Although Rama is identified as the maryada (which carries the dual meanings of ‘boundary’ and ‘propriety of moral conduct) purushottam (epitome), the ideal set by Rama is never touted as absolute. The epic shows that there is no one standard of right action. Nor is dharma posited as something so lofty as to be unattainable by ordinary humans.
In this book, Sattar shows how the epic inspires readers to seek their own dharma, and why, in this quest, we are as likely to be right as wrong.
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