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Saints and Gurus

Perspectives on Spiritual and Social Renaissance in Contemporary India by: P. George Victor , S.D.A. Joga Rao

The papers bring out the metaphysical, religious, ethical and social significance of the teachings of modern saints and gurus. They reveal the significance of their understanding of God, the nature of soul, spiritual equality, concepts like karma and jnana and importance of truth and non-violence in the present day.

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ISBN: 9788124602034
Year Of Publication: 2002
Edition: 1st
Pages : viii, 155
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 400

Overview

Saints and gurus have been the guiding spirit of Indian culture. Since ancient times the Indian society has been benefited by their spiritual message. This book is an attempt to bring out the metaphysical, religious, ethical and social significance of the teachings of modern saints and gurus like Ramana Maharshi, Swami Prabhupada, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Sri Satya Sai Baba, Sri Bala Sivayogi, etc. Presented at the national seminar on ‘Living Saints and Gurus of India’, the essays that contained in this book reflect the Indian wisdom and philosophy as believed, practiced and preached by some modern saints of India. They throw light on the understanding of Hindu philosophy in general, and the cultivation of a proper perspective on God, the nature of soul, spiritual equality, importance of truth and non-violence and concepts like karma, Jnana and samsara, in particular. They also analyse the Biblical perspective on sainthood. Importantly, the book relates the significance of their thinking, addressing the imperative concerns of the present-day society in promoting universal peace and brotherhood. The reader will have complete satisfaction out of the time he spends with this book and will get immense pleasure and a life changing experience. This book is for all those interested in Indian religion and philosophy, particularly their growth and relevance in modern context.

Contents

Preface
Introduction: Understanding Saintology
— P. George Victor
1. Sri Vijnananidhitirtha Swamiji: Universal Understanding
— V. Badarayana Murthy
2. Satya Sai Baba: A Prophet of God
— V. Badarayana Murthy
3. Ramana Maharshi: His Philosophy
— B.V.S. Bhanusree
4. Sri Satya Sai Baba’s Approach to Vedanta
— V. Gopalakrishnaiah
5. Swami Bala Siva Yogi and I
— M. Gopalakrishna Reddy
6. Swami Prabhupada: Interpretation of Vedanta
— Monika Talapatra
7. Swami Bhuteshananda: Vedanta
— Monika Talapatra
8. Biswanatha Baba: Vishuddhadvaitavada
— Nimita Kar & Bijayananda Kar
9. Gandhiji: Ideal of Non-violence
— T. Padma
10. Swami Bala Siva Yogi: Spiritual Equality
— K.R. Rajani
11. Mahatma Gandhi: A Secular Saint
— G.S.R. Raju
12. Sri Shirdi Sai Baba: His Life and Message
— S. Satyanarayana
13. Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati: The Sage of Kanchi
— V.N. Seshagiri Rao
14. Sri Nijaguna Sivayogi: Mysticism
— B.P. Siddhashrama
15. Prajapita Brahma: Raja-yoga
— S.C. Suguna Kumari
16. Sri Satya Sai Cult of Love and Devotion
— G. Sundara Ramaiah
— S.D.A. Joga Rao
17. Mother Teresa: The Mission of Love
— P.J. Titus
18. Saint: A Biblical Perspective
— P.J. Titus
The Contributors
Index

Meet the Author
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Prof. P. George Victor (born: 1953), Professor of Philosophy, and Founder Director, Centre for Religious Studies, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam has been teaching Sankara Vedanta, and Western Philosophy for the post-graduate students for more than two decades. He has participated in many seminars in India and abroad. He has organized the ‘First National Seminar on Teaching Philosophy in India’ in association with the editors of Teaching Philosophy journal, USA sponsored by ICPR during March 1998. His major published works include ‘Social Philosophy of Vedanta’, ‘Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya’ and ‘Moral Science’.
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Dr. S.D.A. Joga Rao (born: 1953), Associate Professor of Philosophy, Andhra University, took his Ph. D. Degree from Andhra University, which is adjudged as the best thesis of the year. During his research period he had the prestigious Indian National Science Academy Fellowship. Basically he is interested in Philosophy of Science and Indian Philosophy. Dr. Joga Rao participated in the World Congress of Holistic Medicine, sponsored by WHO, held at Colombo in 1983. He has to his credit, several research articles and two books: ‘Science and Indian Philosophy’ and ‘Buddhism and Peace’ (ed.)
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