The Journey of Advaita elucidates the richness, depth and profundity of Advaitic thought right from Vedas to Integral Advaitism of Sri Aurobindo and further how it is being incorporated in modern science.
Advaita Philosophy is not a later development of thought as one of the six systems of Indian philosophy. Vedas are replete with suggestions about Unity. The earlier stage of naturalistic and anthropomorphic polytheism yielded to monistic belief. In the dictum, ekam sad vipra bahudha vadanti we perceive an echo of Unity. Upanishadic seers picked up this Unity and tirelessly went in their search till they came to the highest conclusion, tat tvam asi.
This concept of Unity gets its full bloom in Shankara’s Kevaladvaita; later on it gave inspiration to different rivulets of Vedanta schools. Shankara’s unqualified impersonal Brahman could not satisfy those who sought loving communion with God. Consequently different schools of Bhakti-Vedanta came into existence, namely, Vishishtadvaita of Ramanuja, Dvaita of Madhva, Dvaitadvaita of Nimbarka and Shuddhadvaita of Vallabha. For all of them the emphasis is on the liberation of individual soul only, which gave way to Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Advaitism where the emphasis is not only on spiritualization of man but of the whole cosmos.
The journey continues further with modern physics. Consciousness is the building block of the Universe and the ground of all beings, which can’t be found in plural.
- Binding: : Hardbound
- 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124609347
- Year : 2018
- Pages : xvi, 341
- Series Number : 19
- Series Name : CONTEMPORARY RESEARCHES IN INDIAN PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION
- Weight (approx.) : 650
- Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
The series is concerned with *Orthodox Philosophical Systems: Nyaya, Vaiseshika, Samkhya, Yoga, Purva Mimamsa, Vedanta and the Carvaka (or the Lokayata) *Hindu World Views of Man, Cosmos, Creation, Existence, Knowledge and the Like *Hindu Doctrines of, for instance, Maya (illusion), Karma (action) & Immortality *Hindu Concepts of Brahman (the Ultimate Reality), Causality, Liberation, Heaven & Hell, Good & Evil, Virtue & Sin *Hindu Cosmology & Concepts of Space & Time *Hindu Aesthetics: Theories & Practices *Hindu Ethics, Idealism & Humanism * Hinduism, the Religion: Its Different Viewpoints: Historical, Cultural, Sociological, Anthropological and Others *Kindred Religions: Buddhism, Jainism, for instance, Cultic Faiths & Sects, Occultism, Hindu Modes of Worship, Mysticism, Theogony, Religious Symbols and Pantheon *Mythology: Classical & Neo-Classical, Sacred Works and Avataras (Incarnations) *Saints and Seers *Pilgrimage Centres and Other Relevant Aspects.