LIBERATION THROUGH WISDOM: EXISTENTIAL CONFLICT IN ARUN JOSHI’S: “THE STRANGE CASE OF BILLY BISWAS”
Keywords:Wisdom, Liberation, Realization, Internal conflict
Generally, Wisdom is the key factor in any experience of true liberation. It is the ultimate result of mindfulness. Various philosophers belong to different schools of thought defined wisdom, liberation, mindfulness and other philosophical terms in accordance to their ideology. Ultimate result of their argument is that wisdom is a spectrum of experience that begins with insight into empty nature of all phenomena including the self. It finds its realization in the liberation of mind that direct knowing of unconditioned and transcendent wisdom. When the liberation of mind and liberation by wisdom are joined together, they can be taken to indicate two aspects of eligible deliverance. Liberation of mind signifies the release of his mind from craving and its associated defilements where as liberation by wisdom is the liberty from ignorance. Keeping this in the mind, this article throws light on the Joshi’s novel and how the characters, situations and attitudes are released from the liberation of mind and liberation by wisdom. The first one is the attainment of eligibility by leaving sensual desires and realization of ignorance and the later one is the attainment of liberation through wisdom.