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The Hidden Lives of Brahman: Sankara's Vedanta Through His Upanisad Commentaries, in Light of Contemporary Practice (Suny Series in Religious Studies)

Jo´┐Żl Andr´┐Ż-Michel Dubois

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ISBN 10: 1438448058 / ISBN 13: 9781438448053
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Title: The Hidden Lives of Brahman: Sankara's ...

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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Finalist for the 2014 Best First Book in the History of Religions presented by the American Academy of Religion

Śaṅkara's thought, advaita vedānta or non-dual vedānta, is a tradition focused on brahman, the ultimate reality transcending all particular manifestations, words, and ideas. It is generally considered that the transcendent brahman cannot be attained through any effort or activity. While this conception is technically correct, in The Hidden Lives of Brahman, Joel Andre-Michel Dubois contends that it is misleading.

Hidden lives of brahman become visible when analysis of Śaṅkara's seminal commentaries is combined with ethnographic descriptions of contemporary Brāhmin students and teachers of vedānta, a group largely ignored in most studies of this tradition. Du bois demonstrates that for Śaṅkara, as for Brāhmin tradition in general, brahman is just as much an active force, fully connected to the dynamic power of words and imagination, as it is a transcendent ultimate.

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Joel Andre-Michel Dubois is Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

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