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Grief and Dharma: Suffering, empathy and moral imaginative intuition

Bilimoria, Purushottama 2013, Grief and Dharma: Suffering, empathy and moral imaginative intuition, Studies in humanities and social sciences, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 33-54.

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Title Grief and Dharma: Suffering, empathy and moral imaginative intuition
Author(s) Bilimoria, Purushottama
Journal name Studies in humanities and social sciences
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 33
End page 54
Total pages 22
Publisher Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Place of publication India
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0972-1401
Keyword(s) grief
suffering
Dharma
Mahabharata
Tagore
end-of-life
Summary The article explores recent thinking on the 'hard emotions', in particular, grief, sorrow and mourning, and link the challenging inner and social condition to the calling of Dharma (righteous law, normatively worthy action). Drawing from some comparative work (academic and personal) in the study of grief, mourning and empathy, we shall discuss the treatment of this tragic pathos in classical Indic literature and modern-day psychotherapy. We shall demonstrate, despite being secularised, these emotions continue to serve as the sites of imagination at a much more personal and inter-personal level that are not antithetical to a Dharmic (sacred) quest despite their haunting presence even when 'the four walls collapse around one in the intensity of duḥkha (suffering, sorrow).
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Indian Institute of Advanced Study
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