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Narayana Rama Acarya (Bomhay: Nirnay Sagar Press, 1946). For reference to the commentaries of GovindarajJ and Medhatithi, see also Kullfik

But Yudhi~­ ~hira was a different sort of person. After lying to Drol)a, he was overwhelmed with more shame than guilt; after the battle was over his selfshame, contempt and derision knew no bounds. fDharma. But the war was finally won by not very glorious means, and. as Kr~I:\a made clear to him, it had to be done that way, for there was no other possible alternative. Bhavabhliti's Rama, however (in his UttaraRamacarita)29, was more like Yudhi~~hira. a tragic hero, than the original portrait of him by Valmiki.

Impartia Ii ty is an essential ingredient in the constitution of dharma, as it should be in any viable theory of rational behaviour. Dharma-morality can hardly be assessed from a selfcentred or emotionally biased, partisan point of view. We need the viewpoint of an impartial observer, just as equity and justice are commonly symbolized by a lady blindfolded and holding a scale. The last qualification in the verse quoted is also important. It enlightens usabout the human sideof dharma-morality. Whatever action is prescribed by dharma must also meet the approval of the heart of the honest and the wise; hypocrisy can never be a part of the dharma behaviour.

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