World, life and leaving have different perspectives at different points in time in our life and for aiding our vision Vyasadeva compiled a range of literatures. They are interconnected, harmonious and non- conflicting. Conflict exists for those who see them from an exclusivist view point.
For observing the realities of the world, we have the Upnishadas, which are secular, abstract, non descriptive and principle centric. It is important that our observations about cosmic law.
be based on them .
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The Mahabharata and the Ramayana give the vision of how to live in the world. They are not only descriptive but are depictive. Mahabharata talks of an active world and therefore it always remains contemporary. Like some one said, “immortals always are contemporary.” We can see the Duryodhanas, Dushashanas, Shakunis and the confused Karnas in our lives even today.
Ramayana teaches us about leadership and it's lone battle . It teaches us that if one is honest and hard working the fulfillment is immense. It talks of Rama who as a leader had to forsake all relationships for his duty and the kingdom.
Bhagavatam talks about deflecting from this world, seeing everything as futile and going towards the non-existent. The only reality being that of intense affection for the soul of our soul the supreme lord, who enchanted every one by his sweet pastimes in Vrindavana.
While living in this world most people live the life of a householder. If one is able to balance the three aspects of life namely the world , living and leaving then at the right time one becomes completely detached form this world while being fully active in one’s sva dharama.
The Pandavas are a typical example of such behavior. They had upanishadic observation, an epic like involvement in the world and puranic like detachment. Hence when it was time for them to move away form this world, they did it in a very beautiful way