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Prakrti (5 Vols. Set)

the Integral Vision by: Kapila Vatsyayan

This 5-volume set, first of its kind, produced by the most distinguished specialists in the field, should enjoy a wide readership amongst philosophers of many different persuasions, scientists, theorists of art and culture, particularly ecologists and anthropologists seeking new insights into the phenomena of Nature.

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ISBN: 9788124600368
Year Of Publication: 1995
Edition: 1st
Pages : xviii, 190 p. xiv, 153 p. xv, 220 p. xiv, 228 p. xii, 270 p.
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 29 cm.
Weight: 6100

Overview

PRAKRTI : The Integral Vision explores the concept of the primal Elements (Sky, Air, Fire, Water, Earth, etc.) which has governed and determined the evolution of civilizations and cultures. This 5-volume collection is the outcome of a series of five successive but inter-locked seminars culminating into cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary understanding. The First Volume, Primal Elements: The Oral Tradition, focuses attention on the articulation of cohesive communities communicating with the Elements in continuous unceasing dialogue. To them the nature is not a matter of intellection; it is a question of life here and now. This is manifested in their primary myths and rituals which sacralize nature so that man can live as an integral part of the Universe. The Second Volume, Vedic, Buddhist and Jain Traditions, centres on the texts, probing deep into the Vedic rituals, Upanisadic philosophies and Jyotisa sastra. There is a prodigious consideration of the concept of maha-bhutas in Buddhism and Jainism. It also brings forth the many covergences and divergences of the view-points between and amongst these different streams of Indian thought. The Third Volume, The Agamic Tradition and the Arts, examines systematically the manifestation of the Elements in the Indian arts and their Agamic background. From the different vantage points of the architect, sculptor, painter, musician and dancer, the field is reopened here to discern the structure of the arts at its primal level. Experiences of the transformation of the gross to the subtle and the theories of aesthetics and cultural ecology emerge from such a captivating view-point. The Fourth Volume, The Nature of Matter offers a much-needed critical appraisal of modern scientific concepts with reference to traditional thoughts. It contains invaluable discussion on quantum theory and elementary particles, evolution of living matter, nature and function of matter, scientific philosophy and Buddhist thought, Sankhya theory of matter, ancient and medieval biology, mysticism and modern science, traditional cosmology, matter and medicine, matter and consciousness, etc. The dialogue created between the method of science and the method of speculation is invigorating. The Fifth Volume, Man in Nature, is a coming together of cultures and disciplines. Enchanting in their own way, the international community of scientists, philosophers, anthropologists, ecologists and artists, share in this volume the myths and cosmology of their respective societies and cultures. There emerges a most meaningful dialogue between those who live with the myths of primordial elements and those who have modified the tools of science to investigate the nature of matter. This 5-volume set, first of its kind, produced by the most distinguished specialists in the field, should enjoy a wide readership amongst philosophers of many different persuasions, scientists, theorists of art and culture, particularly ecologists and anthropologists seeking new insights into the phenomena of Nature.

Contents

“Volume 1
Primal Elements — The Oral Tradition
Foreword
— Kapila Vatsyayan
Preface
— Kapila Vatsyayan
Introduction
— Baidyanath Saraswati
1. Cosmogonic Myths: In Northeast India : Forces of Nature
— Baidyanath Saraswati
2. Chinese Cosmogony : Man-Nature Synthesis
— Tan Chung
3. The Supernatural in Nature : Sindhi Tradition
— Lachman K. Khubchandani
4. The Order of Nature in Liangmais Myth
— Sujata Miri
5. The Nomads : Man, Animal, Nature
— R.S. Negi
6. Perception of Bhutas in Kedarkhand
— M.M. Dhasmana
7. Perception of Bhutas in Garhwal
— D.R. Purohit
— Poornanand
— Richa Negi
8. The Visvakarma Worldview
— Jan Brouwer
9. The Birhor Universe
— Ashim Kumar Adhikary
10. Bhuiyan Primal Elements
— Pradeep Mohanty
11. Primal Elements in the Santhal Musical Texts
— Onkar Prasad
12. A Santhal Myth : Five Elements
— Kanak Mital
13. Five Elements in Santhal Healing
— N. Patnaik
14. The Angami Fire and Water
— Vibha Joshi
15. Bhutas in Oral Ayurvedic Tradition
— V. Verma
16. Peasant Perception of Bhutas : Uttara Kannada
— M.D.Subash Chandran
17. Danda Ritual : Five Elements
— Ileana Citaristi
18. Kerala Fisherfolk : Ritualistic and Cosmic Elements
— P.R.G. Mathur
List of Contributors
Index
Volume 2
Vedic, Buddhist and Jain Traditions
Foreword
— Kapila Vatsyayan
Introduction
— Sampat Narayanan
1. Pancamahabhutas : Origin and Myths in Vedic Literature
— S.K. Lal
2. Pancabhutatattvanirupanam
— N.S. Devanathachariar
3. Bhutas in Vedic Rituals and Literature
— T.N. Dharmadhikari
4. Water Element : In Vedic Cosmogony
— Usha R. Bhise
5. Gist of Cosmological Ideas in Vedas
— Srinivas Madabhushi
6. Cosmogony and Cosmology in Major Upanishads
— K.V. Mande
7. The Five Mahabhutas : A Semantic Analysis
— A.M. Ghatage
8. The Mahabhutas : The Buddhist Approach
— Pratibha Pingle
9. Concept of Bhuta in Early Buddhist Philosophy
— Mahesh Tiwary
10. The Concept of Great Elements in Jain Cosmology
— Mangala Mirasdar
11. Mahabhutas in Jyotisha Shastra
— S.D. Sharma
List of Contributors
Index
Volume 3
The Agamic Tradition and the Arts
Foreword
— Kapila Vatsyayan
List of Plates
Abbreviations
Introduction
— Bettina Baumer
1. Ritual Sublimation of Elements in Pancaratra Agama
— Prabhakar P. Apte
2. The Pentadic Universe in the Shaivagamas
— H.N. Chakravarty
3. Pancabhutas in Shaiva Ritual : With Special Reference to Bhutashuddhi
— S.S. Janaki
4. Agamic Treatment of Mahabhutas in Relation to Mandals and Arts
— S.P. Sabarathinam
5. From Sensuous to Supersensuous : Some Terms of Indian Aesthetics
— K.D. Tripathi
6. The Cosmic View of Rangadaivatapujana : The Question of its Agamic Backgrouns
— Radhavallabh Tripathi
7. Mahabhutas in Sangita-Shastra : With Special Reference to Yoga and Ayurveda
— Prem Lata Sharma
8. The Body as an Instrument : A Theoretical Choice Made by Sharngadeva
— Mukund Lath
9. Lines of Fire, Lines of Water : The Elements in Shilpashastra
— Bettina Baumer
10. The Unity and Gravity of an Elemental Architecture
— Michael W. Meister
11. Concept of Space in the Vastu Tradition : My Experience
— V. Ganapati Sthapati
12. Ecology and Indian Myth
— Kapila Vatsyayan
13. The Cosmic Elements in India : An Agenda of Questions
— Ashok R. Kelkar
14. Mahabhuta in Determining Cultural Ecology
— Bryan Mulvihill
List of Contributors
Index
Plates
Volume 4
The Nature of Matter
Foreword
— Kapila Vatsyayan
Preface
— Jayant V. Narlikar
1. Bhutas : Some Reflections on Modern Scientific Concepts and Traditional Indian Thoughts
— Jayant V. Narlikar
2. Quantum Theory, Elementary Particles : Limits to Divisibility
— N. Mukunda
3. Evolution of Living Matter
— S.R.N. Murthy
4. Nature and Function of Matter
— E.C.G. Sudarshan
5. Scientific Philosophy : With Reference to Buddhist Thought
— Raja Ramanna
6. Matter is Consciousness
— S.C. Malik
7. Matter and Magic
— C.V. Vishveshwara
8. Forms of Life in the World of Matter : Reflections on Tribal Cosmology
— Baidyanath Saraswati
9. The Panca Mahabhutas
— P.G. Lalye
10. Samkhya Theory of Matter
— M.P. Rege
11. Transmutation : Ancient Indian Concepts and Practices
— B.V. Subbarayappa
12. Bhutas : Some Inter-Related Themes of Indian Cosmology
— P.K. Mukhopadhyay
13. Indian Cosmology : Reflections in Religion and Metaphysics
— A.K. Chakravarty
14. Creation of the Universe and Evolution of Life
— Arshad Hussain
15. Concept of Matter in Unani Medicine
— Hakeem Altaf Ahmad Azmi
16. Ancient and Mediaeval Biology : Looking Through the Magnifying Glass of the Modern
— Pushpa M. Bhargava
— Chandra Chakrabarti
17. In Pursuit of Reality : Oriental Mysticism and Modern Science
— N.C. Rana
List of Contributors
Index
Volume 5
Man in Nature
Foreword
— Kapila Vatsyayan
Introduction
— Baidyanath Saraswati
1. Man, Nature and the Universe
— Jayant V. Narlikar
2. Cosmogony and the Elements : The Intuition of Cosmos in Science and Myth
— Johan McKim Malville
3. Transmutation from one Form to Another : The Interaction of Colour and the Elements — Some Scientific and Aesthetic Consideration
— A. Ranganathan
4. Holistic Science and Consciousness
— S.C. Malik
5. Nature and Life : Old Ideas, New Questioning
— Ananda Wood
6. Nature as Feminine : Ancient Vision of Geopiety and Goddess Ecology
— Madhu Khanna
7. On Some Aspects of Bhutas During Birth-Death Passages
— Gian Giuseppe Filippi
8. Akasa, From Space to Spacelessness : Medieval Indian Mystics Concept of Akasa
— S.G. Tulpule
9. Amrtamanthana : The Vedic Sources of Hindu Creation Myth
— Natalia R. Lidova
10. Elements of Nature and the Order of Culture
— Baidyanath Saraswati
11. The Zuni View of Nature
— Triloki Nath Pandey
12. Fire and Sun, the Positive Energy of the Cosmos in Meso-American Cosmovision
— Yolotl Gonzalez Torres
13. Pre-Christian Eastern Slavic Reflections on Nature
— Molly Kaushal
14. The Cosmic Nature of Bushman Law
— A.J.G.M. Sanders
15. Nature and Human Development Among the Baka Pygmies : Concepts and Perceptions
— John Mope Simo
— Paul Nkwi Nchoji
16. Pancatattva in Artistic Manifestations : A Case Study of Tribal Gujarat
— Haku Shah
17. Nature, Man and Art : An Irano-Islamic Perspective
— Amir H. Zekrgoo
18. Five Elements of Ecology
— Satish Kumar
19. Common Roots or Transfer of Culture
— M. Vannucci
20. Modernization as a Form of Cultural Adaption to the Environment
— Napoleon Wolanski
List of Contributors
Index

Meet the Author
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Internationally recognized as a leading scholar in the diverse fields of Culture and the Arts, Dr Kapila Vatsyayan’s work is inter-disciplinary and spans a vast geographical area, particularly Asia. Her publications include path-breaking works such as Classical Indian Dance in Literature and the Arts and the Square and the Circle of the Indian Arts as also Indian Classical Dance; Traditions of Indian Folk Dance; Traditional Indian Theatre: Multiple Streams; Dance in Indian Painting; and Bharata: The Natyashastra. She has explored the many dimensions of the poem Gita-Govinda — the literature, manuscripts, the relationship of the text, poetry and the painting: she has published six monographs, besides directing a multimedia presentation. Dr Vatsyayan has been acclaimed as Editor of two major volumes for the IGNCA — The Concepts of Space and The Concepts of Time. Besides, she has been General Editor of seven volumes of IGNCA’s Kalatattvakosha series, an inter-disciplinary exploration of Indian key concepts, as also of the Kalamulashastra series on fundamental texts bearing on Arts. She has edited The Cultural Heritage of India, vol. VII (in two parts) for the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, and co-edited Aesthetic Theories and Forms in Indian Tradition, for the Centre for Studies in Civilizations. Dr Vatsyayan has been Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Arts, a member of the Rajya Sabha; member of the UNESCO Executive Board, and President, India International Centre. She is currently chairperson of IIC-Asia Project. She is a recipient of many honours, including Padma Vibhushan from the Government of India and D.Litt. (honoris causa) from several universities in India and abroad; so also the first Asian woman to be awarded the Thalia Prize by the International Association of Theatre Critics.
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