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World as Image

by: Arvind Sharma

Book exploring one of Advaita Vedanta’s central illustrative themes with which it tries to render its doctrines credible in the face of our experience of plurality and variety in life.



ISBN: 9788124603628
Year Of Publication: 2006
Edition: 1st
Pages : vii, 110
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 400


There is something profoundly counter-intuitive about Advaita Vedanta. Nothing is more obvious to both the philosophical as well as the non-philosophical observer than the fact that multiplicity constitutes the basic datum of our experience. Variety is not only the spice of life — it is a cardinal fact of life. The doctrines of Advaita Vedanta shock us by flying in the face of this fact and by denying any ultimacy to that plurality and variety which we experience so intimately. This naturally raises the question: how does Adavita Vedanta render its doctrines credible in the face their apparent implausibility. This book is an exploration of one of its central illustrative devices with which it tries to accomplish this daunting task.


1. Introduction
2. The Metaphor of Reflection in Advaita Vedanta
3. The Role of Avidya
4. Some Conclusions Based on Traditional Views
5. The Metaphor of Reflection in a Modern Setting
6. Sleep, Samadhi and the Metaphor of the Image: Soteriological Issues
7. Epistemological Issues
8. Limitations of the Metaphor
9. Conclusion
Author Index
Subject Index

Meet the Author
Arvind Sharma, formerly of the I.A.S., is Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has published extensively in the fields of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion and is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions.