Stating that the book brings out the real concept of Dharma, the former Maharashtra Governor and vice chairman of the Bhavan, Shri P.C. Alexander, said the wisdom contained in the book is taken from the Vedas. “Even the Mahabharata and the Ramayana have not said anything new; they had the same ideas as in the Vedas. The book reminds us of what we are trying to understand in our day-to-day life. The book interprets Dharma as a cardinal principle of human rights. Shri Jois has linked it to modern concepts. If we are to ask the question why we have survived for 5,000 years, it is because of our Dharma. We have stuck to Dharma and that is our contribution to the world,” he said, adding that Shri Jois has tried to make the book very simple so that even the layman could understand it properly.
Speaking about the book, the author and former Governor of Bihar, Shri Rama Jois said, “Out of the four ideals of life—Dharma, artha, kama and moksha—the Manusmiriti has omitted moksha as it belongs to the other world and laid down trivarga sidhanta comprising of Dharma (righteous code of conduct in every sphere of human activity), artha (wealth) and kama (desires), which became the basic structure of political, economic, social and cultural system of Indian way of life evolved from time immemorial to secure the basic human right to happiness for all.” He further said, “To achieve welfare and happiness some declare Dharma and artha are good. Others declare that artha and kama are better. Still others declare that Dharma is the best. There are also people who declare artha alone secures happiness. But the correct view is that trivarga, the aggregate of Dharma, artha and kama secure welfare and happiness. However, desire and material wealth must be rejected if they are contrary to Dharma,” he added.