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Reality and Mysticism

Perspectives in the Upanisads by: Ramakrishna Puligandla

Prof. Puligandla reveals the central Upanisadic insights and the significance of the observations to modern scientific thought. He comes up with ideas on the nature of the ultimate reality, compatibility of science, religion and philosophy, etc.

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ISBN: 9788124600924
Year Of Publication: 2017
Edition: 2nd
Pages : vii, 84
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 21 cm.
Weight: 150

Overview

Since ancient times, philosophers and scholars have attempted to study and analyse the profound thoughts of the Upanishads in order to unravel their true meaning. The lectures presented here are a fresh analysis of the Upanishadic thinking with respect to reality, knowledge and consciousness. Prof. Puligandla here attempts to reveal the central Upanishadic insights and the significance of the observations to modern scientific thought. He comes up with some important ideas on the nature of the ultimate reality, compatibility of science, religion and philosophy, and the Upanishadic teaching vis-a-vis modern science. He also successfully dispels crucial misunderstandings of Shankara’s philosophy and that of Nagarjuna. The speciality of the book is the author’s novel interpretation of mysticism as an effective instrument of Brahma jnana or knowledge of Reality. In a bold and intellectually stimulating presentation, Prof. Puligandla shows that the mysticism of the Indian tradition, far from being illogical or irrational, is meant to awaken and inspire the seeker’s mind for the quest of the ultimate reality. Such knowledge even transcends all forms of catogorial knowledge. This work is an extremely absorbing scholarly masterpiece characterized by a unique understanding of Upanishadic thought. Its lively yet analytical discussion of the Upanishads would present a new perspective to serious scholars of philosophy.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Immanence and Transcendence in the Upanishadic Teaching
2. Science, Philosophy and Religion: Quest for a Unitary Vision
3. The Central Upanishadic Insights: Their Significance to Deconstruction and Theory of Everything
Selected Bibliography

Meet the Author
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Ramakrishna Puligandla is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toledo USA. He has received a B.S. degree in physics and an M.S. degree in applied physics from the Andhra University in Waltair, India and an M.S. degree in physics from the Purdue University in the US. His academic achievements in philosophy include an A.M. degree in philosophy from the University of South Dakota and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rice University. His areas of speciality are logic, philosophy of science, and comparative philosophy and religion, with emphasis upon the Indian and Western traditions. Dr. Puligandla, Fulbright visiting professor in India in 1992, has written ten books and over seventy scholarly papers. Associated with many institutions and journals, he is a member of the American Philosophical Association, assistant editor of The Philosopher’s Index and consultant and reviewer for Choice, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
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