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Voice of Life

Traditional Though and Modern Science by: Baidyanath Saraswati

The book presents views on life from the traditional as well as modern perspectives to come up with many interpretations surveys evolution of life and extinction theories, focusing on development of life over 600 million years from simple to complex. The contributors delve into the Upanisadic and Vedic concepts of life, and the Hindu astrological and ayurvedic perception and Christian perspective of life as well.

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ISBN: 9788124603666
Year Of Publication: 2006
Edition: 1st
Pages : vi, 151
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 425

Overview

The volume presents views on life from the traditional as well as modern perspectives to come up with many interpretations. Indologists, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers and physical and social scientists profess that traditional thought and modern science offer two different world-views on life: the first encompassing a wholeness of life, and the other explaining the universe and life with ideas of the realm of matter alone. Referring to various ancient texts as well as thoughts of social scientists based on empirical studies, the contributors delve into the Upanishadic and Vedic concepts of life, and the Hindu astrological and ayurvedic perception of life. They examine the Christian perspective of life as well. Discussing the theme from the viewpoint of physical law, the book surveys evolution of life and extinction theories, focusing on development of life over 600 million years from simple to complex. It ponders over questions like radical difference between living and non-living matter though both consist of molecules. Connecting science to societal development, it deals with ancient community theories on life and nature taking specific ethnic communities like the Mesoamericans and the Santals in India as examples. The book is an all-inclusive and extensive study of traditional and scientific perspectives on the life origin, urges and responses, meaning and essence of life, and its development.

Contents

Introduction (Baidyanath Saraswati)
Part I
Philosophy and Religion
1. Upanishadic Concept of Life (R.C. Sharma)
2. Vedic Concept of Life (Uma Marina Vesci)
3. Life with Covers (B.D. Tripathi)
4. Exploring Mystery of Life (K.N. Sahay)
5. Life Perennial (Jogananda Jha)
6. Web of Life (Ajeya Jha)
7. Life: Christian Perspective (Anthony Sudil)
8. Religious Concept of Life (A.S. Inam Shastri)
9. Law of Life: The Cosmic Principle (Baidyanath Saraswati)
Part II
Science and Society
10. Technology and Destiny of Man: What Can We Learn from the History of Life (Pratul Kumar Saraswati)
11. Life: A Scientific View Point (Surendra Nath Mishra)
12. Life, Nature and the Sacred in Mesoamerican Cosmo Vision (Yolotl Gonzalez Torres)
13. Life in Santal Thought (Onkar Prasad)
14. Origin of Life and Piltdown Forgery (A.S. Inam Shastri and Shaila Parveen)
15. Towards Understanding Life in the Context of Social Reality (Umesh. K. Singh)
List of Contributors
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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