Author: Rene GuenonPublisher: Munshiram ManoharlalYear: 2000Language: EnglishPages: 351ISBN/UPC (if available): 8121509637
The present work is reissue of English translation of Rene Guenon's work, Introduction Generals and I'Etude des Doctrines Hindoues. This work instead of treating the Hindu doctrines as a "special field of research" with a view to derive results that could be of least importance to ordinary men takes an entirely different approach. The author starts out with quite other ends in view requiring an entirely different method for their realization, as well as an entirely different angle of approach. As a result this book just as well serves as a key to the understanding of any of the traditional doctrines, or of them all. As for the Hindu doctrines which cover only one part of the work have simply been selected to exemplify the principles and workings of traditional civilization.
TRANSLATOR'S FOREWORDPREFACEPART IPRELIMINARY QUESTIONSCHAPTER1. East and West2. The Divergence3. The Classical Prejudice4. Relations Between the Peoples of Antiquity5. Questions of Chronology6. Linguistic DifficultiesPART IITHE GENERAL CHARACTER OF EASTERN THOUGHT1. The Main Divisions of the Eastern World2. Principles of Unity of the Oriental Civilizations3. What is Meant by Tradition4. Tradition and Religion5. Essential Characteristics of Metaphysic6. The Relations Between Metaphysic and Theology7. Symbolism and Anthropomorphism8. Metaphysical Thought and Philosophical Thought Compared9. Esoterism and Exoterism10. Metaphysical RealizationPART IIITHE HINDU DOCTRINES1. On the Exact Meaning of the Word 'Hindu'2. Perpetuity of the Veda3. Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy4. Concerning Buddhism5. The Law of Manu6. Principles Governing the Institution of Caste7. Shivaism and Vishnuism8. Points of View within the Doctrine9. Nyaya10. Vaisheshika11. Sankhya12. Yoga13. Mimansa14. Vedanta15. Some Supplementary Remarks on the Doctrine as a Whole16. The Traditional TeachingPART IVWESTERN INTERPRETATIONS1. Official Orientalism2. The Science of Religions3. Theosophism4. Vedanta Westernised5. Additional RemarksCONCLUSION