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An Introduction to Vedanta

by: R. Subramony



ISBN: 9788193607534
Year Of Publication: 2020
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : xii, 124p.
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Academic Publishing International
Size: 23
Weight: 450


Vedanta holds an unparalleled and unique place among the six systems of Indian philosophy. Though the Vedas are the fountainhead of Indian philosophical systems, Vedanta incorporates the philosophical thoughts resplendent in the Upanishads, the Brahmasutras, the Bhagavatgita, and in the commentaries on all these texts.
An Introduction to Vedanta introduces the Vedanta philosophy in brief and talks about its cardinal issues like self-control and the meaning of worship, maya and its gunas, upadhi, the theory of cycle, subtle bodies, the role of meditation, samadhi and its four major obstacles, Brahman realization and the state of a jivanmukta and his relation with Brahman and the world.





The Origin of Hindu Philosophy

The Vedas

The Divisions of the Vedas

The Upanishads


Religion and Philosophy

The Proof of Truth

The Four Stages of Life

The Four Ideals

The Four Castes

Karma and Rebirth

The Guru

Four Qualifications of the Pupil

  1. The Meaning of Self-control

Vedanta and Worship

  1. The Methods of Vedanta
  2. The Meaning of Maya
  3. The Three Gunas

Maya: A Statement of Fact

The Two Powers of Maya

Projection Power and Veiling Power

Two Modes of Maya

  1. The Upadhi

Microcosm and Macrocosm


  1. The Theory of the Cycle


Efficient and Material Cause

Subtle Elements

  1. Subtle Bodies  

The Jiva (Living Soul)

Gross Elements

The Gross Universe

Summer of Cosmology

Erroneous Ideas about the Self


That Thou Art

  1. The Practice of Meditation
  2. Obstacles to Samadhi
  3. The Goal
  4. The Jivanmukta: The Liberated Man

Bibliography and Suggested Reading               


Meet the Author
Ramaswami Subramony was born in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala state, in 1976. His first book Frying Pan and Other Stories was published in 2009 by Frog Books, Mumbai, under the nom de plume Raja. He presently works as Assistant Professor in English at Madura College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
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