DR. VINOD KUMAR VAISHYA 1P a g e JOURNEY FROM MATERIALISM TO SPIRITUALISM IN ARUN JOSHI'S THE APPRENTICE

Dr Kumar Vaishya
unpublished
Both materialism and spiritualism are two integral parts of human life that provide happiness. Spirituality seeks happiness within while materialism seeks happiness without. Spiritualism gives a lesson of selfless stance whereas materialism leads towards the selfish insight. The modern approach of spirituality in Christian vision was driven by the Holy Spirit or Angel. In Islam, Sufism is mystic dimension that is very much akin to the path of spiritualism. In Hinduism, following the path of
more » ... ing the path of spiritualism leads man towards 'Moksha' or 'awareness of self', liberation, true nature of life, and ultimate truth of life. Arun Joshi presents the spiritual vision of Hinduism through his leading character Ratan Rathor in his third novel The Apprentice. The purpose of present paper is to draw Joshi's vision of life which clarifies with the characterization of Ratan's journey from materialism to spiritualism. Through the novel Joshi probably tries to draw the line between materialistic and spiritualistic life. He also tries to suggest following the mid path of materialism and spirituality for the sake of one's existence and survival.
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