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Nature of Living Tradition

Distinctive Features of Indian Parampara by: Baidyanath Saraswati

Scholars reflect on anthropological, philosophical, spiritual, musical, poetical and experiential dimensions to examine diverse questions on Indian parampara — its source and transmission, the parent of its primal seed, sustaining the flow of parampara or tradition and whether the individual artist must necessarily confront parampara to sustain creativity.

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ISBN: 9788124601778
Year Of Publication: 2001
Edition: 1st
Pages : vi, 126
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
Weight: 500

Overview

Indian Parampara is a response to secular Western thought on tradition and modernity. Presented here are contributors from a distinguished group of Indian scholars representing a wide spectrum of disciplines. It raises many questions: What is the source of parampara? How is it transmitted? Does it hold in potential the characteristics of all orders of knowledge? Who was the parent of its primal seed? How does the individual sustain the flow of parampara or tradition? Is the individual artist capable of sustaining creativity and initiating change? Does he have to take the path of confrontation with parampara? How does the person transcend the small ‘I’ to enlarge himself into the ‘We’? What is that experience of the ‘Self’ where duality between the subject and the object is lost? To answer such central questions the authors of this volume reflect on anthropological, philosophical, spiritual, musical, poetical, and experiential dimensions. This book is an important contribution to traditional thought and culture.

Contents

Introduction
Askable Questions
Parampara and Primordial Pattern
Tradition as Hiero-History
Individual as Person
1. Parampara: A Universal Paradigm
— Baidyanath Saraswati
Parampara: An Inverted Tree
Deposit — Depository — Deposition
Parampara: A Cultural Marker
Oral (Laukika)
Textual (Shastriya)
Transcendental (Naivrittika)
Prampara: Timeless Reality
Patrata — Pramana — Purnattva — Paristhiti — Parishuddhi
Parampara: A Limiting Factor
Parampara: A Three-Fold Knowledge
2. Aspects of Parampara In Early Stages of Buddhism
— M.C. Joshi
3. Tiruppavai: A Living Parampara of Two Thousand Years
— Prema Nandakumar
4. Parampara in Indian Music
— Prem Lata Sharma
5. The Parampara Predicament
— Raghava R. Menon
6. Parampara and Poetry: Ambiguity of the Charmed Word
— Sitakant Mahapatra
7. Parampara and the Individual
— Ramesh Chandra Shah
8. Parampara and the Individual: Beyond Duality
— S.C. Malik
Introduction
Tradition and Modernity
The Individual and Cultural Identity
What Kind of Knowledge?
Poat-Renaissance Knowledge-System and the Emergence of Dichotomies
Transmission of Traditional Knowledge-Systems and MOdernity
Summing Up
9. The Individual and the Indian Spiritual Tradition
— m.m. agrawal
Individual, Individuality and Individualism
The Character of Parampara
The Indian Spiritual Tradition
10. Longing and Belonging: The Question of Tradition
— Alok Rai
11. Tradition, Modernity and the Individual: An Indian Viewpoint
— Ashok R. Kelkar
Demystifying Tradition
Remystifying tradition
The Individual at the Crossroads
Colophon
12. Patterns and the Pattern
— Keshav Malik
List of Contributors
Index

Meet the Author
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B.N. Saraswati obtained his PhD from Ranchi University and specializes in the anthropology of religion and Indian civilization. He is the former UNESCO Professor at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. He was associated with the Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata, for a decade, and another decade at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. During this period he did extensive field work in rural India and conducted a detailed study of Varanasi. Most recently he has been drawing out relevant themes from traditional thought and modern science to build up indigenous anthropology from within. He has authored The Sacred Science of Man, Ascetics of Kashi, and The Nature of Man and Culture: Alternate Paradigms in Anthropology, as well as many other books and publications.
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