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Samarasya: Studies in Indian Arts, Philosophy and Interreligious Dialogue

-- in Honour of Bettina Baumer --

The present volume is a tribute to Dr. Bettina Baumer, an eminent scholar of Indology and Religious Studies in general and of Kashmir Shaivism in particular, and one of the important exponents of interreligious below

About This Book

The present volume is a tribute to Dr. Bettina Baumer, an eminent scholar of Indology and Religious Studies in general and of Kashmir Shaivism in particular, and one of the important exponents of interreligious dialogue.

It contains 32 essays which are divided into three sections, representing the main fields of study of Bettina Baumer.

Section I - "Indian Philosophy and Spirituality" -- is focussed on the non-dualistic Tantric Shaivism of Kashmir. The range of topics reach from an analysis of the term "Vishranti"/ "repose" (A. Chakrabarti, Hawai'i), the first English translation of the Tantric hymn "Bahurupa-garbhastotra" (H.N. Chakravarty, Varanasi) to the Parvan rites described in Chapter 28 of Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka (A. Padoux, Paris) and a commentary on the opening verses of Abhinavagupta's Tantrasara (A. Sanderson, Oxford). This focus is complemented by other important contributions, for example on Gandhi's Ethical Thought (J. Prabhu, Los Angeles) and an analysis of the interactions between Vedanta and Tantra, as shown in the Lalitatrishatibhashya (A. Wilke, Munster).

Section II - "Indian Arts and Aesthetics" -- contains nine significant articles from outstanding scholars: Kapila Vatsyayan (on the representation of Mount Kailasa in myth, temple architecture and classical literature), Devangana Desai (on the relevance of textual sources in the study of temple art), R.N. Misra (the history of Shaiva-Siddhanta in Central India), R. Nagaswamy (Guhavasi and Devaraja in Cambodia) and others, along with illustrations.

The last section on "Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue" wants to stimulate the dialogue between the Indian and Western history of thought -- especially with two articles: an examination of the concept of the "Self" and its knowledge in the Western mystical tradition, compared with the concept of "self-knowledge" in the Upanishads (A.M. Haas, Zurich); and a study of "Nothingness" as a key term in Johannes Tauler. This part also contains reflections on an overcoming of the social, economic and political crisis of our contemporary world: e.g. on the cross-cultural dimension of an "ethics of justice" (M. von Bruck, Munich) and on the "interculturation" of religious life (F. X. D'Sa, Pune/Wurzburg). This section ends with the key article by R. Panikkar on essential questions in the dialogue between Hinduism and Christianity, presented through the metaphor of "The Drop of Water."

The volume will be useful not only to scholars of Indology, Indian Philosophy, Indian Arts, and Religion, but also to anybody interested in an open, critical exchange between India and the West -- or in search of ways out of the fundamental crisis of our time.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124603383
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124603383
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2006
  • Pages : xli, 626 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 55 Colour & 32 B/w photographs; Index
  • Size : 29 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 2500 gm

Editors' Preface
Lokayatra -- A Pilgrimage in Two Cultures: Photos and Biographical Essay
Bettina Baumer -- Achievements


The Divine Master: Swami Lakshman Joo (1907-91)

Sarla Kumar

Moments of Eternity: The Spiritual Core of Music

Manju Sundaram

A Journey to Mount Kailash

Bernard Imhasly


Indian Philosophy and Spirituality

1. The Heart of Repose, The Repose of the Heart: A Phenomenological Analysis of the Concept of Vishranti

Arindam Chakrabarti

2. Bahurupagarbhastotra: An Annotated Translation

Hemendra Nath Chakravarty

3. On the Parvana Rites According to Abhinavagupta's Tantraloka

Andre Padoux

4. A Note on Santha Literature

D. P. Pattanayak

5. The Significance of Tantra Rahasya

Prabha Devi

6. Gandhi's Religious Ethics as Touchstone

Joseph Prabhu

7. The Origins of Man

Baidyanath Saraswati

8. A Commentary on the Opening Verses of the Tantrasara of Abhinavagupta

Alexis G.J.S. Sanderson

9. A New Theology of Bliss: 'Vedantization' of Tantra and 'Tantrization' of Advaita Vedanta in the Lalitatrishatibhashya

Annette Wilke

Indian Arts and Aesthetics

10. Shiva in the Nineteenth-Century Banaras Lithographs

Anjan Chakraverty

11. Relevance of Textual Sources in the Study of Temple Art

Devangana Desai

12. The Goddess of the Island of Gems: An Early Eighteenth-Century Illustration of the Saundaryalahari by a Mewari Master 

Eberhard Fischer

13. Concept and Representation of Time in Indian Visual Art

Rai Anand Krishna

14. The Use of Primary Colours in the Natyashastra

Thomas Kintaert

15. Beginning of Shaiva-Siddhanta and its Expanding Space in Central India

R. N. Misra

16. Guhavasi and Devaraja in Cambodia

R. Nagaswamy

17. Myth of Renewal: Citrakara Workshop Practices in Orissa

Dinanath Pathy

18. Mountain, Myth, Monuments

Kapila Vatsyayan

Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue

19. Trans-Religious Studies and Existential Interpretation

Karl Baier

20. An Ethics of Justice in a Cross-cultural Context

Michael von Bruck

21. Interculturation of Religious Life: A Meditation

Francis X. D'Sa

22. The Doctrine of Recognition (Pratyabhijna) and Interreligious Dialogue

John R. Dupuche

23. The Music of the Dharma

Mark Dyczkowski

24. Dialogue with Buddhism in the West: Concerning the Interreligious Meeting in a Secular Culture

Johann Figl

25. Hermann Hesse's Encounter with India: An Intercultural Appraisal

Annakutty V.K. Findeis

26. Self-knowledge -- Space of Inwardness

Alois M. Haas

27. The Meaning of Nothingness for the Mystical Path in Johannes Tauler

Emmanuel Jungclaussen

28. Puja or the Exercise of Thankfulness

Rudolf zur Lippe

29. Between Similarity and Contrast: The Function of Comparisons in Interreligious Debates

Axel Michaels

30. To Bridge Identities

Bithika Mukerji

31. Does Unity of Minds lead to Religious Harmony?

Shivamurthy Shivacharya

32. The Drop of Water: An Intercultural Metaphor

Raimon Panikkar


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