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Introduction to Sankara's Advaitism

Introduction to Sankara's Advaitism



  • Dimensions:8.3' X 5.7'
  • Edition:2006
  • Author: P.V. Joshi
  • Publisher:Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
  • ISBN:812083156X
  • Cover Type:Hardcover
  • Number of Pages:218
  • From the Jacket

    This book aims to give an exposition of basic tenets of Advaitism as propounded by Sankara in a succinct yet comprehensive manner. It is often claimed that Sankara looked upon the world as a Maya or illusion and rejected Karmayoga. It has been clearly brought out how these widespread beliefs are unfounded. Separate chapters have been earmarked to exposition to Sankara's major works like Vivekchoodamani and his seminal commentaries on the Gita, the Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras.

    This book highlights the tremendous contribution made by Sankara to the evolution of Hindu metaphysics. It is hoped that through this publication even a lay reader will be able to appreciate why Advaitism has been aptly described as the acme of the Indian philosophy.

    About the Author

    P.V. Joshi was born in 1948 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. After graduating with high honours from the institute of Science, Bombay, he went to Cambridge where he did Tripos in Mathematics. He was recipient of the Tata Scholarship. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1972. He has served with distinction in India and abroad. He was in Guyana from 1998 to 2002 where he was posted as India's High Commissioner.

    He was awarded doctorate by the JNU in 1990 in the field of International Studies. Dr. Joshi is keenly interested in comparative study of religions, Hindu metaphysics and spiritualism. His other publications include: Saga of Hinduism, and Vedanta to Modern Science. An accomplished speaker Dr. Joshi has given several talks on spiritual themes. He delivered a weekly discourse on the Gita on the TV while in Gyuana.

    Author's Foreword
    Chapter 1 Adi Sankaracarya 1
    Chapter 2 Sankara's life, work and achievements 11
    Chapter 3 Ferment in early Hinduism and its lack of unitary Character 21
    Chapter 4 Main elements of Sankara's metaphysics 37
    Chapter 5 The doctrine of Mayavada: Its Genesis and Signifiance 53
    Chapter 6 Brahman and personal God: How does Advaitism reconcile them? 73
    Chapter 7 Evolution of Advaitism from Gaudapada to Sankara 89
    Chapter 8 Sankara: The Supreme Karmayogi 103
    Chapter 9 From Gita to Advaitism: A continuum 119
    Chapter 10 God of Sankara: Personal or Impersonal 133
    Chapter 11 From Upanisads to Advaitism: Continuum or Transition 155
    Chapter 12 The Sankara Bhashyam: Sankara crowning glory 175
    Chapter 13 Sankara- The Great Synthesizer 199
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