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Voice of Death

Traditional Thought and Modern Science by: Baidyanath Saraswati

This book, presents an in-depth study of the concept of death from the distinct viewpoints of all religions and cultures and at the same time taking into account their common concept of continuity of life after death, in contrary to the biological science that adheres to the mechanism of “cell-death.”

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ISBN: 9788124602744
Year Of Publication: 2005
Edition: 1st
Pages : vi, 226
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 500

Overview

If life is a reality, the death is an eternal truth. Does immortality mean clinging to body? If so, it cannot be the life artificially alive as in modern hospitals. Is extinction of species important? The recent developments in the field of molecular biology to clone the extinct animals may raise another dimension: do the species ever die? Death is not the extinction of life, it rather opens a horizon for new journey on this planet or the other. If a person elevates himself and immensely contributes to the society, he gets perpetuated and becomes immortal. Every culture has its own eschatology bearing with death, rituals, customs, beliefs and values. While the Hindus and the Buddhists adhere to the theory of reincarnation, the Muslims and the Christians hold the concept of eternal after life. In the present book, originally the proceedings of the seminar organized by the N.K. Bose Memorial Foundation, Varanasi, various distinguished scholars have richly contributed in presenting an in-depth study of the concept of death from the distinct viewpoint of all religions and cultures and at the same time taking into account their common concept of continuity of life after death in contrary to the biological science that adheres to the mechanism of “cell-death.” Through the social, philosophical, medical, and ayurvedic approaches to death, the existence of soul based on the ideas of immortality and ancestor-worship has been further validated. The book has demonstrated as to how this hard-headed research can illuminate a certain theory that would serve as a bridge between the physical science and social science, the purpose being to reveal the most overall general character of Nature and the nature of Man. This book would definitely appeal to all general readers and more particularly to those of philosophical temperament keen to know more about Death and also the world beyond it.

Contents

Introduction
— Baidyanath Saraswati
Part I
Philosophy and Religion
1. Upanishad Concept of Death
— R.C. Sharma
2. Meditation on Death
— Bettina Baumer
3. Mystery of Death
— K.N. Sahay
4. Death in Lingayatism
— K.G. Gurumurthy
5. Death, End of Life or Beginning of a New One
— Majeed Khan
— Connie Kitchens
— R. Paul Firnhaber
6. Death in Sufis
— Ahmed Sageer Inam Shastri
7. Christian Belief in Resurrection
— George Rajmohan
Part II
Science and Society
8. Extinction: Geological View of Death
— Pratul Kumar Saraswati
9. Death in Biological System
— Madan Mohan Chaturvedi
10. Science of Death
— Lavina Chaubey
11. Death in Ayurveda
— K.H.H.V.S.S. Narasimha Murthy
— R.H. Singh
12. Death in Tibetan Science
— L. Tenzin
13. Death in Prehispanic Mexico
— Yolti Gonzalez Torres
14. Death in Santal Thought
— Onkar Prasad
15. Death Among The Saoras
— M. Suryanarayana
16. Death: Sociological Interpretation
— B.D. Tripathi
17. Death and Social Existence of Man
— Hetukar Jha
18. Death in Kashi
— Umesh K. Singh
List of Contributor
Index

Meet the Author
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B.N. Saraswati obtained his PhD from Ranchi University and specializes in the anthropology of religion and Indian civilization. He is the former UNESCO Professor at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. He was associated with the Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata, for a decade, and another decade at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. During this period he did extensive field work in rural India and conducted a detailed study of Varanasi. Most recently he has been drawing out relevant themes from traditional thought and modern science to build up indigenous anthropology from within. He has authored The Sacred Science of Man, Ascetics of Kashi, and The Nature of Man and Culture: Alternate Paradigms in Anthropology, as well as many other books and publications.
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