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Sea-shell as Silver

A Metaphorial Excursion into Advaita Vedanta by: Arvind Sharma

The question of the relationship between the ultimate reality of the universe, and its proximate reality as experienced by us, is apt to boggle the mind. Nevertheless, the Hindu school of philosophy, known as Advaita Vedanta, tries to render it comprehensible at the level of the individual through everyday analogies like mistaking a piece of seashell for a piece of silver.

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ISBN: 9788124603529
Year Of Publication: 2006
Edition: 1st
Pages : v, 104
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 400

Overview

The question of the relationship between the ultimate reality of the universe, and its proximate reality as experienced by us, is apt to boggle the mind, given the vastness of the dimensions involved. The distinction between it and us is like the difference between an avalanche and a snowflake. Nevertheless, the Hindu school of philosophy, known as Advaita Vedanta, tries to render it comprehensible at the level of the individual by pressing everyday analogies into service. One such analogy is suggested by our experience in life when we momentarily mistake a piece of seashell for a piece of silver. Advaita Vedanta then proceeds to employ this pivotal analogy to explore the various dimensions of the relationship of the individual to the world, to the ultimate reality, and of the ultimate reality to the world. This book uses this metaphor as a window which opens out into the world of Advaita Vedanta.

Contents

Preface
1. Introduction
2. The Shell-Silver Metaphor and the Adhyasa-bhashya of Shankara
3. The Shell-Silver Metaphor in Advaita Vedanta
4. The Complementarity of the Shell-Silver and the Rope-Snake Metaphors in Advaita Vedanta
5. The Shell-Silver Metaphor in Sankhya, Mimamsa and Bhaskara
6. The Shell-Silver Metaphor: Some Limitations
Conclusion
Bibliography
Author Index

Meet the Author
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Arvind Sharma, formerly of the I.A.S., is Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has published extensively in the fields of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion and is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions.
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