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  • Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya

Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya

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Vedanta is recognised as the leading philosophy of the Vedic tradition. A major proponent of Vedanta was Shankaracarya who laid the basis for the propagation of Vedanta before the beginning of the Middle Ages. His contribution has been so immense and significant that often Vedanta has been interpreted as synonymous with Advaita Vedanta of Shankara.
 
Here, Dr. George Victor attempts to study comprehensively Shankacarya’s teachings on Vedanta -- his views on scripture, perception and inference as pramanas or standards of knowledges; his explanations of the relation between Brahman and atman, Brahman and Ishvara, maya and the world; and his concepts of janana marga, karma marga and moksha, among others.
 
The work takes a close look at the date of Shankara and his life and times before plunging into a penetrative study of Shankara’s commentaries on the triple texts, the Upanishads, the Brahma-sutra and the Bhagavad-Gita -- the foundations of Vedantic thought. With constant references to Shankara’s major and minor works and hymns, and using a simple language that reflects a unique clarity in understanding Shankara’s philosophy, it also examines his methodology of philosophical interpretations and how academicians have estimated Shankara in the past.
 
Authored by a scholar who has for long been associated with research and teaching of Shankara's philosophy, the book will be of interest to scholars and students of Indian philosophy as well as general readers.
 
  • Binding: : Pb
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124604076
  • Edition : 2nd
  • Year : 2007
  • Pages : xii, 172
  • Size : 22
  • Series Number : 1
  • Series Name : ANDHRA UNIVERSITY PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES SERIES
  • Weight (approx.) : 200
  • Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
The series, ostensibly, originates from the Department of Philosophy, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India — which is not only recognized as a scholarly forum of philosophical dialogue, but has had the singular distinction of having been founded, in 1932, by Sir S. Radhakrishnan, who, later, was to become the President of Indian Republic and, accordingly, to be known as “the Philosopher-King”.  The series is conceived to befittingly reflect the Department’s rich academic tradition, aptly suggested in (Padmavibhushana) K. Satchidananda Murty’s words: Global Understanding with Vedantic Spirit.
From metaphysics and epistemology, the philosophical speculation everywhere has turned towards the phenomenological issues and social aspects of life, state, and the world — as it was in the times of Greek philosophers like Socrates and Plato.  As such, the volumes in the series are, though grounded in India’s traditional past, also present references to the present as well as a vision for the future philosophical thought and teaching.
The volumes here set out diverse, stimulating perspectives on the social and spiritual renaissance, besides essays on applied philosophy.  Yet they are not bereft of pedagogic material for philosophical teaching.  The contributors to the series include some of the leading scholars like Prof S.S. Rama Rao Pappu, Prof. Michael Goldman, Prof. V. Venkatachalam, Prof. J.P. Shukla, Prof. Johnson J. Putenpurackal, Prof. S. Gopalan and, besides these, many other academics and young researchers from India, USA and a few more countries.
Preface
1. Introduction to Vedanta
Study of Indian Literature
What are Veda and Vedanta?
The Triple Texts -- Prasthanatrayi
The Three Schools
Advaita Vedanta and Indian Mind
2. Gaudapada, the Propounder
The Mandukya Upanishad
The Mandukya Karika
3. The Date of Shankaracarya
The Indian Antiquary
Conclusion
4. The Times of Shankaracarya
Political and Social Conditions
Religious Conditions
5. The Life of Shankaracarya
Sources
Life at Glance
Encounter with an Outcast
Religious Harmony and Travels
6. The Works of Shankaracarya
Paul Hacker’s Studies
What is His Name? And Which is the Title
Works Attributed to Shankaracarya
7. Shankaracarya on the Upanishads
Yajnavalkya and Maitreya Dialogue
Yajnavalkya and Gargi Dialogue
8. Shankaracarya on the Bhagavad Gita
Introduction
Concepts of the Gita
Paths of the Gita
Kshetra and Kshetrajna
Abandonment and Seeking the Lord as Shelter
9. Shankaracarya on the Brahma Sutra
Badarayana
Superimposition (Adhyasa)
Scriptures are Essential
Brahman-Knowledge and Moksha
Seeker of Brahman
10. Minor Works and Hymns of Shankaracarya
Viveka-Cudamani
Upadesha-Sahasra
Atma-Bodha
Dakshina-Murti-Stotra
Shivananda-Lahari
Bhaja-Govindam
11. Teachings of Shankaracarya
Scripture, Perception and Inference
Brahman-Atman
Brahman and Ishvara
Maya and World
Jnana-Marga and karma-marga (Path of Knowledge and Path of Action)
Vyavharika-Satya and Paramarthika-Satya (Phenomenal Truth and Noumeal Truth)
Moksha
12. Methodology of Shankaracarya
Scriptures as Standard (Shastra as Pramana)
Writing Commentaties
Missionary Travels
Rejection of Opponent Views
The Dualist
Parables
13. Social Philosophy of Shankaracarya
Doctrine of Illusion (Maya-Vada) -- Refuted
Social Order
Ethics
14. Interpretations of Shankaracarya
Devotional Aspects
Active Social Work
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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