Friday, August 07, 2009

The Mahabharata on morality

I know what is moral and yet I do not have the inclination for it; and I know what is immoral, and yet I do not have an aversion from it.

5 comments:

aalochana said...

I don't know if this quote is meant to be applicable for everyone. I have to admit that it is true of me. Can you tell me which character says it, and where? It is embarrassing to admit that I can't guess the character. Or, may be, it is just the way the story is.

Murr said...

If memory serves me, I think it's in the Bhagavad Ghita, but I can't be sure. Unfortunately, I can no longer remember where I found this quote.

The Mahabarata is full of wisdom.

aalochana said...

Thanks.

maximillion said...

I don't think there's much real depth in this idea... moral actions were never something people did out of an 'inclination' for the thing itself; rather as a means to a desired end. Morality has never been fun - in fact for many people, is it not intended to be something of a sacrifice?

P.S. Is that a typo on the second word? Easily missed :)

Murr said...

Thanks for pointing out the typo. Hopeless proof reader here.

I think a moral action in the Western tradition does have something sacrificial about it. But in the Eastern traditions, I think it might be different.