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Studies in Indian Arts, Philosophy and Interreligious Dialogue (In Honour of Bettina Baumer by: Sadananda Das , Ernst Fürlinger

This inspirational guide to an open, critical exchange between India and the West is framed as a tribute to Dr. Bettina Baumer, an eminent scholar of Indology. Comprising 32 essays, segregated into three sections — Indian philosophy and spirituality, Indian Arts and Aesthetics, and Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.



ISBN: 9788124603383
Year Of Publication: 2006
Edition: 1st
Pages : xli, 626
Bibliographic Details : 55 Colour & 32 B/w photographs; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 29 cm.
Weight: 2425


The present volume is a tribute to Dr. Bettina Baumer, an eminent scholar of Indology and Religious Studies in general and of Kashmir Shaivism in particular, and one of the important exponents of interreligious dialogue. It contains 32 essays which are divided into three sections, representing the main fields of study of Bettina Baumer. Section I – “Indian Philosophy and Spirituality” — is focussed on the non-dualistic Tantric Shaivism of Kashmir. The range of topics reach from an analysis of the term “Vishranti”/ “repose” (A. Chakrabarti, Hawai’i), the first English translation of the Tantric hymn “Bahurupa-garbhastotra” (H.N. Chakravarty, Varanasi) to the Parvan rites described in Chapter 28 of Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka (A. Padoux, Paris) and a commentary on the opening verses of Abhinavagupta’s Tantrasara (A. Sanderson, Oxford). This focus is complemented by other important contributions, for example on Gandhi’s Ethical Thought (J. Prabhu, Los Angeles) and an analysis of the interactions between Vedanta and Tantra, as shown in the Lalitatrishatibhashya (A. Wilke, Munster). Section II – “Indian Arts and Aesthetics” — contains nine significant articles from outstanding scholars: Kapila Vatsyayan (on the representation of Mount Kailasa in myth, temple architecture and classical literature), Devangana Desai (on the relevance of textual sources in the study of temple art), R.N. Misra (the history of Shaiva-Siddhanta in Central India), R. Nagaswamy (Guhavasi and Devaraja in Cambodia) and others, along with illustrations. The last section on “Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue” wants to stimulate the dialogue between the Indian and Western history of thought — especially with two articles: an examination of the concept of the “Self” and its knowledge in the Western mystical tradition, compared with the concept of “self-knowledge” in the Upanishads (A.M. Haas, Zurich); and a study of “Nothingness” as a key term in Johannes Tauler. This part also contains reflections on an overcoming of the social, economic and political crisis of our contemporary world: e.g. on the cross-cultural dimension of an “ethics of justice” (M. von Bruck, Munich) and on the “interculturation” of religious life (F. X. D’Sa, Pune/Wurzburg). This section ends with the key article by R. Panikkar on essential questions in the dialogue between Hinduism and Christianity, presented through the metaphor of “The Drop of Water.” The volume will be useful not only to scholars of Indology, Indian Philosophy, Indian Arts, and Religion, but also to anybody interested in an open, critical exchange between India and the West — or in search of ways out of the fundamental crisis of our time.


Editors’ Preface
Lokayatra — A Pilgrimage in Two Cultures: Photos and Biographical Essay
Bettina Baumer — Achievements
The Divine Master: Swami Lakshman Joo (1907-91)
Sarla Kumar
Moments of Eternity: The Spiritual Core of Music
Manju Sundaram
A Journey to Mount Kailash
Bernard Imhasly
Indian Philosophy and Spirituality
1. The Heart of Repose, The Repose of the Heart: A Phenomenological Analysis of the Concept of Vishranti
Arindam Chakrabarti
2. Bahurupagarbhastotra: An Annotated Translation
Hemendra Nath Chakravarty
3. On the Parvana Rites According to Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka
Andre Padoux
4. A Note on Santha Literature
D. P. Pattanayak
5. The Significance of Tantra Rahasya
Prabha Devi
6. Gandhi’s Religious Ethics as Touchstone
Joseph Prabhu
7. The Origins of Man
Baidyanath Saraswati
8. A Commentary on the Opening Verses of the Tantrasara of Abhinavagupta
Alexis G.J.S. Sanderson
9. A New Theology of Bliss: ‘Vedantization’ of Tantra and ‘Tantrization’ of Advaita Vedanta in the Lalitatrishatibhashya
Annette Wilke
Indian Arts and Aesthetics
10. Shiva in the Nineteenth-Century Banaras Lithographs
Anjan Chakraverty
11. Relevance of Textual Sources in the Study of Temple Art
Devangana Desai
12. The Goddess of the Island of Gems: An Early Eighteenth-Century Illustration of the Saundaryalahari by a Mewari Master
Eberhard Fischer
13. Concept and Representation of Time in Indian Visual Art
Rai Anand Krishna
14. The Use of Primary Colours in the Natyashastra
Thomas Kintaert
15. Beginning of Shaiva-Siddhanta and its Expanding Space in Central India
R. N. Misra
16. Guhavasi and Devaraja in Cambodia
R. Nagaswamy
17. Myth of Renewal: Citrakara Workshop Practices in Orissa
Dinanath Pathy
18. Mountain, Myth, Monuments
Kapila Vatsyayan
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue
19. Trans-Religious Studies and Existential Interpretation
Karl Baier
20. An Ethics of Justice in a Cross-cultural Context
Michael von Bruck
21. Interculturation of Religious Life: A Meditation
Francis X. D’Sa
22. The Doctrine of Recognition (Pratyabhijna) and Interreligious Dialogue
John R. Dupuche
23. The Music of the Dharma
Mark Dyczkowski
24. Dialogue with Buddhism in the West: Concerning the Interreligious
Meeting in a Secular Culture
Johann Figl
25. Hermann Hesse’s Encounter with India: An Intercultural Appraisal
Annakutty V.K. Findeis
26. Self-knowledge — Space of Inwardness
Alois M. Haas
27. The Meaning of Nothingness for the Mystical Path in Johannes Tauler
Emmanuel Jungclaussen
28. Puja or the Exercise of Thankfulness
Rudolf zur Lippe
29. Between Similarity and Contrast: The Function of Comparisons in Interreligious Debates
Axel Michaels
30. To Bridge Identities
Bithika Mukerji
31. Does Unity of Minds lead to Religious Harmony?
Shivamurthy Shivacharya
32. The Drop of Water: An Intercultural Metaphor
Raimon Panikkar

Meet the Author
Dr. Sadananda Das: Research Officer, Alice Boner Institute (Varanasi); at present Lecturer in Sanskrit, Institute of Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig (Germany).
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Dr Ernst Fürlinger has studied Nondualistic Kashmir Shaivism from 2001 till 2006 in North India, mainly with Pandit Hemendra Nath Chakravarty and Prof. Bettina Bäumer (both from Varanasi). He is presently Head of Center for Religion and Globalization, Danube University Krems, Austria; and Post-doctoral Lecturer at the Institute for Religious Studies, University of Vienna and member of the Scientific staff at Center for Migration and Integration, Danube University, Krems (near Vienna). Austria. Contact:ernst.fuerlinger@donau-uni.ac.at
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