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Philosophy of Narayana Guru

by: Swami Muni Narayana Prasad

The book presents the essence of the philosophy of Narayana Guru, the noted philosopher-saint of modern India who reintroduced the essential Upanisadic content with a fresh appeal. Based on a thorough study of his works, it deals with his thought on ethics, aesthetics, religion, rituals and casteism.

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ISBN: 9788124602362
Year Of Publication: 2017
Edition: 3rd
Pages : xviii, 155
Bibliographic Details : Appendix ; Glossary; Bibliography; Index;
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 22 cm.
Weight: 250

Overview

Narayana Guru (1854-1928), a much-revered philosopher-saint of South India, revisualised the essential Upanisadic thought with a freshness of perspective. Further, he applied basic aspects of his Upanisadic philosophy successfully to bring about radical social transformations. This book deals with his philosophy as discussed in his major work, Atmopadesa Satakam (One Hundred Verses of Self Instruction) but incorporates views and ideas from his other works as well. The work focuses on Narayana Guru’s philosophic thought dealing with the meaning of Vedanta, the way to seek Reality, the role of the individual in life, and karma, maya, the atma’s (self-)manifestation and sat-cit-ananda as the definition of the atma or Brahman and as the final goal. The various concepts are explained in relation to one another and from the viewpoint of achieving the final goal in life to present a unified thought construct that forms the core of Narayana Guru’s philosophy. It also takes up the application of his Upanisadic philosophy in different disciplines like ethics and aesthetics and in practice of religion, temple-related matters and rites. The book will be particularly useful to scholars, teachers and students of Vedanta as well as all educated seekers of Reality.

Contents

Preface
Introduction ?
Part One
The Philosophy
1. Preliminaries
The Problems
2. The What of Vedanta
The World
What is Atman? What is Brahman?
The One Substance
Saccidananda
3. The How of Vedanta (Methodology)
Interiorised Perceiving
Dialectics of Interiorised Perception
Summary of Above
Peculiarity of the Method
4. The Why of Vedanta (Axiology)
Where Are We Wrong?
What Is Ananda?
5. We Prepare Ourselves
The Prerequisites
Tapas
Sin and Merit
6. The Search
The Experiment
Calculations
The Finding
7. The Individual
The Origin
The Simplest Fact
Vidya and Avidya
Turiya
8. Karma
What is Karma? Individual’s Karma
How Karma Works
Free Will
Avidya and Karma
Classification of Karmas
Rebirth
The Karma-Yogi
9. The World
The What of the World
World as ‘the Effect’
The How of the World
That Birth and Death are Unreal
Why the World Continues to be Perceived
The Why of the World
10. Maya
The Undefinable
The Effects of Maya
The Source
A Veil (Avarana)
Transcending Maya
11. Atma’s Self-manifestation as ‘The Known’
‘The Known’
Bhanas Differentiated
Sthula-bhana
Suksma-bhana
Karana-bhana
Turiya-bhana
Another Scheme of Self-manifestation
The Dialectics of Appearance and Reality
12. Epistemology
Origin of Knowledge
Methods of Knowledge
Validity of Knowledge
Structure of Knowledge
A Sadhana
13. Sat-Cit-Ananda
Sat
Cit
Ananda
Saccidananda Experienced
14. The Science of Sciences
A Schematic Representation
The Universe of Knowledge and Universities
A Science that Excludes Nothing
Logic and Mysticism
The Guru’s Vision
Part Two
Application
15. Ethics
In the East
‘What is Good?’ ‘What is Evil?’
The Search for a Norm
As a Science
Kindness and Ahimsa
16. Aesthetics
Beauty: A Non-dual Experience
What is the Beautiful?
What is Art?
The World: A Work of Art
Effusions of Ecstacy
The World as a Dance-Drama
Emerging of Aesthetic Sentiments
17. Casteism
Casteism and Racism
The Guru’s Role Affirmative Actions
The Guru’s Method
Varna and Jati
The Guru’s Directives
Jati Mimamsa
Jati-Laksanam (Kind Defined)
Why Can’t it be Advantageously Used?
Social Movements
18. Religion
The Role of Religion
Religion in the Age of Science
The Psychology of Religious Identity
God-Realisation
The Parliament of Religions
19. God, Temples, Rites
Why Prayer
God, One or Many?
Temples
Rites
Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Swami Muni Narayana Prasad is the Guru and Head of Narayana Gurukula, a guru-disciple foundation open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, gender, religion or nation, aimed at promoting the Science of the Absolute (Brahma-vidya) as restated by Narayana Guru. A disciple of Nataraja Guru and Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, he has travelled widely teaching Indian philosophy. He has authored around seventy-five books in the Malayalam language. His English books are: commentaries on the Isha Kena, Katha, Prashna, Mundaka, Mandukya Taittiriya, Aitareya and Chandogya Upanishads, Vedanta Sutras and Darshanamala of Narayana Guru, Three Acaryas and Narayana Guru, Karma and Reincarnation, Basic Lessons on India’s Wisdom, The Philosophy of Narayana Guru, Life’s Pilgrimage Through the Gita, Collected Works of Narayana Guru, Narayanasmritih, and Natural Philosophy for Youth.
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