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Sourcebook of Classical Hindu Thought

by: Arvind Sharma

The book aims at familiarizing the readers with classical Hindu thought as enshrined in its foundational scriptures, the Vedas, for the information they provide on basic Hindu concepts relevant to the interests of students and scholars.

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ISBN: 9788124606438
Year Of Publication: 2012
Edition: 1st
Pages : ix, 233p.
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 500

Overview

This volume presents material drawn from the classical Hindu texts, as well as other sources, to familiarize readers with the outlines of classical Hindu thought. It provides a bunch of readings organized around certain set concepts, quarried from Hindu religious texts of the past. It discusses material from classical Hindu texts relating to the themes of the divine realm such a brahman, devi, ishvara, trimurti, and so on, as well as of the mundane realm, such as jiva, samsara, karma, dharma, and so on. It also covers the concepts which link the two realms, such as those of maya, and the overcoming of it through yoga, to attain moksha. Some selections also throw light on what classical Hinduism has to say about the human being as a social being, through such concepts as varna, ashrama, and the purusharthas.
The volume would be of interest to all students and scholars of Hinduism, and particularly those interested in exploring Hindu philosophy and theology.

Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
1. Brahman : Ineffable
2. Brahman: Nirguna and Saguna
3. Devi
4. Ishvara
5. Trimurti
6. Brahma
7. Vishnu
8. Shiva
9. Jiva
10. Samsara
11. Karma
12. Dharma
13. Maya
14. Moksha
15. Jnana-Yoga
16. Bhakti-Yoga
17. Karma-Yoga
18. Varna
19. Ashrama
20. Purushartha
21. Veda
Concluding Remarks
Notes on Sources Cited
Bibliography
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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