Author: Shashi S SharmaPublisher: RupaYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 382ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171677452
This book argues that the Indian conception of godhood, where every man can have his own god, may ultimately prove to be a harbinger of a harmonious perspective to resolve spiritual controversies.Religious assertions about the nature of 'God' and its relationship with man have emerged in a variety of linguistic and metaphysical forms in human societies. Every society has reasons to consider its own idea of god as fairly adequate and noble. This book tries to look at the ideological basis of religious statements to find their relevance and validity. Any insistence on supradenominational validity of a particularistic religious idea requires to be questioned.The author undertakes a critical examination of the validity of religious claims regarding the exclusive truthfulness of an idea of the divine in suppression of every other idea. A comparative study of the idea of 'God' in the Judaic and Indian traditions have been forcefully used to underline the fact that mankind has described God in myriad forms over the past millennia. To put a spiritual presence in a theological straitjacket, therefore, would lead to religious narcissism and strife.The book argues that the Indian conception of godhood, where every man can have his own god, may ultimately prove to be a harbinger of a harmonious perspective to resolve spiritual controversies.
AcknowledgementIntroductionReligareDharmaClose Encounter With The WestI Your Lord Am OneThe Living GodTo You Your God--To Me MineGod is in the Mirror of My HeartEkoham BahusyamThe Cosmic EmanationYo Vai Visnuh Sa Vai RudroHai Hari Bas Kuch Aisa: God is what it is NotesTable of Transliteration