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A. Ramamurty

Nationality: Indian

Gender: male

Date Of Brith: 07/02/1936

Present Position: Retired Professor

Awards Received:

University First - in M.A., B.A. (Hons).

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor B.A. (Hons) Andhra University 1961
Master M.A. Andhra University 1962
Ph.D Ph.D Brahmanubhava in Sankara’s Philosophy, Andhra University 1966

 

Position(s) Held:

1 Maharajan’s College, vizia Narayanan 1961 1962
2 Govt. D.M. College, Imphal, Manipur 1966 1972
3 Vishva-Bharati, Santi Niketan 1972 1987
4

Hyderabad Central University

     (i) ICPR Fellow
    (ii) UGC Emritus Fellow

1987 2001
5 Visiting Lecturer in UK for one Academic year    

 

Membership(s) of Societies/Association:

1 Member ICPR Delhi.
2 Member Sub Div. Rarce of UGC.

 

About the Author

A. Ramamurty, Andhra University’s Ph.D (1965), is a reputed scholar of traditional Indian philosophy, with specialization in Vedanta. And has lectured, as the British Council’s visiting fellow, at different universities in the United Kingdom. Also, he has had the distinction of being on the Subject Panel (on Philosophy) of the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, and a member of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research.
Currently, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hyderabad, Dr. Ramamurty is credited with the authorship of ‘Advaita Mysticism of Shankara’ and ‘The Central Philosophy of the Rigveda’.

Details of Books/Monographs

1 Advaitic Mysticism of Sankara Vishva Bharati 1974
2 The Central Philosophy of the Rig Veda Ajanta Books 1991
3 Advaita: A Conceptual Analysis D.K. Printworld 2008
4 Philosophical Foundations of Hinduism D.K. Printworld 2000
5 Indian Philosophy of Religion Decent Books 2002
6 Vedanta and its Philosophical Development D.K. Printworld 2006

 

Details of Articles

Over 40 articles published mostly in Indian Journals, Anthropological and some in foreign Journals also.

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Advaita
Rs.280.00

  For over a millennium, Shankara's advaitism: non-dualism, has been exposed to extensive discussion, debate, and even polemic. In modern times, it has often been viewed as a system of metaphysical thought, involving a set of several subtle, though interrelated, doctrines -- which all have the Upanishads at their base. But, wittingly or unwittingly, modern theoreticians/scholars tend to gloss over Shankara's acumen as a philosophical analyst -- though his interpretations of the Upanishadic writings have indisputably shown his uncommon, rather unrivalled, genius for logic and meticulous philosophical analysis. Professor Ramamurty's work is, thus, a departure from run-of-the-mill studies attempting, as it does, an indepth "conceptual analysis" of advaita vedanta.

The book does not just present advaita as a system of metaphysical thought. It is essentially an off-beat effort seeking to philosophically analyse the concepts of 'Atman, Brahman, and the World -- which not only count among the fundamental concepts in the philosophic thought of the Upanishads, but also help capture the true meaning, profoundity, richness and beauty of Shankara's advaita itself. Also, in the specific contexts of Shankara's philosophy vis-a-vis the Upanishadic texts, Professor Ramamurty tries to explore, perhaps for the first time, the meaning and functions of language and the problem that stem from it.

Highlighting Shankara's advaitism: his insistence on the "oneness of Brahman", the book offers a unique philosophic representation of the Upanishadic vision, which the scholars of classical Indian philosophy and discerning readers would love to share alike.

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Advaita
Rs.480.00

  For over a millennium, Shankara's advaitism: non-dualism, has been exposed to extensive discussion, debate, and even polemic. In modern times, it has often been viewed as a system of metaphysical thought, involving a set of several subtle, though interrelated, doctrines -- which all have the Upanishads at their base. But, wittingly or unwittingly, modern theoreticians/scholars tend to gloss over Shankara's acumen as a philosophical analyst -- though his interpretations of the Upanishadic writings have indisputably shown his uncommon, rather unrivalled, genius for logic and meticulous philosophical analysis. Professor Ramamurty's work is, thus, a departure from run-of-the-mill studies attempting, as it does, an indepth "conceptual analysis" of advaita vedanta.

The book does not just present advaita as a system of metaphysical thought. It is essentially an off-beat effort seeking to philosophically analyse the concepts of 'Atman, Brahman, and the World -- which not only count among the fundamental concepts in the philosophic thought of the Upanishads, but also help capture the true meaning, profoundity, richness and beauty of Shankara's advaita itself. Also, in the specific contexts of Shankara's philosophy vis-a-vis the Upanishadic texts, Professor Ramamurty tries to explore, perhaps for the first time, the meaning and functions of language and the problem that stem from it.

Highlighting Shankara's advaitism: his insistence on the "oneness of Brahman", the book offers a unique philosophic representation of the Upanishadic vision, which the scholars of classical Indian philosophy and discerning readers would love to share alike.

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Advaitic Mysticism of Sankara
Rs.700.00

Brahman, according to the Upanishads and Shankara, the major exponent of the philosophy of the Upanishads known as Advaita, is not a metaphysical postulate meant to explain what is empirically experienced or the word. Brahman is absolutely real and is the inner reality or essence or self of all that is there, including one’s self. Therefore it is known directly and immediately as the real or true nature of one’s self. In the context of human reality Brahman is known as Atman, the true reality or nature of one’s self. Direct and unmediated experience or realization of Brahman or brahmanubhava is the consummation of man’s spiritual life as well as the supreme fulfilment of  human existence.  
This is an attempt to understand comprehensively, and in depth the meaning and significance of brahmanubhava as presented and discussed by Shankara in his commentaries on the Upanishads, Brama-Sutras and the Bhagavad-Gita, and in  his other minor works, like Vivekacudamani, Aparokshanubhuti and Upadesha-Sahasri. Shankara is also known for his logical acumen and analytical approach to problems of philosophy.  However, the mystical dimension of his philosophy which is also the reason for the lasting relevance and significance of his philosophy has not received the attention it deserves. May be this is the first of its kind in understanding and presenting systematically the Advaitic mysticism of Shankara in all its aspects. It is entirely based on the works of Shankara.
An attempt is also made in this book to understand the significance of Advaitic mysticism of Shankara in the light of its comparison with that of St. John of the Cross and Jalalu’d-Din Rumi, classical representatives of Christian and Islamic mysticisms.  
 

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Vedanta and its Philosophical Development
Rs.280.00

The problem of reconciliation of mutually incompatible Upanishadic statements on some of the basic problems has attracted the attention of almost all the major philosophers of Vedanta.

One such problem is about the nature of relationship between Brahman and the world of empirical experience. And in their attempts to reconcile the reality of Brahman with that of the world of empirical experience almost all the philosophers of Vedanta have resorted to reason. They have not only tried to provide rational justification for their positions and views but have also used reason freely in analyzing and criticizing the rival positions and views. In this process several arguments which are subtle and cogent are developed. However, some of the Vedantins who have shown critical spirit and acumen in understanding and criticizing the rival arguments and positions are not so critical about their own arguments and positions. Thus the Vedantins who came after Shankara have made his position (advaita) their major purvapaksha without, however, trying to make their own positions a possible purvapaksha.

This is an attempt to trace the philosophical development of Vedanta starting from Badarayana to Sri Aurobindo, and to understand and evaluate critically their arguments and positions.

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