Author: Swami TapasyanandaPublisher: Sri Ramakrishna MathYear: 2013Language: EnglishPages: 364ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178230382
Generally Vedanta is identified with the exposition of the system by Sri Sankaracarya and the followers of his tradition. An attempt is made in this book to treat in a brief compass the life and teachings of five other Acaryas who differ from Sankara and interpret Vedanta as essentially a system concerned with a God having infinite auspicious attributes, whose grace alone can give salvation to the Jivas involved in the cycle of births and deaths. They are in no way less deserving recognition than Sri Sankara as Acaryas of Vedanta, as they all base their teachings on the three foundational texts of the system-the Upanishads, the Vedanta sutras and the Bhagavad-Gita.The teachings of these five schools have mutual differences, just as they have common differences from that of Sri Sankara. The Vedanta may as a consequence appear as a plethora of contradictions. The drift of this book in its introduction is to show that it is not so in the light of the experiences of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda. The Bhakti-Vedanta system of thought expounded in these pages along with the lives of their illustrious promulgators can provide an alternative mound for spiritual aspirants who feel that Samsara is real, liberation must be real and worship and meditation are not mock battles, and who therefore accept a God, not as a provisional, but as the Ultimate Reality - merciful and gracious, the seat of all auspicious attributes - by whose grace alone one can be freed from the bondage of Samsara.
ContentsPrefaceKey to TransliterationThe glory of BhaktiIntroductionSri Ramanuja: LifeSri Ramanuja: PhilosophySri NimbarkaSri Madhvacarya: LifeSri Madhvacarya: PhilosophySri Vallabhacarya : LifeSri Vallabhacarya : PhilosophySri Krsna Caitanya: Life Sri Krsna Caitanya: PhilosophyAppendix I: Ramakrsna and RelativityAppendix II: Bhava-mukha