies that manipulate time and how they encourage specific insights into the nature of time and its role in the production of suffering as well as the elimination of despair.

Keywords: time; yugas; doctrine of time; suffering; narrative strategies; argument against grief

Chapter.  12761 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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