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    This collection of A.K. Coomaraswamy’s writings expounds the Indian theory of government based on textual sources such as the Brahmanas and the Rigveda. It vividly talks about the relationship between the spiritual and temporal power, paving the way for community welfare.

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    Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power by: Keshavram N. Iengar, Rama P. Coomaraswamy, 360.00 324.00

    A literary work built up with parallel citations is apt to grow in the compass of the author himself, from his encyclopaedic scholarship. This revised edition of one of Coomaraswamy’s most significant writings is now being issued by incorporating his own additions to the printed first edition of 1942.
    The Indian theory of government is expounded on the basis of the textual sources, mainly of the Brahmanas and the Rigveda. The mantra in the Aitareya Brahmana VIII.27, by which the priest addresses the king, spells out the relation between the spiritual and the temporal power. This ßmarriage formulaû has its analogous applications in the cosmic, political, family and individual spheres of operation, in each by the conjunction of complementary agencies.
    The welfare of the community in each case depends upon a succession of obediences and loyalties; that of the subjects to the dual control of king and priest, that of the king to the priest, and that of all to the principle of an External Law (dharma) as king of kings. The king is such by Divine Right, but by no means, an absolute monarch. He may do only what is correct under the Law. Self-control is the sine qua non for the successful government of others; the primary victory is that of the Inner Man.
    “The application is to the ‘king’, the ‘man of action’ and ‘artist’ in any domain whatever. There is nothing that can be truly and well done or made except by the man in whom the marriage of the Sacerdotium (brahma) and the Regnum (ksatra) has been consummated, nor can any peace be made except by those who have made their peace with themselves.”

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    The book reconstructs the life of the legendary saint-reformer, Sree Narayana Guru and the entire scenario of his activity covering a century of Kerala’s history. It focuses on his life, historical background, socio-cultural milieu, spirituality, etc.

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    Sree Narayana Guru by: Vijayalayam Jayakumar 790.00 711.00

    It is a holistic, at once compelling account of a saint-reformer of modern Kerala: Sree Narayana Guru (1856-1928). Veritably a versatile genius: a sage, philosopher, poet and social revolutionary, all rolled into one, Gurudeva was a perfect, though largely inscrutable, human being who, like Svami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, created new tracts of his own in the realms of Indian philosophy. And invested temporal life, in any form, with an air of spirituality about him — as is reflected, for instance, in his crusades against caste discriminations in Kerala or in his larger concerns with peace, universal brother-hood and co-existence. Dr. Jayakumar’s profile of this great guru focusses on his life, historical background, socio-cultural milieu, spirituality, philosophy, poetic genius, social reforms, humour, legacy and all else that one would possibly want to know about Sree Narayana Guru. Markedly different from the sofar-published studies on him, this book becomes the first ever to incorporate the English versions of Narayana Guru’s verses: in both Malayalam and Sanskrit, together with their streamlined annota-tions and lucidly-written, insightful discussions. Which, in turn, also bring out Jayakumar’s remarkable critical acumen in highlighting the essential meaning, philosophical import and spiritual intensity of Gurudeva’s poetry. A work of epical grandeur, developed from years of the author’s serious, persevered research, the book reconstructs not just the life-story of a legendary saint, but also the entire scenario of his activity covering over a century of Kerala’s social, spiritual and literary history.

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    The book studies the contributions of some of the illustrious persons like Rammohan Roy, Gandhi, Tagore, Gokhale and Satish Chandra to the socio-cultural and spiritual life of late eighteenth to nineteenth century, and aims at situating Sri Aurobindo’s thoughts vis-…-vis those of his contemporaries.

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    Sri Aurobindo and His Contemporary Thinkers by: Indrani Sanyal, Krishna Roy, 600.00 540.00

    The period spanning the latter half of the eighteenth century and the nineteenth century in India was marked by a reawakened national spirit to reinterpret Indian traditional values in modern light. This book, comprising deliberations presented at a national seminar, discusses some of the illustrious persons of that period who by their ideas and actions enriched the socio-cultural and spiritual life of the period. Researchers study the period of Sri Aurobindo, his contributions as well as those of his contemporaries including Raja Rammohan Roy, Mahatma Gandhi, Tagore, Gokhale and Satish Chandra. The aim is to situate Sri Aurobindo’s thoughts in its socio-cultural background and study the contributions of his contemporaries to bring out the distinctiveness of Sri Aurobindo. The essays deal with Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy of nationalism, his view of Indian renaissance and Ireland’s national and cultural renaissance and his attitude towards national education. They take up interpretations of violence and non-violence by Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi, Vivekananda’s outlook about morality, caste system and dharma, and response of Aurobindo, Tilak and Gokhale to Western imperialism. An interesting effort is made to compare the thoughts of Sri Aurobindo and Tagore towards the revolutionary movement and reveal Aurobindo’s perception of Tagore’s poetry. The book will be useful to historians, political and social thinkers, besides the general readers.

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    The book critically analyses many philosophical concerns of both Sri Aurobindo and Teilhard de Chardin and talks about the “future evolution”. It involves recognizing parallel features as well as differences in both the philosophers.

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    Sri Aurobindo and Teilhard De Chardin: A Comparative Study by: R. Subramony 995.00 896.00

    Sri Aurobindo and Teilhard de Chardin: A Comparative Study ventures into identify the progressive rungs in the ladder of human consciousness pointed out by both the thinkers, to see how they visualize going beyond to achieve Sachchidanda, the Supreme Bliss. The scrutiny involves recognizing parallel features as well as differences in both the philosophers.
    Their writings are extremely significant in a phase where the future of humanity is at risk. Sri Aurobindo, who is steeped in the Vedic wisdom of the ancient India, calls up on us to shed our selfish nature and reach the higher levels of consciousness. Teilhard de Chardin, a Jesuit priest, exhorts us to unite and shed divisions. There is a striking similarity in their cosmologies. Sri Aurobindo’s concept of Supermind is the last stage in evolution and Teilhard’s Omega Point is the summit of evolution. Their process of evolution contains a ‘triple transformation’ of consciousness. The book critically thus analyses many philosophical concerns of both Sri Aurobindo and de Chardin and talks about the “future evolution”.

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    In this biography, Sri Aurobindo’s life is presented comprehensively in all of its aspects. It also takes readers on a journey through Sri Aurobindo’s manifold literary creations, introducing them in accessible language to magnificent prose works such as The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga or Essays on the Gita and the epic Savitri.

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    Sri Aurobindo: Saga of a Great Indian Sage by: Wilfried Huchzermeyer 800.00 720.00

    Sri Aurobindo is one of the most well-known Indian personalities of the twentieth century. He was a freedom fighter, a yogi and a poet; he developed what has become known worldwide as Integral Yoga. As a sage of great wisdom, he was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize.
    In the present biography, his life is presented comprehensively in all of its aspects. The most important sources available today have been evaluated, among them his spiritual diary Record of Yoga, which was first published as a book in 2001. The author also takes readers on a journey through Sri Aurobindo’s manifold literary creations, introducing them in accessible language to magnificent prose works such as The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga or Essays on the Gita and the epic Savitri.
    This volume also portrays vividly the lesser known facet of Sri Aurobindo’s personality as a freedom fighter and his influence among the Hardliners, until his moving to Pondicherry.
    Written as a living report with great insight and knowledge, this biography will be of great value to scholars, students and devotees interested in high-level integral studies. A careful documentation with numberless references facilitates further research into each respective subject. The large photo section contains many historical photos, as well as current images of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its surroundings.

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    In this biography, Sri Aurobindo’s life is presented comprehensively in all of its aspects. It also takes readers on a journey through Sri Aurobindo’s manifold literary creations, introducing them in accessible language to magnificent prose works such as The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga or Essays on the Gita and the epic Savitri.

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    Sri Aurobindo: Saga of a Great Indian Sage (Pb) by: Wilfried Huchzermeyer 495.00 446.00

    Sri Aurobindo is one of the most well-known Indian personalities of the twentieth century. He was a freedom fighter, a yogi and a poet; he developed what has become known worldwide as Integral Yoga. As a sage of great wisdom, he was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize.
    In the present biography, his life is presented comprehensively in all of its aspects. The most important sources available today have been evaluated, among them his spiritual diary Record of Yoga, which was first published as a book in 2001. The author also takes readers on a journey through Sri Aurobindo’s manifold literary creations, introducing them in accessible language to magnificent prose works such as The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga or Essays on the Gita and the epic Savitri.
    This volume also portrays vividly the lesser known facet of Sri Aurobindo’s personality as a freedom fighter and his influence among the Hardliners, until his moving to Pondicherry.
    Written as a living report with great insight and knowledge, this biography will be of great value to scholars, students and devotees interested in high-level integral studies. A careful documentation with numberless references facilitates further research into each respective subject. The large photo section contains many historical photos, as well as current images of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its surroundings.

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    Sri-yantra, a mythical instrument, strikes a balance between the gross subtle and causal dimensions of the microcosmic and macrocosmic phenomena. It has made a strong footprint in the geophilosophy of India and beyond, and has a major stake in India’s landscape, code of Indian civilization, and is set to make a difference in various walks of Indian life.

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    Sri Yantra and The Geophilosophy of India by: Niraj Kumar 600.00 540.00

    The concept of geophilosophy, or to be more precise geo-metaphysics, is an enduring bond between the philosophical thought and its terrestrial support. Essentially the geographical positioning of a country influences its thinking and thus impacts its philosophy.
    Sri-yantra, a mythical instrument, strikes a balance between the gross subtle and causal dimensions of the microcosmic and macrocosmic phenomena. It syncs with the esoteric ontology of the cosmos, the individual body, the state, the nation in its geographic aspect, all creative and conducive societal values, and the grand unification of existing dogmas, doctrines, creeds and commitments.
    The author talks about his speculation of a triangular semblance of the Indian subcontinent and his intuitive experiences of ancient axioms of Eastern metaphysics. He elucidates that Sri-yantra, once esoteric, has become exoteric and can still retain its crown position in India. This book is a valuable accumulation of various facts, figures and values from myriad canons of mystic revelations. It also provides a type of interpolative vindication or justification of the two apparently conflicting ideologies of the oriental and occidental origins.
    Sri-yantra has made a strong footprint in the geophilosophy of India and beyond, and has a major stake in India’s landscape, code of Indian civilization, and is set to make a difference in various walks of Indian life. This unusual volume sheds light on many a topic, which will interest readers of a wider spectrum.

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    The present book is the fourth enlarged edition of the earlier book Tarkasastra — Ek Roop Rekha. The current edition includes an additional chapter on Uses of Language and its Functions. Like the earlier book, the present book sets forth the principles and procedures of elementary Logic in the most simplified way and is specifically designed and intended for the use of undergraduate students. It contains almost all the main topics on Deductive, Inductive and Symbolic Logic prescribed in the syllabi of different universities in the country.

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    Tarkasastra by: Krishna Jain 240.00 216.00

    The present book is the fourth enlarged edition of the earlier book A Text Book of Logic-An Introduction. The current edition includes an additional chapter on Uses of Language and its Functions. Like the earlier book, the present book sets forth the principles and procedures of elementary Logic in the most simplified way and is specifically designed and intended for the use of undergraduate students. It contains almost all the main topics on Deductive, Inductive and Symbolic Logic prescribed in the syllabi of different universities in the country. The book attempts to present a clear perspective on Logic as a science of correct reasoning. In the introductory chapter the aim of Logic and the task of a Logician are elaborated. Other topics covered here are Terms, Propositions, Immediate Inference, Syllogism, Boolean Equations, Venn Diagrams, Anti-Logism Theorem, Truth Functions, Truth Table, Deductive Method, Predicate Calculus, Scientific Inductions, Causation, Mill’s Methods and Informal Fallacies to mention a few. All the topics are explained with the help of diagrams and lucid examples. Each chapter is followed by plenty of exercises for the benefit of students.

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    Jayarashibhatta’s Tattvopaplavsimha (ca. 8th cent.) is a work of the Charvak philosophy, which rejects evidence other than the direct evidence. The manuscript of Tattvopaplavisimha was obtained from Patan in 1926. The historical work examines ‘Evidence’ in the light of Indian philosophy. The present book reviews the refutation of various epistemological principles explained in Tattvopaplavsimha.

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    Tattvopaplavasimha Carvaka darasana ke katipaya pahalu (तत्त्वोपप्लवसिंह चार्वाक दर्शन के कतिपय पहलू) by: Richa Arya 795.00 716.00

    Jayarashibhatta’s Tattvopaplavsimha (ca. 8th cent.) is considered to be an important work of the Caravaka (Charvak) philosophy. The Charvak philosophy rejects evidence other than the direct evidence, to the extent that it does not consider sky as an element in the five fundamental elements (earth, water, fire, air and sky). The manuscript of Tattvopaplavisimha was obtained from Patan (modern-day Patna) in 1926. It was published in the Oriental Series in 1940 and with an introduction in Hindi by Pandit Sukhlal Sanghvi in 1987. The historical work examines the definitions of the evidence as accepted by various arms of Indian philosophy. The present book reviews the refutation of various epistemological principles explained in Tattvopaplavsimha.जयराशिभट्ट कृत तत्त्वोपप्लवसिंह (आठवीं शताब्दी) चार्वाक दर्शन का ग्रन्थ माना जाता है। चार्वाक दर्शन प्रत्यक्ष प्रमाण के अतिरिक्त सभी प्रमाणों को अस्वीकार करता है, इसके साथ ही प्रत्यक्ष को ही एकमात्र प्रमाण मानने के कारण चार्वाक पंचतत्वों (पृथ्वी, जल, अग्नि, वायु एवं आकाश) में आकाश तत्त्व को नकारता है। तत्त्वोपप्लवसिंह ग्रन्थ की पाण्डुलिपि सन 1926 में पाटन से प्राप्त हुई। सन 1940 में ओरियंटल सीरीज में तथा 1987 में पंडित श्री सुखलाल जी सांघवी की हिंदी भूमिका के साथ प्रकाशित हुआ। यह ग्रन्थ वैतण्डिक पद्धति होने के कारण भारतीय दर्शन के विभिन्न सम्प्रदायों द्वारा स्वीकृत प्रमाणों की परिभाषाओँ और प्रमाण की परीक्षा करता है। प्रस्तुत पुस्तक में तत्त्वोपप्लवसिंह में व्याख्यायित विभिन्न ज्ञानमीमांसीय सिद्धांतों के खंडन की समीक्षा की गयी है।

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    It is, for the first time, a complete Hindi translation of Bhatta Jairashi’s “Tattvopaplavasimha” by the two well-versed scholars of classical Indian Philosophy has been brought about. This translation, with a close hermenutical rendering of the text, provides a convincing structure of skeptical deconstruction of all the major systems of Indian Philosophical thought. Its study leads a reader toward a radical support of “Charvaka Ideology” by declaring the annihilation of all principles.

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    Tattvopaplavasinghah by: Kashinath Nyaupane, Ambika Datta Sharma, 650.00 585.00

    We come across variety of fragmented ideas related to the Philosophy of Charvaka in name of Bhutacaitanyavadi, Lokayatika, Akriyavadi and so on. But the Tattvopaplavasimha of Jairashi Bhatta is the only text available in Indian tradition which claims to rediscover the tradition of Brihaspati, supposed to be the founder of Charvaka Philosophy. It is, for the first time, a complete Hindi translation of the Tattvopaplavasimha is brought out by two well-versed scholars of classical Indian Philosophy. This translation, with a close hermeneutical rendering of the text, provides a convincing structure of dialectical as well as sceptical deconstruction of all the major systems of Indian Philosophical thoughts. Its study leads a reader towards a radical support of Charvaka ideology by declaring the annihilation of all principles.

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    The papers study various aspects of teaching philosophy: its methods, models, techniques and associated problems and prospects. They scrutinize philosophy curriculum in universities and use of computers for teaching it. They discuss ways to popularise philosophy and introduce it at the elementary level in schools.

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    Teaching Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century by: P. George Victor 380.00 342.00

    The relevance of philosophy in the strife torn world of today cannot be undermined: going into the ‘why’ of ideas, philosophy examines the importance of concepts and ways to cultivate values, and foster them. But its growing unpopularity particularly as a discipline of study warrants specific attention. The book explores an important factor responsible for this — the way in which philosophy is taught. The papers, presented at a national seminar sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, look into various aspects of teaching philosophy: its methods, models, techniques, associated problems and prospects in the coming decades to highlight the nature and relevance of philosophy. They scrutinise the philosophy curriculum in universities today and study the methods of teaching philosophy in ancient India, with their stress on summarising the essence of philosophical doctrines in sutras or aphorisms. Scholars from the West in their thought-provoking analyses present the changing patterns of curriculum and syllabus of philosophy, and the use of computers and science fiction for the purpose. The Indian teachers of philosophy, both old and young, emphasise on acquainting the students with philosophy right from the school level, and teaching philosophy in an entertaining yet edifying manner by presenting life stories of philosophers and teaching through novel methods. They discuss the need to introduce and popularize philosophy among people in general so as to make philosophy a way of life that can usher in moral and spiritual progress in the Twenty-first Century.

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    This book sets forth the principles and procedures of elementary Logic in a more simplified way. The enlarged edition of A Text Book of Logic Þ An Introduction, it includes an additional chapter on Uses of Language and its Functions besides the main topics on Deductive, Inductive and Symbolic Logic prescribed by various universities.

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    Textbook of Logic (5th Revised edition) by: Krishna Jain 280.00 252.00

    The present book is the fifth enlarged edition of the earlier book A Text Book of Logic — An Introduction. The current edition includes additional chapters on Arguments and Explanations, and Dilemma. Like the earlier book, the present book sets forth the principles and procedures of elementary Logic in the most simplified way and is specifically designed and intended for the use of undergraduate students. It contains almost all the main topics on Deductive, Inductive and Symbolic Logic prescribed in the syllabi of different universities in the country.

    The book attempts to present a clear perspective on Logic as a science of correct reasoning. In the introductory chapter the aim of Logic and the task of a Logician are elaborated. Other topics covered here are Terms, Propositions, Immediate Inference, Syllogism, Boolean Equations, Venn Diagrams, Anti-Logism Theorem, Truth Functions, Truth Table, Deductive Method, Predicate Calculus, Scientific Inductions, Causation, Mill’s Methods and Informal Fallacies to mention a few. All the topics are explained with the help of diagrams and lucid examples. Each chapter is followed by plenty of fresh and exclusive exercises for the benefit of students.

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