The Journey of Advai...
The Journey of AdvaitaFrom the Rigveda to Sri Aurobindo by: Priti Sinha
The Journey of Advaita elucidates the richness, depth and profundity of Advaitic thought right from the Vedas to the Integral Advaitism of Sri Aurobindo, and further how it is being incorporated in modern science. In its long journey, it found its blossom in Shankaras Kevaladvaita, and in its further growth, Bhakti-Vedanta played an important role through Ramanuja, Madhva, Nimbarka and Vallabha.
Year Of Publication: 2018
Pages : xvi, 341
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography, Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
The Journey of Advaita elucidates the richness, depth and profundity of Advaitic thought right from Vedas to Integral Advaitism of Sri Aurobindo and further how it is being incorporated in modern science.
Advaita Philosophy is not a later development of thought as one of the six systems of Indian philosophy. Vedas are replete with suggestions about Unity. The earlier stage of naturalistic and anthropomorphic polytheism yielded to monistic belief. In the dictum, ekam sad vipra bahudha vadanti we perceive an echo of Unity. Upanishadic seers picked up this Unity and tirelessly went in their search till they came to the highest conclusion, tat tvam asi.
This concept of Unity gets its full bloom in Shankaras Kevaladvaita; later on it gave inspiration to different rivulets of Vedanta schools. Shankaras unqualified impersonal Brahman could not satisfy those who sought loving communion with God. Consequently different schools of Bhakti-Vedanta came into existence, namely, Vishishtadvaita of Ramanuja, Dvaita of Madhva, Dvaitadvaita of Nimbarka and Shuddhadvaita of Vallabha. For all of them the emphasis is on the liberation of individual soul only, which gave way to Sri Aurobindos Integral Advaitism where the emphasis is not only on spiritualization of man but of the whole cosmos.
The journey continues further with modern physics. Consciousness is the building block of the Universe and the ground of all beings, which cant be found in plural.
1. Traces of Advaita in Rigveda
2. Advaita in Upanishads
Advaita Vedanta as Independent School
3. Kevaladvaita of Shankara
Meaning of the Word Brahman
Saguna and Nirguna Brahman
Brahman as Consciousness
Brahman as Bliss
Saguna Brahman or Ishvara
Proofs for the Existence of God
Shankaras Conception of Man and His Bondage
Jiva and Atman
Jiva and Sakshin
Ishvara and Jiva
Tat Tvam Asi
Three States of Jiva
The Doctrine of Maya
Maya and Avidya
Is Avidya One or Many?
Shankaras Conception of Liberation
The Way to Liberation
Karma and Jnana
Bhakti and Jnana
Jivanmukti and Videhamukti
4. Schools of Theistic Vedanta
Vishishtadvaita of Ramanuja
The Nature of Ultimate Reality
The Human Soul and Its Bondage
Destiny of Man and the Ways to Attain It
Dvaita Vedanta of Madhvacarya
Concept of Ultimate Reality
The Concept of Jiva and His Bondage
The Reality of World
The Concept of Moksha
Dvaitadvaita Vedanta of Nimbarka
The Nature of Reality
The Nature of Jiva
The Nature of the World
The Concept of Salvation and Ways to Attain It
Shuddhadvaita of Vallabhacarya
The Nature of Soul and Its Bondage
The Nature of the World
Divine Grace of Pushti Marga
5. The Integral Advaitism of Sri Aurobindo
Sri Aurobindos Conception of Man and His Bondage
The Destiny of Man
6. A Summing Up of the Journey of Advaita from Shankara to Sri Aurobindo
7. Advaita and Modern Science