How do you think the novel The Serpent and the Rope succeeds in finding the spiritual truth it is aimed at?

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Rao presents a narrative of finding spiritual truth through rejecting careers and normative relationships in order to prioritize a more spiritual path. The first major spiritual truth I would point to is Rao learning to value his relationship with Savithri despite being physically separated and not being in any sort...

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Rao presents a narrative of finding spiritual truth through rejecting careers and normative relationships in order to prioritize a more spiritual path. The first major spiritual truth I would point to is Rao learning to value his relationship with Savithri despite being physically separated and not being in any sort of traditional relationship. Rao makes clear that to him, the value of their relationship comes from a spiritual connection with one another and that the center of their love is being happy for each other's happiness even when their paths take them separate ways.

The second major truth Rao finds is that academic studies are insufficient for his search. By deciding to study under a guru, Rao chooses a different path and a different model of understanding where truth and knowledge come from. Ultimately, the Serpent and The Rope is the story of Roa finding his path and the story of what he finds on it. But for Rao, that seems to be what is most important.

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