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Classical and Contemporary Issues in Indian Studies

Essays in Honour of Trichur S. Rukmani by: P. Pratap Kumar , Jonathan Duquette

The book, a Festschrift volume in honour of Prof. Trichur S. Rukmani, focuses on diverse themes: Patanjali’s Yogasutras, Advaita Vedanta, Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Shaivism, grammar and epic literature. It also addresses issues of contemporary relevance relating broadly to non-violence, environment, gender and syncretism.

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ISBN: 9788124606520
Year Of Publication: 2013
Edition: 1st
Pages : xviii, 462p.
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 1000

Overview

This book is a Festschrift volume in honour of Prof. Trichur S. Rukmani that reflects the plethora of issues which she studied in her scholastic life. It includes twenty-four essays by distinguished scholars on various classical and contemporary issues pertaining to Indian studies. While the volume discusses current research in the field of Yoga — Prof. Rukmani’s primary research field — it also invites further reflection on other areas of Indian thought which have attracted her attention in the course of her long and fruitful academic career.
The volume is divided thematically into six sections. The first two sections deal with the interpretation of the Yoga, Vedanta and Gaudiya-Vaishnava traditions, exploring issues of hermeneutics, methodology and philosophical analysis. The third section addresses issues of continuity within the Indian tradition and includes essays on tantric Shaivism, Mimamsa and the Bhagavad-Gita. The next two sections feature essays on the Sanskrit philosophical discourse, grammar, epic literature and renunciation in the Indian tradition. The last section of the volume takes up issues of contemporary relevance such as the insights from the Hindu tradition towards environmental ethics, the Svadhyaya movement and its dharmic ecology, non-violence, gender, cultural identity as well as syncretism.
The volume, including essays as diverse as Prof. Trichur S. Rukmani’s own scholarly interests, will certainly benefit all scholars and students of Indology, especially those concerned with the religious and philosophical traditions of India.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Prof. Trichur S. Rukmani: A Biographical Profile
Introduction
Part One
Issues in Interpreting the Yoga Tradition
1. Reading the Fourth Pada of Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra
— Christopher Key Chapple
2. Rethinking Prajna: Yoga-Sutra 1.49 under a Philosophical Magnifying Glass
— Daniel Raveh
3. Moving Towards a Non-Dualistic Interpretation of Yoga: The Integration of Spirit (Purusha) and Matter (Prakriti) in the Yoga-Sutra
— Ian Whicher
4. Yoga-Sutras II.25 and the Conundrum of Kaivalya
— Frederick M. Smith
5. Yoga’s Theism: A New Way of Understanding God
— Gerald James Larson
Part Two
Issues in Interpreting the Vedanta Tradition
6. Advaita Vedanta Insights
— John Grimes
7. Shankara granthah katham otah protash ca?
— Vidyasankar Sundaresan
8. Appaya Dikshita on Avidyanivrtti:
A Critique in Siddhantaleshasangraha
— Jonathan Duquette, K. Ramasubramanian
9. The Gaudiya Challenge to Advaita Vedanta and Classical Yoga: Re-figuring Models of Embodiment and Personhood
— Barbara A. Holdrege
Part Three
Issues of Continuity and Compatibility
10. Sankarsha-kanda: A Victim in Mimamsa Madhyama-vyayoga
— Ashok Aklujkar
11. Linguistic and Cosmic Powers: The Concept of Shakti in the Philosophies of Bhartrhari and Abhinavagupta
— Sthaneshwar Timalsina
12. Freedom in the Bhagavad-Gita: An Analysis of Buddhi and Sattva Categories
— P. Pratap Kumar
Part Four
Issues of Narrative, Philosophical Discourse and Grammar
13. Forging the Fate of Karna: Observations on the Critical Edition of the Mahabharata
— Edeltraud Harzer
14. Truth and Power in Sanskrit Philosophical Discourse
— David Peter Lawrence
15. Ramayana Notes III: The Past Active Participle
— John Brockington
Part Five
Issues of Brahmanical Intellectuals, Ascetics and Renunciants
16. Some Notes on the Difficulties in Defining Intellectual Opponents in the Mahabharata
— Gregory Bailey
17. Renunciation and Celebration: Ascetics in the Temple Life of Medieval Tamil Nadu
— Leslie C. Orr
Part Six
Issues in Contemporary Hinduism: Environment, Non-violence, Gender,
Faith and Syncretism
18. Hinduism and the Environment: Then and Now
— Georges A. James
19. Earth, Water, and Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Svadhyaya Practitioners
— Pankaj Jain
20. Technology, Violence, and Non-violence: A Gandhian Type of Response
— Carl Olson
21. Reviewing Hinduism: Religion, Violence, and Non-Violence
— Madhav M. Deshpande
22. The Role of Government Education in the Lives of Females in Rural Chhattisgarh
— Ramdas Lamb
23. On Being Hindu: Some Autobiographical Reflections
— Acharya Vidyasagar V.V. Raman
24. Ziyaratu Darshanam: A South Indian Pilgrimage Beyond the Boundaries
— Afsar Mohammad
Contributors
Appointments and Publications
Index

Meet the Author
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P. Pratap Kumar is Professor of Hinduism and Comparative Religions in the School of Religion Philosophy and Classics, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. In addition to several scholarly essays and articles his publications include The Goddess Lakshmi in South Indian Vaishnavism (Scholars Press, Atlanta, GA USA, 1997); Hindus in South Africa: Their Traditions and Beliefs (Durban: University of Durban-Westville, 2000); Methods and Theories in the Study of Religions: Perspectives from the Study of Hinduism and other Indian Religions (Delhi: Sundeep Prakashan Publications, 2004); Religious Pluralism and the Diaspora (ed.), (Leiden: E.J, Brill, 2006). He was also one of the editors of the Numen Book Series of the International Association for the History of Religions (Brill, 2004-07). He is also an Associate Editor of South Asian Diaspora Journal (Routledge).
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Jonathan Duquette is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Asien-Afrika-Institut from the University Hamburg, Germany. He received his PhD in Religious Studies with Prof. Trichur S. Rukmani as his supervisor and has also been her research assistant for several years. His research interests include Advaita Vedanta, Indian Buddhism, Sanskrit commentarial literature and the interaction between natural sciences and religions. He has published articles in Numen, Philosophy East and West, Journal of Indian Philosophy and Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science.
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