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    The book deals chiefly with the Rigvedic concept of divine, and the mode of divine revelation to the Vedic seers. It is a work of its kind in the field of Vedic Interpretation and offers a new perspective and direction to understanding the meaning of Vedic thought and symbolism.

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    Central Philosophy of the Rigveda by: A. Ramamurty 695.00 626.00

    Rigveda, a collection of hymns which are primarily prayers and praises addressed to various deities, is a religious/spiritual classic which influenced the formation and development of Indian way of life and culture. The concept of divine is central to it. The meaning of divine though has undergone significant changes in the long history of Hinduism depending upon its interaction with other world religions, the basic Vedic idea of divine still remains central to the Hindu concept of divine or God.
    In this work we discuss mainly the meaning of divine and the mode of its revelation to the seers of the Rigveda in the state of divinely inspired devotion. This is what the Veda reveals or says about itself. To understand this claim of the Veda requires a deep understanding of the Vedic symbolism employed in communicating the meaning of divine inspiration. The seer-poets resort to symbolic use of language to communicate their vision of the divine, the birth of divine consciousness in them and its expression in the form of hymns. By closely following the text of the Rigveda, one can understand the symbolic use of certain words, and appreciate the meaning of the Veda which would otherwise be highly obscure and utterly unintelligible. Unless we understand the meaning of divine and the mode of its revelation to the Vedic seers it is difficult to understand and appreciate the meaning of the Veda or to interpret it. The Veda in its literary form comes into existence when the divinely inspired devotion is expressed in the form of prayer or hymns. When divine inspiration is offered back to the divine in the form of prayer and praise, human life finds its supreme fulfilment, and its attitude to world or nature gets transformed into one of reverence and worship.

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    The book reinterprets some basic concepts of paramanu (atom), samanya (universal), ahamkara (the ego-principle) and karma as understood by the classical Indian philosophical systems — the Nyaya-Vaishesikas, Samkhyas and the Buddhists. The articles explore the study of Aristotle’s Mean (Mesotes) and Buddha’s Middle Path (Majjhima Patipada).

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    Classical Indian Philosophy Reinterpreted by: Victoria Lysenko, Michel Hulin, 300.00 270.00

    Classical Indian Philosophy Reinterpreted consists of articles written by Victoria Lysenko and Michel Hulin — two distinguished scholars of international repute — on some basic concepts of classical Indian philosophy such as paramanu (atoms), samanya (universal), ahamkara (ego principle), and karma. These essays address important debates and issues that have arisen centering around Indian philosophical texts. In an essay an attempt has been made to resolve the apparent contradiction between the psychological and cosmic aspects of tattva in the scheme of the Samkhya dualism. One of the major contributions of this volume consists in situating Indian concepts from a comparative perspective as well. A comparative account of Aristotle’s Means (Mesotes) and Buddha’s Middle path (Majjihima Patipada) is illuminating. The notion of Christian reincarnation has also been compared and contrasted with the Indian concept of karma. The karmic principle has been interpreted as a mechanism for retribution and the link between karmic causality and the role of Ayurveda, the classical Indian science of medicine, has been explored and analysed. These essays share a common perspective in looking at philosophy from within the cultural traditions in which it grows. This book will be useful to researchers, academicians and other interested persons. Even a reader who is not familiar with classical Indian philosophical texts can form some idea about the rigour and thoroughness of Indian philosophical approach.

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    This book brings into focus the problems associated with conveying the central concepts and categories relating to some key areas of Indian classical thought through the well-established lexicons available in English, the language of ‘power’. It covers thus Epistemology, Ontology, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Religion and Logic, Political Theory, History, and Culture Theory from India and abroad.

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    Classical Indian Thought and the English Language by: Mohini Mullick, Madhuri Santanam Sondhi, 850.00 765.00

    This book is based on the proceedings of a Workshop held in 2011 on Rendering of the Categories of Classical Indian Thought in the English Language: Perspectives and Problems.
    Although scientific texts appear to have successfully solved the problem by standardizing technical terms for all languages of instruction and communication, the problem of translation becomes acute when dealing with vocabularies of long standing belonging to ancient cultures, as is the case in India.
    More urgently, we know that the thought worlds of ancient and medieval India are still very much alive and with us. Thus to even begin to understand contemporary India and its dilemmas, it is essential to come to grips with the foundational concerns, wisdom and follies of a civilization that has refused to die. What we find, however, is that when it comes to the understanding of our own thought traditions, their rendering into the English language in the colonial (and post-colonial) period, has only served to obscure the great cultural divide between the history of Western thought and our own.
    The workshop thus aimed at bringing into focus the problems associated with conveying the central concepts and categories relating to some key areas of Indian classical thought through the well-established lexicons available in English, the language of ‘power’.
    The multidisciplinary gathering included not only philosophers from the fields of Epistemology, Ontology, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Religion and Logic, but also specialists in the fields of Political Theory, History, and Culture Theory from India and abroad.

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    This book articulates the philosophical thought of the twentieth-century Indian philosophers — Sri Aurobindo, K.C. Bhattacharyya and S. Radhakrishnan. It provides a profound understanding of Reason and Intiution while giving admirable understanding of other important metaphysical and religious problems.

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    Concepts of Reason and Intuition by: Ramesh Chandra Sinha 350.00 315.00

    This work is a systematic and critical study of two most important problems of philosophy — Reason and Intuition. The philosophical thought of the twentieth-century Indian thinkers articulates fresh ideas. Though they accept the metaphysical doctrines of Vedànta, one finds a good deal of originality in their world-views. The great thinkers are fully aware that unless they interpret and formulate the traditional truths in the modern framework of ideas, they would cease to inspire. There seems to be a distinct change in their views concerning man’s existence in the world.
    The book embodies a fresh approach towards critical evaluation of some theories and gives valuable insights. It attempts to make relevant comparisons of the views of Indian thinkers with those of some of the eminent thinkers of the West.
    In the detailed study of Sri Aurobindo, K.C. Bhattacharyya and S. Radhakrishnan, the author shows, not only a profound grasp of the concepts of Reason and Intuition, but also the admirable understanding of other important metaphysical and religious problems.
    This book cannot miss the sight of students of philosophy, researchers and scholars.

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    This book articulates the philosophical thought of the twentieth-century Indian philosophers — Sri Aurobindo, K.C. Bhattacharyya and S. Radhakrishnan. It provides a profound understanding of Reason and Intiution while giving admirable understanding of other important metaphysical and religious problems.

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    Concepts of Reason and Intuition (Hb) by: Ramesh Chandra Sinha 650.00 585.00

    This work is a systematic and critical study of two most important problems of philosophy — Reason and Intuition. The philosophical thought of the twentieth-century Indian thinkers articulates fresh ideas. Though they accept the metaphysical doctrines of Vedànta, one finds a good deal of originality in their world-views. The great thinkers are fully aware that unless they interpret and formulate the traditional truths in the modern framework of ideas, they would cease to inspire. There seems to be a distinct change in their views concerning man’s existence in the world.
    The book embodies a fresh approach towards critical evaluation of some theories and gives valuable insights. It attempts to make relevant comparisons of the views of Indian thinkers with those of some of the eminent thinkers of the West.
    In the detailed study of Sri Aurobindo, K.C. Bhattacharyya and S. Radhakrishnan, the author shows, not only a profound grasp of the concepts of Reason and Intuition, but also the admirable understanding of other important metaphysical and religious problems.
    This book cannot miss the sight of students of philosophy, researchers and scholars.

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    This dictionary serves as an immediate reference book to the teachers and the students of philosophy and also to the general readers. It covers as many as seventeen hundred entries that include the most commonly used philosophical terms of the East and the West and the brief biographies of prominent philosophers of the Orient as well as the Occident.

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    Concise Dictionary of Philosophy by: K. Srinivas, V. Kutumba Sastry, 290.00

    This dictionary serves as an immediate reference book to the teachers and the students of philosophy and also to the general readers. It covers as many as seventeen hundred entries that include the most commonly used philosophical terms of the East and the West and the brief biographies of prominent philosophers of the Orient as well as the Occident.

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    This authoritative sourcebook reflects the extensive contributions of K.R. Rao over sixty years of professional engagement, blending theory and empirical research, leadership and scholarship, and classical and contemporary perspectives of Eastern and Western thoughts in a trans-disciplinary setting.

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    Consciousness, Gandhi and Yoga by: K. Ramakrishna Rao 1,200.00 1,080.00

    Consciousnes, Gandhi and Yoga explores the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary Odyssey of K. Ramakrishna Rao spanning over a period of sixty years. Rao’s journey is a voyage of discovery of hidden treasures of consciousness in both the East and the West; and this volume is an authoritative sourcebook detailing and discussing that voyage by scholars from around the world. We find here reflections on the extensive contributions of K.R. Rao which contain a rare, and in some ways unique, blend of theory and empirical research, leadership and scholarship, and classical and contemp-orary perspectives of Eastern and Western thoughts in a trans-disciplinary setting.
    Ramakrishna Rao has carried out extensive empirical research collecting data on hidden human potentials and is engaged in providing for them appropriate conceptual framework and theoretical base in cross-cultural consciousness studies. Further, he creatively anchors Gandhian thought and practices to the current developments in consciousness studies.
    The authors include Prof. Rao’s colleagues and contemporaries scattered around the globe and experts in consciousness studies, Gandhian thought, Yoga and parapsychology. They provide interesting insights into the life and work of Prof. Ramakrishna Rao.
    The present volume is offered as an academic tribute as Prof. Rao crosses the 80th milestone in life’s journey and completes sixty years of professional engagement as a teacher and researcher.

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    The book is a call for developing values of the soul rather than the moral values one has grown with. It provides a deeper understanding of the psychology of human behaviour and talks about three kinds of love — sexual, emotional and conscious. It also reveals the esoteric exercises of Runes to awaken our consciousness.

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    Core Décore by: Amit Jain 500.00 450.00

    Overall the book calls the reader to develop the values of the soul which are much more important than the moral values we have grown with. Also get a deeper psychological understanding on why some people annoy us so much and why we find some people very irritating and how we unconsciously project our own defects on others. Liberating and insightful, it talks about the three kinds of love Þ sexual, emotional and conscious. Dr Jain also reveals the esoteric exercises of Runes that awaken the consciousness.
    For those striving to grow spiritually it explains in detail the Eightfold Path that is the most important teaching of Lord Buddha. Included here is wisdom for young on how to choose a vocation that each human being is here for a purpose. A must read for anyone on the path of spiritual awakening.

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    This book contains transdisciplinary discussions on the nature of consciousness, the methods of studying it, the relevance of consciousness to our values and its role in enhancing human potentials and wellness. Chapters of Ramakrishna Rao, devoted to Yoga, Advaita and Buddhism and contrasts the Indian views with those in the West, make the book a unique collection

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    Cultivating Consciousness by: K. Ramakrishna Rao 1,050.00 945.00

    Consciousness is the distinctive and defining future of human condition. Its study is at once fascinating and frustrating, because consciousness is too familiar to ignore and too complex and elusive to understand and explain. Many consider understanding consciousness the greatest challenge facing twenty-first-century science.
    Cultivating Consciousness is an absorbing East — West dialogue on the conceptual, methodical and theoretical issues. In this unique collection of scholarly articles by eminent researchers in and exponents of consciousness studies we find transdisciplinary discussions on the nature of consciousness, the methods of studying it, the relevance of consciousness to our values and its role in enhancing human potentials and wellness. Ramakrishna Rao discusses consciousness from the perspective of classical Indian thought in separate chapters devoted to Yoga, Advaita and Buddhism, and contrasts the Indian views with those in the West.
    Over all, the book gives the nature of things to come, the controversies and complexities involved and the imminent clash of paradigms. This volume is more than a study in contrast; it is an intellectual bridge that facilitates the travel and exchange between the spiritual and scientific traditions of East and West and between first-person and third-person perspectives.

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    Professor Panda’s insightful analyses corroborate the Vedantic world-view of the cyclic phenomenon of the origin, sustenance and dissolution of the universe, arguing that the universe has been created, it has a creator, and the expanding universe will contract by a reverse process to be finally dissolved in the power of Brahman.

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    Cyclic Universe by: N.C. Panda 1,600.00 1,440.00

    Has the universe a beginning? Was it created? Who, then, is its creator? Or, alternately, is the universe uncreated? Is it beginningless and endless, with, of course, continual changes? Synthesizing the cumulative knowledge of science, philosophy, and religion: Eastern and Western, including Vedic/Vedàntic metaphysics, Professor Panda’s Cyclic Universe looks afresh at these mind boggling questions Þ which, ever since the dawn of human civilization, have evaded a convincing answer. In coming to grips with the issues around the evolution of the universe: the grand cosmos, the author examines not only the whole range of creation theories: both religious and philosophical, but also the Big Bang, its rival theories and modified versions, together with all the recent advances in anthropology, astrophysics, cosmology, Darwinism, molecular, biology, genetics, embryology, morphogenesis, neurobiology, and even computer science. Concludingly showing that the universe has been created, it has a creator, and the presently expanding universe will contract by a reverse process to be finally dissolved in the power of Brahman, Professor Panda’s insightful analyses corroborate the Vedàntic worldview of the cyclic phenomenon of the origin, sustenance and dissolution of the universe. Offering an original, well-integrated thesis on the baffling cosmic evolution, the book is bound to fascinate scholars and discerning readers alike.

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    The present volume consists of a classical interpretation of important Indian philosophical concepts based on the original sources of each system thereof. Two hundred technical terms have been selected from significant schools/branches of Indian philosophy such as Veda, Mimamsa, Upanishads, Vedanta, Yoga, Samkhya, Vaisheshika, Nyaya, Jaina and Buddhism.
    This encyclopaedic dictionary is one of its own kind in the sense that it is for the first time that a selection of original Indian philosophical concepts is done and the concepts are then explained by eminent scholars as per the Sanskrit texts of each school. There is no doubt that the dictionary will be useful for one and all: the inquisitive readers, researchers as well as the scholars of Indian Philosophy.

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    Darshnik Sampratyaya Kosha by: Shashi Prabha Kumar, Santosh Kumar Shukla, Ram Nath Jha, 625.00 563.00

    The present volume consists of a classical interpretation of important Indian philosophical concepts based on the original sources of each system thereof. Two hundred technical terms have been selected from significant schools/branches of Indian philosophy such as Veda, Mimamsa, Upanishads, Vedanta, Yoga, Samkhya, Vaisheshika, Nyaya, Jaina and Buddhism.
    This encyclopaedic dictionary is one of its own kind in the sense that it is for the first time that a selection of original Indian philosophical concepts is done and the concepts are then explained by eminent scholars as per the Sanskrit texts of each school. There is no doubt that the dictionary will be useful for one and all: the inquisitive readers, researchers as well as the scholars of Indian Philosophy.

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    The work makes use of Darwinian insights to reveal that philosophical method can yield greater understanding of selfhood, consciousness of time and the nature of relation of thought to language. It presents a philosophy that is within the naturalistic tradition as represented by W. V. O. Quinn and which is vigorously defended against its competitor — the Kantian tradition.

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    Darwinism and Philosophical Analysis by: Arthur E. Falk 400.00 360.00

    Has the universe a beginning? Was it created? Who, then, is its creator? Or, alternately, is the universe uncreated? Is it beginningless and endless, with, of course, continual changes? Synthesizing the cumulative knowledge of science, philosophy, and relegion: Eastern and Western, including Vedic/Vedantic metaphysics, Professor Panda’s Cyclic Universe looks afresh at these mind boggling questions — which, ever since the dawn of human civilization, have evaded a convincing answer. In coming to grips with the issues around the evolution of the universe: the grand cosmos, the author examines not only the whole range of creation theories: both religious and philosophical, but also the Big Bang, its rival theories and modified versions, together with all the recent advances in anthropology, astrophysics, cosmoslogy, Darwinism, molecular, biology, genetics, embryology, morphogenesis, neurobiology, and even computer science. Concludingly showing that the universe has been created, it has a creator, and the presently expanding universe will contract by a reverse process to be finally dissolved in the power of Brahman, Professor Panda’s insightful analyses corroborate the Vedantic worldview of the cyclic phenomenon of the origin, sustenance and dissolution of the Universe. Offering an original, well-integrated thesis on the baffling cosmic evolution, the book is bound to fascinate scholars and discerning readers alike.

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