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Voice of Senses

Traditional Thought and Modern Science by: Baidyanath Saraswati

This volume is devoted to a thorough understanding of the concept of senses as interpreted in the ancient Asian traditions with particular reference to Indian religious and philosophical thought. It examines the functions, perception, scientific approach and the recurring cycle of Five Senses in Chinese, Tibetan and Indian philosophy.

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ISBN: 9788124604090
Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : ix, 236
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 500

Overview

This volume is devoted to a thorough understanding of the concept of senses as it has been interpreted in the ancient Asian traditions with particular reference to Indian religious and philosophical thought. It examines the functions of the sense-organs and the perception of them adopting a sociological and scientific approach. The first part of the presentation comments on the recurring cycle of Five Senses in Chinese, Tibetan and Indian philosophy. It takes up ancient knowledge on the senses as can be gained from the Vedas and the Upanishads, the Buddhist Abhidharma text and Jainism, as also from Islamic and Christian philosophies. They relate functioning of the sense-organs to aesthetic perception. Articles in the second part examine ethnic-cultural communities’ responses to senses and attribution of functions to them, as, for instance, the importance attached to the senses by the traditional snake-charmers. They study responses by plant and animal life to their environment and inquire into the biological processes involved in sense perceptions. Modern technology is discussed as imitating the Five Senses. These articles should be of benefit to scholars interested in learning about the different aspects of Indian religious and philosophical perceptions.

Contents

Transliteration Chart
Introduction
— Baidyanath Saraswati
Part I : Philosophy and Religion
1. Tagore’s Congregational Addresses on Seeing and Hearing
— Sitansu Ray
2. The Senses
— Uma Marina Vesci
3. The Five Senses Theory : Indian Approach
— Niradbaran Mandal Kavyatarkatirtha
4. Human Sense-Organs : As Described in the Buddhist Abhidharma
— S.K. Pathak
5. Senses in Jainism
— Bashistha Narayan Sinha
6. Senses and Human Understanding
— B.D. Tripathi
7. Human Senses and Their Purpose
— K.N. Sahay
8. Function of Sense-Organs in Aesthetic Perception
— Kalpika Mukherjee
9. Conceptual Understanding of “Five Agents”(Senses) in Chinese
— Arttatrana Nayak
10. Sensitivity of Japan
— Hikotaro Furuta
11. Dual Nature of Senses : Islamic View
— A.S. Inam Shastri
12. Christian Understanding of Five Senses
— D.M. Solomon
Part II : Science and Society
13. Santal Perception of Organs and the Senses
— Onkar Prasad
14. Function of the Sense-Organs in the Snake-catching Technology
— Sanghamitra Pal
15. Animal Behaviour During Natural Disaster: and Their Role for the Welfare of Mankind
— Saroj Kr. Pyne and Gautam Samanta
16. Plant Response to External Stimuli
— Somasish Ghosh Dastidar and Manojit Debnath
17. Bioinformatics of Perception
— S.N. Ojha
18. Modern Technology to Imitate Five Senses
— Ajeya Jha and H.K.D. Sarma
19. Socio-cultural Construction of Senses and Post-modern Society
— Umesh K. Singh
20. The Five Senses Theory
— Henrik Janne
The 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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