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The Philosophy of Narayana Guru

Narayana Guru (1854-1928), a much-revered philosopher-saint of South India, revisualised the essential Upanisadic thought with a freshness of perspective. Further, he applied basic aspects of his Upanisadic philosophy successfu....read below

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Narayana Guru (1854-1928), a much-revered philosopher-saint of South India, revisualised the essential Upanisadic thought with a freshness of perspective. Further, he applied basic aspects of his Upanisadic philosophy successfully to bring about radical social transformations. This book deals with his philosophy as discussed in his major work, Atmopadesa Satakam (One Hundred Verses of Self Instruction) but incorporates views and ideas from his other works as well.

The work focuses on Narayana Guru's philosophic thought dealing with the meaning of Vedanta, the way to seek Reality, the role of the individual in life, and karma, maya, the atma's (self-)manifestation and sat-cit-ananda as the definition of the atma or Brahman and as the final goal. The various concepts are explained in relation to one another and from the viewpoint of achieving the final goal in life to present a unified thought construct that forms the core of Narayana Guru's philosophy. It also takes up the application of his Upanisadic philosophy in different disciplines like ethics and aesthetics and in practice of religion, temple-related matters and rites.

The book will be particularly useful to scholars, teachers and students of Vedanta as well as all educated seekers of Reality.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Paperback
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602362
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124602360
  • Edition : 2nd Impression
  • Year : 2010
  • Pages : xviii, 155 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Appendix ; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 22 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 275 gm

Preface  
Introduction 

Part One
The Philosophy

1. Preliminaries  

The Problems 

2. The What of Vedanta   

The World 
What is Atman? What is Brahman?  
The One Substance 
Saccidananda   

3. The How of Vedanta (Methodology)  

Interiorised Perceiving 
Dialectics of Interiorised Perception 
Summary of Above  
Peculiarity of the Method 

4. The Why of Vedanta (Axiology)   

Where Are We Wrong? 
What Is Ananda?

5. We Prepare Ourselves    

The Prerequisites 
Tapas 
Sin and Merit 

6. The Search     

The Experiment 
Calculations 
The Finding 

7. The Individual   

The Origin 
The Simplest Fact  
Vidya and Avidya 
Turiya 

8. Karma    

What is Karma? Individual's Karma  
How Karma Works 
Free Will 
Avidya and Karma 
Classification of Karmas  
Rebirth 
The Karma-Yogi 

9. The World    

The What of the World  
World as 'the Effect' 
The How of the World 
That Birth and Death are Unreal 
Why the World Continues to be Perceived  
The Why of the World  

10. Maya   

The Undefinable 
The Effects of Maya 
The Source 
A Veil (Avarana) 
Transcending Maya 

11. Atma's Self-manifestation as 'The Known' 

'The Known' 
Bhanas Differentiated 
Sthula-bhana 
Suksma-bhana 
Karana-bhana 
Turiya-bhana 
Another Scheme of Self-manifestation 
The Dialectics of Appearance and Reality 

12. Epistemology    

Origin of Knowledge 
Methods of Knowledge  
Validity of Knowledge 
Structure of Knowledge 
A Sadhana 

13. Sat-Cit-Ananda   

Sat 
Cit  
Ananda 
Saccidananda Experienced 

14. The Science of Sciences    

A Schematic Representation  
The Universe of Knowledge and Universities 
A Science that Excludes Nothing  
Logic and Mysticism  
The Guru's Vision  
Part Two
Application

15. Ethics   

In the East 
'What is Good?' 'What is Evil?'  
The Search for a Norm  
As a Science 
Kindness and Ahimsa 

16. Aesthetics  

Beauty: A Non-dual Experience  
What is the Beautiful?  
What is Art? 
The World: A Work of Art  
Effusions of Ecstacy  
The World as a Dance-Drama 
Emerging of Aesthetic Sentiments 

17. Casteism   

Casteism and Racism 
The Guru's Role Affirmative Actions 
The Guru's Method 
Varna and Jati 
The Guru's Directives  
Jati Mimamsa  
Jati-Laksanam (Kind Defined)  
Why Can't it be Advantageously Used?  
Social Movements

18. Religion   

The Role of Religion 
Religion in the Age of Science  
The Psychology of Religious Identity 
God-Realisation 
The Parliament of Religions 

19. God, Temples, Rites  

Why Prayer   
God, One or Many?  
Temples 
Rites 

Appendix     
Glossary     
Bibliography 
Index

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