Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya (Andhra University Philisophical Studies)

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Vedanta is recognised as the leading philosophy of the Vedic tradition. A major proponent of Vedanta was Shankaracarya 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 Shankara.

Here, Dr. George Victor attempts to study comprehensively Shankacarya's teachings on Vedanta -- his views on scripture, perception and inference as pramanas or standards of knowledges; his explanations of the relation between Brahman and atman, Brahman and Ishvara, maya and the world; and his concepts of janana marga, karma marga and moksha, among others.

The work takes a close look at the date of Shankara and his life and times before plunging into a penetrative study of Shankara's commentaries on the triple texts, the Upanishads, the Brahma-sutra and the Bhagavad-Gita -- the foundations of Vedantic thought. With constant references to Shankara's major and minor works and hymns, and using a simple language that reflects a unique clarity in understanding Shankara's philosophy, it also examines his methodology of philosophical interpretations and how academicians have estimated Shankara in the past.

Authored by a scholar who has for long been associated with research and teaching of Shankara's philosophy, the book will be of interest to scholars and students of Indian philosophy as well as general readers.

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Prof. P. George Victor (born: 1953), Professor of Philosophy, and Founder Director, Centre for Religious Studies, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam has been teaching Sankara Vedanta, and Western Philosophy for the post-graduate students for more than two decades.

He has participated in many seminars in India and abroad. He has organized the 'First National Seminar on Teaching Philosophy in India' in association with the editors of Teaching Philosophy journal, USA sponsored by ICPR during March 1998. His major published works include 'Social Philosophy of Vedanta', 'Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya' and 'Moral Science'.

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Book Description D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd., New Delhi, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 2nd edition. 15 x 23 cm. Vedanta is recognised 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 views on scripture, perception and inference as pramanas or standards 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. The 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 Upanisads, the Brahma-Sutra 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 and students of Indian philosophy as well as general readers. Contents Preface I. INTRODUCTION TO VEDANTA : 1. Study of Indian Literature 2. What are Veda and Vedanta? 3. The Triple Texts - Prasthanatrayi 4. The Three Schools 5. Advaita Vedanta and Indian Mind II. GAUDAPADA, THE PROPOUNDER : 1. The Mandukya Upanishad 2. The Mandukya Karika : i. Agama Prakarana [Chapter on Scripture] ii. Vaitathya Prakarana [Chapter on Unreality] iii. Advaita Prakarana [Chapter on Non-Duality] iv. Alatashanti Prakarana [Chapter on Cessation of Burning Coal] III. THE DATE OF SANKARACARYA : 1. The Indian Antiquary : i. K.B. Pathak - The Source First Discovered ii. K. T. Telang Rejects K.B. Pathak`s Evidence iii. Telang Rejects Max-Muller`s Opinion iv. Telang Proposes Different Date v. W. Logan`s Account from Keralotpatti - Date known to Shankra`s vi. Native Land vii. D. R. Bhandarkar Supports K.B. Pathak viii. Narasimhachar Exchanges Views with Bhandarkar ix. S. V. Venkateswaran Assigns Shankara to Ninth Century AD. Conclusion IV. THE TIMES OF SANKARACARYA : 1. Political and Social Conditions 2. Religious Conditions V. THE LIFE OF SANKARACARYA : 1. Sources 2. Life at Glance 3. Encounter with an Outcast 4. Religious Harmony and Travels VI. THE WORKS OF SANKARACARYA : 1. Paul Hacker`s Studies 2. What is His Name? and Which is the Title 3. Works Attributed to Shankaracarya VII. SANKARACARYA ON THE UPANISADS : 1. Yajnavalkya and Maitreya Dialogue : i. Text Summary ii. Shankaracarya`s Commentary 2. Yajnavalkya and Gargi Dialogue : i. Text Summary ii. Shankaracarya`s Commentary VIII. SANKARACARYA ON THE BHAGAVAD GITA : 1. Introduction 2. Concepts of the Gita : i. Lord Krishna ii. Man iii. Nishkama-Karma-Yoga 3. Paths of the Gita : i. Karma-Yoga [The Discipline of Action] ii. Jnana-Yoga [The Discipline of Knowledge] iii. Bhakti-Yoga [The Discipline of Devotion] iv. Yoga [The Discipline of Meditation] 4. Kshetra and Kshetrajna : i. Context ii. Commentary 5. Abandonment and Seeking the Lord as Shelter : i. Commentary IX. SANKARACARYA ON THE BRAHMA-SUTRA : 1. Badarayana : i. Samanvaya [Reconciliation of Different Statements] ii. Avirodha [Opponent`s View Criticised] iii. Sadhana [Means] iv. Phala [Fruit, Result] 2. Superimposition [Adhyasa] : i. The First Brahma Sutra ii. The Second Brahma Sutra iii. The Third Brahma Sutra iv. The Fourth Brahma Sutra 3. Scriptures are Essential 4. Brahman-Knowledge and Moksha 5. Seeker of Brahman X. MINOR WO Printed Pages: 184. Bookseller Inventory # 1772

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