Author: George VictorPublisher: D K PrintworldYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 172ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-246-0194-1
Vedanta is recognized as the leading philosophy of the Vedic tradition. A major proponent of Vedanta was Sankaracarya who laid the basis for the propagation of Vedanta before the beginning of the Middle ages. His contribution has been so immense and significant that often Vedanta has been interpreted as synonymous with Advaita Vedanta of Sankara.Here Dr. George Victor attempts to study comprehensively Sankaracarya's teachings on Vedanta - his view on scripture, perception and inference as pramanas or standard of knowledges; his explanations of the relation between Brahman and Atman, Brahman and Isvara, Maya and the world; and his concepts of Jnana Marga, Karma Marga, and Moksa, among others.This work takes a close look at the date of Sankara and his life and times before plunging into a penetrative study of Sankara's commentaries on the triple texts, the Upanishads, the Brahmasutra and the Bhagavad Gita - the foundations of Vedantic thought. With constant references to Sankara's major and minor works and hymns, and using a simple language that reflects a unique clarity in understanding Sankara's philosophy, it also examines his methodology of philosophical interpretations and how academicians have estimated Sankara in the past.Authored by a scholar who has for long been associated with research and teaching of Sankara's philosophy, the book will be of interest to scholars of Indian philosophy as well as general readers.
PrefaceIntroduction to VedantaGaudapada, the PropounderThe Date of SankaracaryaThe Times of SankaracaryaThe Life of SankaracaryaThe Works of SankaracaryaSankaracarya on the UpanisadsSankaracarya on the Bhagvad GitaSankaracarya on the Brahma-SutraMinor Works and Hymns of SankaracaryaTeachings of SankaracaryaMethodology of SankaracaryaSocial Philosophy of SankaracaryaInterpretations on SankaracaryaGlossaryBibliographyIndex