Business Sutra 8: Family Feuds

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Telecast on July 24,2010

Ramayana, for me, is a very complex epic and I am dismayed at how simplistically it is presented by many storytellers. It deals with fundamental issues of humanity such as property. What is property, I wonder? It is not a natural concept. It is a human construct, and it has shaped human history in dramatic ways. The Ramayana wonders if Ayodhya belongs to Ram or Ram belongs to Ayodhya. What defines Ram? Is it his royalty? He is fettered to the laws of the Raghu clan, but does he derive his self-image from it? Where does our self-image come from? The gap between who we really are and what we derive our identity from is quite stark when we read the Ramayana. Also stark is the relationship between Ram and Laxman. Is the point of existence loyalty or dharma? Are they not one and the same? Loyalty, one realizes, is materialistic virtue, not spiritual virtue. But why?

Segment 1: Three pairs of brothers

Segment 2: Self and Self Image

Segment 3: Loyalty or Dharma

  • Ajay K. Merchant

    This was truly very interesting and never heard about what happened between Ram and Laxman after they return from the jungle. It was truly a great story and lot of learning.


  • Sarika

    Some how the Segment 2: Self and Self Image reminds me of Deewar Dialogue which somewhat(not all) represents what you have and what you are :-)
    AB to SK:

    mere paas gadi hai bangla hai bank balance hai
    Tumhare paas kya hai? (what you have)

    SK to AB:

    Mere paas Ma hai (what you are)


  • Latha


    Request for the telecast schedule ….


  • Sundarrajan

    Dear Devdutt,

    Thanks for sharing the vdo. I have a query, refering to Myth=Mythia, we know that kuber is an yaksha,and Raavan is a demon/Rakshas. Could you please help me to understand the relation between a yaksha and a rakshas. The reason i post the question is since we are comparing two different races,am sure there would be a different in mindset unlike the 2 other brother sets (one in manushya,other is vanara). Could the third set is viable to compare?


  • Dilip


    As always your insights are very enriching. I am really happy now now we can also listen to you rather than just reading your articles.

    In your ‘Loyalty or Dharma’ you mention that the ‘given word’ is more important than loyalty.

    But in Mahabharata ‘the word’ of Bhishma and Karna made them go against dharma.

    In this case does it mean that you can break your word if dharma is at stake. Or as you mention always these rules have to be understood in ‘context’. Please compare and contrast these 2 contexts.

    Thanks and Best Regards,

  • Mohan Ramchandani

    Very very interesting . By listening to you and reading
    your posts my understanding of myself and fellow human beings is improving. Thanks.

  • TusharJalan

    finally we have our very own Tom Peters…delivering such profoundly enriching wisdom.
    Thank you so much…Keep on going.
    With each episode/column we are turning wiser

  • Andy

    Dear Sir
    Your show simply wonderful.You are truly wise beyond your years
    Best Regards

  • Rakesh Lakhotiya

    Duttji, u can start a career in writing screenplays and inspiring dialouges. xcellent.

  • Rakesh Lakhotiya

    duttji, perfect. xcellent.always watch ur video and read ur article before i go to work.

  • Yogesh S.

    Dear Sir,

    Your words are really inspiring. Thanks for sharing scripture knowledge in simple and easily understandable words.

    Yogesh S.

  • Sir FYI laxman was not given a CAPITAL punishment but he was abandoned by shree Ram on the suggestion of shree hanuman as abandoning is worst than the capital punishment. Tks for your time to read my opinion tks sanjay

  • Anindita Kundu

    your analysis of the happenings in the ramayana and the Mahabharat is excellant.You have renewed my interest in our scriptures.The way you speak makes for very engaging viewing and i thoroughly enjoy the same along with my son.

  • Kumaran

    Dear Devdutt,

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful knowledge. I have a question regarding your statement in the Seg#1 of the this episode. If you say that (metaphorically) south (where nothing is static and is highly uncertain) is exactly opposite of the north (where everything is ideal and certain), then why is Lord Yama, who represents death (which is again certain for everyone) associated with the South?

    Warm Regards,

    • Devdutt

      Death is the ultimate change….the one thing that cannot be stopped. Hence Yama is lord of the south.

  • biral rathi

    do you have a hindi edition of these videos and articles? i’m sure there are many hindi readers who’ll benefit from your profound thoughts. a great market for you, and a great source of discovery for them.

    • Devdutt

      Not yet…but hopefully soon

  • Its really nice to learn all this!

  • Senthil Prakasam

    Dr.Dev, You are a Philosopher.

    You are helping me to get closer to what I am searching for the past 8 years.

    I am happy that i did get your perception about who we are and what we are. I believe it will help the people like me, who are in search of them-self.

    Senthil Prakasam

  • Balaji Devarajan

    Sir, am not able to view the video of Seg 2 (Episode 8. Please rectify. Thanks a lot.
    I thoroughly enjoyed all your episodes.

  • Satinder

    I want to buy all the three videos. Are they available ?

    • Devdutt