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Classical and Contemporary Issues in Indian Studies

Essays in Honour of Trichur S. Rukmani

This book is a Festschrift volume in honour of Prof. Trichur S. Rukmani that reflects the plethora of issues which she studied in her scholastic life. It includes twenty-four essays by distinguished scholars on various classical and contemporary issues pertaining to Indian studies. While the v....read below

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This book is a Festschrift volume in honour of Prof. Trichur S. Rukmani that reflects the plethora of issues which she studied in her scholastic life. It includes twenty-four essays by distinguished scholars on various classical and contemporary issues pertaining to Indian studies. While the volume discusses current research in the field of Yoga  — Prof. Rukmani's primary research field — it also invites further reflection on other areas of Indian thought which have attracted her attention in the course of her long and fruitful academic career.
The volume is divided thematically into six sections. The first two sections deal with the interpretation of the Yoga, Vedanta and Gaudiya-Vaishnava traditions, exploring issues of hermeneutics, methodology and philosophical analysis. The third section addresses issues of continuity within the Indian tradition and includes essays on tantric Shaivism, Mimamsa and the Bhagavad-Gita. The next two sections feature essays on the Sanskrit philosophical discourse, grammar, epic literature and renunciation in the Indian tradition. The last section of the volume takes up issues of contemporary relevance such as the insights from the Hindu tradition towards environmental ethics, the Svadhyaya movement and its dharmic ecology, non-violence, gender, cultural identity as well as syncretism.
The volume, including essays as diverse as Prof. Trichur S. Rukmani's own scholarly interests, will certainly benefit all scholars and students of Indology, especially those concerned with the religious and philosophical traditions of India.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124606520
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124606528
  • Edition : 1st Edition
  • Year : 2013
  • Pages : xviii, 462p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 1000 gm

Preface    
Acknowledgements    
Prof. Trichur S. Rukmani: A Biographical Profile
    
Introduction  

Part One
Issues in Interpreting the Yoga Tradition

1. Reading the Fourth Pada of Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra 

Christopher Key Chapple

2. Rethinking Prajna: Yoga-Sutra 1.49 under a Philosophical Magnifying Glass

Daniel Raveh

3. Moving Towards a Non-Dualistic Interpretation of Yoga: The Integration of Spirit (Purusha) and Matter (Prakriti) in the Yoga-Sutra

Ian Whicher

4. Yoga-Sutras II.25 and the Conundrum of Kaivalya 

Frederick M. Smith

5. Yoga’s Theism: A New Way of Understanding God 

Gerald James Larson

Part Two
Issues in Interpreting the Vedanta Tradition

6. Advaita Vedanta Insights

John Grimes

7. Shankara granthah katham otah protash ca? 

Vidyasankar Sundaresan

8. Appaya Dikshita on Avidyanivrtti: A Critique in Siddhantaleshasangraha

Jonathan Duquette, K. Ramasubramanian

9. The Gaudiya Challenge to Advaita Vedanta and Classical Yoga: Re-figuring Models of Embodiment and Personhood

Barbara A. Holdrege

Part Three
Issues of Continuity and Compatibility

10. Sankarsha-kanda: A Victim in Mimamsa Madhyama-vyayoga

Ashok Aklujkar

11. Linguistic and Cosmic Powers: The Concept of Shakti in the Philosophies of Bhartrhari and Abhinavagupta

Sthaneshwar Timalsina

12. Freedom in the Bhagavad-Gita: An Analysis of Buddhi and Sattva Categories

P. Pratap Kumar

Part Four
Issues of Narrative, Philosophical Discourse and Grammar

13. Forging the Fate of Karna: Observations on the Critical Edition of the Mahabharata

Edeltraud Harzer

14. Truth and Power in Sanskrit Philosophical Discourse 

David Peter Lawrence

15. Ramayana Notes III: The Past Active Participle 

John Brockington

Part Five
Issues of Brahmanical Intellectuals, Ascetics and Renunciants

16. Some Notes on the Difficulties in Defining Intellectual Opponents in the Mahabharata

Gregory Bailey

17. Renunciation and Celebration: Ascetics in the Temple Life of Medieval Tamil Nadu

Leslie C. Orr

Part Six
Issues in Contemporary Hinduism: Environment, Non-violence, Gender,
Faith and Syncretism

18. Hinduism and the Environment: Then and Now

Georges A. James

19. Earth, Water, and Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Svadhyaya Practitioners

Pankaj Jain

20. Technology, Violence, and Non-violence: A Gandhian Type of Response

—  Carl Olson

21. Reviewing Hinduism: Religion, Violence, and Non-Violence

Madhav M. Deshpande

22. The Role of Government Education in the Lives of Females in Rural Chhattisgarh

Ramdas Lamb

23. On Being Hindu: Some Autobiographical Reflections

Acharya Vidyasagar V.V. Raman

24. Ziyaratu Darshanam: A South Indian Pilgrimage Beyond the Boundaries

Afsar Mohammad

Contributors    
Appointments and Publications    
Index

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