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KARMIC PHILOSOPHY OF BHAGAVAD GITA IN ARUN JOSHI’S THE FOREIGNER AND THE STRANGE CASE OF BILLY BISWAS (Pages 26-37) by Prof. Vitthalbhai Patel in THE ENGLISH INDIA / ISSN: 2321-1172 (Online); 2347-2634 (Print)

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Arun Joshi has focused not on the socio-economic or existing political issues, but he has carefully touched deep and very sensitive layers of human being in his novels. Throughout his fictions, Joshi narrates different aspects of Karmic philosophy taught by Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita like law of causation, law of action and reaction, law of compensation, and law of retribution, attitude towards action, detachment, characteristics of actionlessness, divine and demonic nature of man etc. Joshi seems influenced by the Vedanta philosophy, the way of life taught by Mahatma Gandhi and the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, the preaching by Lord Yogeshwara to Arjun in the battle field of Kurukshetra, which has been seen reflected in his works. The roots of Joshi’s fictional forte lies within his own, Indian cultural soil. The Foreigner is a presentation of state of mind of the people facing human predicaments. Everywhere in the story Karma Yoga and Karmic principles of Life are seen woven like a fabric. Strange Case of Billy Biswas (1971), is the presentation of renunciation narrated in the Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna. The story of The Strange Case of Billy Biswas reflects karmayoga, bhaktiyoga, and jnanayoga preached by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. It is a reflection of searching of inner spiritual peace to reside in. The story of the novel focuses on the philosophical concepts of sanyasa and tyaga. It reminds Indian saint went to Himalaya in search of Jnana. The philosophical teachings are presented using symbols in the story.Arun Joshi has focused not on the socio-economic or existing political issues, but he has carefully touched deep and very sensitive layers of human being in his novels. Throughout his fictions, Joshi narrates different aspects of Karmic philosophy taught by Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita like law of causation, law of action and reaction, law of compensation, and law of retribution, attitude towards action, detachment, characteristics of actionlessness, divine and demonic nature of man etc. Joshi seems influenced by the Vedanta philosophy, the way of life taught by Mahatma Gandhi and the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, the preaching by Lord Yogeshwara to Arjun in the battle field of Kurukshetra, which has been seen reflected in his works. The roots of Joshi’s fictional forte lies within his own, Indian cultural soil. The Foreigner is a presentation of state of mind of the people facing human predicaments. Everywhere in the story Karma Yoga and Karmic principles of Life are seen woven like a fabric. Strange Case of Billy Biswas (1971), is the presentation of renunciation narrated in the Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna. The story of The Strange Case of Billy Biswas reflects karmayoga, bhaktiyoga, and jnanayoga preached by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. It is a reflection of searching of inner spiritual peace to reside in. The story of the novel focuses on the philosophical concepts of sanyasa and tyaga. It reminds Indian saint went to Himalaya in search of Jnana. The philosophical teachings are presented using symbols in the story.

Key Words:Karmic philosophy of Bhagavad Gita, Karma Yoga, Bhaktiyoga, Jnanayoga, Principles of life

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