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Vedanta: The Science of Consciousness

Sree Narayana Guru’s Vision by: Omana S

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ISBN: 9788124611388
Year Of Publication: 2022
Edition: 1st
Pages : xxii, 385
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography, Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : Swami Muni Narayan Prasad
Size: 23
Weight: 690

Overview

Sree Narayana Guru (1856–1928), an enlightened seer, represents Vedanta as a Science of Consciousness or pure Epistemology. This book deals with Guru’s epistemology and shows how it can eliminate many of the problems in philosophy and life.
The Guru conceives Consciousness or Arivu as the one all underlying Reality that assumes the form of everything in the world, both mind and matter.
Epistemologists are usually either idealists or realists, but the Guru is neither. To him there is no need to place one above the other since they are two manifest forms of one Consciousness.
Many eminent persons have tried to solve the problem of consciousness, but could not succeed because they were not ready to consider man as a pure being and the essence of the world as Consciousness.
To the Guru, in every event of knowing there is the coming together of subject, object and also the function of knowing. These three are Consciousness in essence. What we really need is awareness of it. All kinds of divisiveness, conflicts and crises can be solved through an awakening of the inner consciousness of man which is non-different from the one all underlying Reality titled Brahman, Atman or Consciousness.

Contents

Foreword – Swami Muni Narayana Prasad

Preface

Abbreviations

1. Introduction

What Is Epistemology?

2. The Philosophy of Sree Narayana Guru

Advaita Vedanta

A Brief History of the Guru’s Life

Education and Teaching

Publically Accepted as a Guru

Sivagiri

A New Temple Culture Begins

Janani Navaratna Manjari

Advaita Ashram

Objectives of Advaita Ashram:

Institution without Differences of Caste and Religion

All Brotherhood Meet

The Parliament of Religions

Mahatma Gandhi’s Visit

Rabindranath Tagore Visits Narayana Guru

Mahatma Gandhi Visits Narayana Guru

Sivagiri Pilgrimage

Institutions

Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam

Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham

Narayana Gurukula

Mahasamadhi

Great Persons Who Visited Sivagiri and Pay Homage to Sree Narayana Guru

Chief Disciples

Advaita Vedanta of Narayana Guru

Atman–Brahman

The Individual

The Nature of “I”

Avidya and Vidya

The World

Maya

Aesthetics

Aesthetics as Philosophy of Beauty and Art

Svanubhava Giti (Verses 11-20)

Kali-Natakam (First 9 Lines)

Ethics

Kindness and Ahimsa

The Guru’s Concept of Caste

Varna and Jati

Jati-Mimamsa

Jati-Laksanam

Religion

Meaning, Definitions

The Role of Religion

Concept of Religion

The One Religion of the Guru

The Unique Method

God

Temples

Prayer

Daiva-Dasakam

Rites

Homa Mantra

3. Indian Systems of Knowledge

Nature and Function of Pramana

Psychology of Knowledge and Epistemology of Knowledge

Consciousness and Cognition

Types of Pramanas

Perception (Pratyaksa)

Indeterminate (Nirvikalpaka) and Determinate (Savikalpaka) Perception (Pratyaksa)

Ordinary (Laukika) and Supernormal (Alaukika) Perception (Pratyaksa)

Inference (Anumana)

Svartha (Three-Propositional Syllogism)

Aristotelian Syllogism

The Parartha Syllogism

Testimony (Sabda: Aptavacana)

Comparison (Upamana)

Arthapatti (Postulation)

Non-Apprehension (Anupalabdhi)

The Nature and Criterion of True Cognition

Theories of False Cognition (Khyativada)

4. Western Theories of Knowledge

Analysis of Knowledge

The Belief Condition

The Truth Condition

The Justification Condition

Justification of Knowledge (Foundationalism)

Coherentism

Internalism and Externalism

Reliabilism and Probabilism

Gettier Problem

The Origin of Knowledge

Scepticism

Academic Scepticism and Pyrrhonian Scepticism

Naturalized Epistemology

Evolutionary Epistemology

Phenomenology

Hermeneutics

Schleiermacher

Dilthey

Heidegger

Gadamer

From Eidetic Phenomenology to Hermeneutic Phenomenology

5. Epistemology of Narayana Guru

Arivu (Epistemology of Gnosis) (tr. Nataraja Guru)

AUM or Pranava

Neither This Nor That, but AUM

The Word and the Silence

Origin of Knowledge

Structure of Knowledge

Nirupadhika Jnana and Sopadhika Jnana

Atma-jnana and Anatma-jnana

Yathartha-jnana and Ayathartha-jnana

Jiva-jnana and Indriya-jnana

Para-jnana

Manifestation of Consciousness as “the Known, the World”

Differentiation of Bhanas

Sthula-Bhana

Suksma-Bhana

Karana-Bhana

Turiya-Bhana

Another Scheme of Self-Manifestation

Adhyasa

Validity of Knowledge

Perception (Pratyaksa-jnana)

Inference (Anumana–Anumiti-Jnana)

Comparison (Analogy–Upamiti-Jnana)

Method of Absolute Knowledge

Prerequisites for Absolute Knowledge

Tapas

The Way to a Unified Science of the Absolute:

The Western View

A New Way in Physics

Albert Einstein (1879–1955)

Erwin Schrödinger (1887–1961)

Normalization and Neutralization of Scientific Thinking

Sir Arthur Eddington (1884–1944)

Henri Bergson (1859–1941)

The Science of Sciences

Conclusion

Appendix I

Philosophical Works

Atmopadesa-Satakam

One Hundred Verses of Self Instruction: (English translation by Nataraja Guru)

Darsana-Mala: Garland of Visions (English translation by Nitya Chaitanya Yati)

Advaita Dipika (The Lamp of Non-Duality) (English translation by Nataraja Guru)

Arivu: Epistemology of Gnosis  Malayalam: Quoted in Chapter 5

Brahma-Vidya-Pancakam (Brahma-vidya in five verses)

Daiva-Dasakam (Ten verses on God)

Vedanta-Sutras

Slokatrayi

Homa-Mantram (A Revelation of Agnihotra)

Nirvrti-Pancakam

Hymns

Works of Moral Value

Translations

Appendix II

Dr Zakir husain

Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma

K.R. Narayanan

Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Rajiv Gandhi

Narendra Modi

Acharya Vinoba Bhave

Jawaharlal Nehru

Shri V.V. Giri

Shri Jagajeevan Ram

Swami Chinmayanandaji

Bibliography

Index

Name Index

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