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The Serpent and the Rope

Mokshapath or Moksha Patam is an ancient Indian game, introduced to the West in the nineteenth century as "snakes and ladders." Its name in Sanskrit means "path to salvation," and it was used to...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2020 5:16 am UTC

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The Serpent and the Rope

Waves are nothing but water. So is the sea. This statement, lifted from Advaitic philosophy, serves as a fitting epigraph for the book as a whole. The sea, and the self which it represents, is...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 12:30 pm UTC

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The Serpent and the Rope

The Link Between Personal Relationships and Culture Rama's wife, Madeleine, is a French woman: an ex-Catholic who becomes interested in Buddhism over the course of the novel. Rama is an Indian...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 1:26 am UTC

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The Serpent and the Rope

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...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019 7:29 pm UTC

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The Serpent and the Rope

Waves are nothing but water. So is the sea. This epigraph functions well to encapsulate the metaphysical confusion that haunts this novel—a confusion that frequently borders on fatalism. While on...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 10:10 am UTC

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The Serpent and the Rope

K. R. Ramaswamy, a.k.a. "Rama" Rama, like the author, Raja Roa, is a Brahmin intellectual interested in reflection, introspection, and prioritizing the search for spiritual truth. He is well-versed...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 1:00 am UTC

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