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The Ending Of Arrogance: Ksemendra's Darpa Dalana

The Ending Of Arrogance: Ksemendra's Darpa Dalana

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The Darpa Dalana Is An Unusual Poetic Work In Classical Sanskrit From 11th Century Kashmir. It Is A Satiric Look At Human Attitudes As Also A Social Comment On The Times. Its 587 Verses Are Spread Over Seven Sets Of Vicaras Or Thoughts. These Dwell On The Main Causes Of Man s Arrogance: Family;Wealth;Learning;Beauty;Power;Charity And Sanctimony. All Need To Be Understood And Discarded For A Better Life. Each Discussion Is Enlivened With A Story. They Feature Humans And Animals As Well As Divinities. The Hero Of One Is The Buddha In Person;And Of Another The Great God Siva;Pointing To The Poet s Own Broad Based Outlook On Belief. He Is Ksemendra;A Well Known Figure In Sanskrit Literature;Whose Epigrammatic Verses Are Also Quoted In Anthologies. His Work Includes Critiques On Poetics And Prosody;Devotional Poetry;Epic Abstracts And Social Satires. Most Seemed Lost Over Time Till The Location And Publication Of 18 Works Over The Last Century And A Half. The Darpa Dalana Was First Published In The Original In 1890;And Translated Into German In1915. Though Quoted In Works Like A.k. Warder s Indian Kavya Litrature Of 1992;Its Full Text Is Translated Into English Perhaps For The First Time In This Rasala Edition.
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A.n.d. Haksar
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