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The Nature of Living Tradition

Distinctive Features of Indian Parampara

  Indian Parampara is a response to secular Western thought on tradition and modernity. Presented here are contributors from a distinguished group of Indian scholars representing a wide ....read below

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  Indian Parampara is a response to secular Western thought on tradition and modernity. Presented here are contributors from a distinguished group of Indian scholars representing a wide spectrum of disciplines. It raises many questions: What is the source of parampara? How is it transmitted? Does it hold in potential the characteristics of all orders of knowledge? Who was the parent of its primal seed? How does the individual sustain the flow of parampara or tradition? Is the individual artist capable of sustaining creativity and initiating change? Does he have to take the path of confrontation with parampara? How does the person transcend the small 'I' to enlarge himself into the 'We'? What is that experience of the 'Self' where duality between the subject and the object is lost?

To answer such central questions the authors of this volume reflect on anthropological, philosophical, spiritual, musical, poetical, and experiential dimensions. This book is an important contribution to traditional thought and culture.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601778
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124601771
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2001
  • Pages : vi, 126 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Index
  • Size : 25 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 500 gm

Introduction

Askable Questions
Parampara and Primordial Pattern
Tradition as Hiero-History
Individual as Person  

1. Parampara: A Universal Paradigm 

-- Baidyanath Saraswati

Parampara: An Inverted Tree

Deposit -- Depository -- Deposition

Parampara: A Cultural Marker
Oral (Laukika)
Textual (Shastriya)
Transcendental (Naivrittika)
Prampara: Timeless Reality

Patrata -- Pramana -- Purnattva -- Paristhiti -- Parishuddhi

Parampara: A Limiting Factor
Parampara: A Three-Fold Knowledge

2. Aspects of Parampara In Early Stages of Buddhism 

-- M.C. Joshi

3. Tiruppavai: A Living Parampara of Two Thousand Years 

-- Prema Nandakumar

4. Parampara in Indian Music 

-- Prem Lata Sharma

5. The Parampara Predicament 

-- Raghava R. Menon

6. Parampara and Poetry: Ambiguity of the Charmed Word 

-- Sitakant Mahapatra

7. Parampara and the Individual 

-- Ramesh Chandra Shah

8. Parampara and the Individual: Beyond Duality 

-- S.C. Malik

Introduction

Tradition and Modernity
The Individual and Cultural Identity
What Kind of Knowledge?
Poat-Renaissance Knowledge-System and the Emergence of Dichotomies
Transmission of Traditional Knowledge-Systems and MOdernity
Summing Up

9. The Individual and the Indian Spiritual Tradition 

--  M.M. Agrawal

Individual, Individuality and Individualism
The Character of Parampara
The Indian Spiritual Tradition

10. Longing and Belonging: The Question of Tradition 

-- Alok Rai

11. Tradition, Modernity and the Individual: An Indian Viewpoint 

-- Ashok R. Kelkar

Demystifying Tradition
Remystifying tradition
The Individual at the Crossroads
Colophon

12. Patterns and the Pattern

-- Keshav Malik

List of Contributors  
Index
  

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