Banarsidas Was Not A Good Man Essay

1321 Words Apr 12th, 2016 6 Pages
Banarsidas was not a good merchant, and for the majority of his life, he was not a good man. His first two wives were not permitted to move in with him for a long time, probably because of his reputation of misbehavior and couldn’t financially provide for himself. In his youth, Banarsidas was more interested in learning and love than having a career, disobeying his father. As a youth, he implied that he contracted a venereal disease and worshiped Hindu gods. Banarsidas was not a role model for Jains yet still wrote his life’s tale for his family and friends to learn from. It was his new found enthusiasm for his Jainism and a new movement that inspired him to write his life as a lesson for other Jains. Babur’s own autobiography is similar in many aspects to Banarsidas’ yet there is one major difference. Banarsidas used his humble account to portray how a Jain should be and it is not his youthful self. In contrast, Babur wrote to record his experiences for prosperity and did not contain an overarching theme.
The most striking characteristic of the autobiography is how there is no obvious purpose. It could be a cautionary tale in modern culture if there was a clear climax of Banarsidas forsaking his misguided ways. Yet he fluctuates between socially acceptable behavior and his religious experimentations like with Shiva and Sufism. If the story is supposed to present a lesson of adherence to Jainism and to one’s parents, then it not complete because he never things. However, it…

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