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The Essential Vedanta : A New Source Book of Advaita Vedanta - Eliot Deutsch

The Essential Vedanta

A New Source Book of Advaita Vedanta

Paperback Published: 12th August 2004
ISBN: 9780941532525
Number Of Pages: 432

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This book is the only comprehensive introduction to Advaita Vedanta that traces the history of this tradition by means of primary sources. The sources (in translation) are drawn from Sanskrit texts by some of the most important Advaitic thinkers. The editors have filled in the appropriate background materials to make this a book through which readers can understand Advaita Vedanta both in terms of cultural history and philosophy. The book reveals the classical form of this great tradition of thought showing how it actually functioned in Indian culture and demonstrates its distinctive philosophical achievements. Most often associated with the great 9th century sage Sankara, Advaita Vedanta is the most important and influential school of philosophy in India. However, unlike Western philosophy, the goal of this Indian wisdom tradition is spiritual liberation in life. The translations in THE ESSENTIAL VEDANTA are representative of the major traditional Sanskrit writings on this ancient but vibrant system of thought.

Source Selectionsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Background in Tradition: The Three Departures
Revelation: Selections from the Rgveda and Upanisadsp. 3
Recollection: Selections from the Bhagavadgitap. 59
System: Contents-summary of the Brahmasutrasp. 81
Philosophical and Cultural Background
Early History and Cultural Values of Vedantap. 95
Common Philosophical Problemsp. 103
Criticisms of Rival Systems: Selections from Samkara's Brahmasutrabhasyap. 109
Sources of Advaita Vedanta
Gaudapadap. 157
Samkarap. 161
Suresvarap. 281
Mandana Misrap. 289
Padmapadap. 305
Vacaspati Misrap. 317
Sarvajnatmanp. 335
Vimuktatmanp. 349
Vidyaranyap. 353
Madhusudana Sarasvatip. 361
Sriharsap. 369
Sadanandap. 375
Dharmarajap. 387
Appaya Diksitap. 389
Summaryp. 393
Bibliographyp. 399
Indexp. 409
Biographical Notesp. 423
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ISBN: 9780941532525
ISBN-10: 0941532526
Series: Treasures of the World's Religions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 12th August 2004
Publisher: World Wisdom Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.6