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Quest for Justice: Select Tales with Modern Illuminations from the Mahabharata by [H.D. Goswami]
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"Based on a series of Mahabharata lectures, Quest for Justice is a one-of-a-kind book. The speaker, H.D. Goswami, is obviously learned, and also possesses an uncanny knack for turning the story into a very entertaining presentation, captivating the reader by its "page-turner" quality. All in all, it is definitely the best "popular" version of the Mahabharata I've ever read. It is very well told and the language of the text is exquisite. For those interested in India, Indian literature, and/or Indian religion, this is definitely a 5-star introduction. It is beautifully written, like a thrilling adventure story, with a cliff-hanger at the end of every chapter. Once you start reading you just can't stop - and that goes even for someone like me, who is basically familiar with the text." ‐Åke Sander, Professor of Psychology & Sociology of Religion, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

"Quest for Justice is based on a collection of lectures on various themes and episodes from the enormous Mahabharata Epic. Paralleling the rhetorical style and delivery of the Epic itself, the book's tone is one of oral transmission, as it reworks ancient narratives into an appealing, comprehensible contemporary idiom. Delivered with frequent good humor, the talks are easy and entertaining, even as they clearly confront the deepest meanings of the text. In this, the speaker benefits from his devoted, decades-long engagement with the text in the original Sanskrit. Indeed, H.D. Goswami skillfully and profoundly depicts the psychological depth of the characters and the existential dilemmas they face in a very vivid and immediate way. Put differently, Quest for Justice is something of a continuation of the Epic tradition - the perpetuation, contextualization and rearticulation of ancient narratives and dharma teachings for a contemporary audience. H.D. Goswami combines his trademark wit, erudition and insightful analysis, breathing new life into the most compelling episodes of this ancient literary masterpiece." ‐Edwin Bryant, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Rutgers University, USA

"Anyone familiar with the Mahabharata knows that following, much less explaining, this complex tale of fraternal enmity and fratricidal war is a daunting task. Yet, in H.D. Goswami's Quest for Justice, we are treated to a deft and captivating retelling that practically places us inside the drama as it ravels and unravels. At the risk of sounding cliché, the millennia that separate us from these ancient events do seem to fall away as we are invited to recognize the very real human emotions that motivate the heroes and the villains of this celebrated Indian epic. Reading Quest for Justice, it is easy to understand that we are dealing with one of the great, enduring works of world literature, not a period piece from some forgotten age." ‐Kenneth Valpey Ph.D., Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, UK

About the Author

A renowned teacher of Bhagavad-gita, H.D. Goswami (Howard J. Resnick)received his Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from HarvardUniversity, has published articles with Harvard, Columbia and the University of California, and has lectured at universities around the world. A lifelong practitioner of bhakti-yoga, he is currently developing Krishna West, a project dedicated to making Bhagavad-gita's ancient spiritual wisdomaccessible and user-friendly in Western countries.

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  • File Size: 815 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Krishna West, Inc.; 1 edition (April 24, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XK5CCVN
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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