The understanding of the notion of kingship in early Buddhism and Manusmrti: A comparative account
Asheesh Kumar and Jyoti
The paper begins by revisiting a number of ideas related with the idea of kingship as portrayed within the Digha Nikāya on one hand and the Manusmṛti on the other. We have analyzed a number of’ essays and books on the said subject matter and the illustration of the paper is based on our understanding of them. Within the Digha Nikāya, there are certain ideals which if followed rigorously, can lead one towards the summum bonnum of one’s life (nibbāna). The main aim of this paper is to find out the central features of the king and his relationship with the society, focusing on the Digha Nikāya, and find its points of similarity and differences with the ideal society portrayed by Manu within the Manusmṛti. Our work procedure will be theoretical by nature, we will be referring to different texts, articles, online sources. The comments included within this work will be both descriptive and critical by nature.