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Mahima Dharma Plea for Proper Perception

Mahima Dharma: Plea for Proper Perception S Nath THE article by Subha Kanta Behera, 'Jagannath and Alekh A Study in Juxtaposition' (EPW, August 16-23,1997), though scholarly presented and well-documented, lacks proper perception of Mahima Dharma in the perspective of time and space, unique to the Dharma. It lands, therefore, on confusions and misrepresentations. Mahima Dharma is neither a critique of nor it stands against increasing ritual orthodoxy in the worship of Jagannath and the desire to purge his worship of it. It revolted against idol worship, external exhibitionism, and rites and rituals standing in the way of pursuing a lifestyle free from desires, greed, lust, etc, and leading to the goal of releasing the non- visible Supreme Being (Niskamare anusar, adrushyapathase). Idolatry, discriminations, divisions and divisive forces due to caste, creed, race, sex, fundamentalism, etc, characterised the then social order and many a reformer, saint, sage, social movement both within the Hindu dharma and without, raised their voice, of which Mahima Swami and Mahima Dharma is one.

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