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Samsara and Nirvana: A Unifying Vision / Misra, V.N.
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Samsara and Nirvana: A Unifying Vision
Misra, V.N.
 
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  Book ID : 43552
  ISBN-10 : 81-246-0894-6 / 8124608946
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-246-0894-4 / 9788124608944
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2017
  Edition : (First Edition)
  Language : English
  386p., Epil., Bib., Index, 23 cm.
   
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CONTENTS:-

PART I: SAMSARA

Chapter 1 : Karma and Rebirth
1. Introduction
2. Defining Karma
-- Advaita Vedanta
-- Buddhism
3. Karma as Individuality
-- Advaita Vedanta
-- Buddhism
4. Karma as Ignorance
-- Advaita Vedanta
-- Buddhism
5. Karma and Knowledge
6. Nature of Karma
-- Advaita Vedanta
-- Buddhism
7. Karma-Nirodha (Cessation of Action)
-- Advaita Vedanta
-- Buddhism
8. Only Deed Exists, but No Doer in Buddhism
9. Karmic Impressions (Vasanas) and Dispositions (Samskaras)
-- Samkhya Philosophy
-- Advaita Vedanta: Causal Body
-- Karmasaya
10. Karrnic Seeds and Alaya-vijnana of Yogacara Vijnanavada Buddhism
-- Karmic Seed
-- Proofs of Alaya-vijnana
-- Impossibility of Action
-- Alaya-vijnana and Momentariness
-- Reconciliation
11. Karma Based on Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre
-- Cause and Motive
-- Undetermined Choice
-- Freedom

Chapter 2 : Space and Time
1. Introduction
2. Vaisesika Philosophy
-- Space
-- Time
-- Space and Time
-- The Atomic Theory
-- The Eleven Moments Theory
-- Functions of Different Atoms
-- Thought Process and Atom
-- Self and Atom in Vedantic Perspective
3. Philosophy of Samkhya-Yoga
-- Time
-- Space
-- Space and Time
4. Advaita Vedanta
-- Time
-- Time and Space as One
5. Space and Time as Illusion
-- Time
6. Philosophy of Bauddha Dharma: Madhyamika System
-- Space
-- Time
-- Yogacara Vijnanavada Buddhism
-- Time and Space (Eternity and Infinity)
7. Hume's Philosophy (Time and Space)
-- Space
-- Time
9. Kant's Philosophy
-- Metaphysical Exposition of Space and Time
-- Priority of Time over Space
10. Scientific Views on Space and Time
11. Consciousness and Time
-- Temporality of Consciousness
-- Non-thetic and Thetic Consciousness
-- The Past
-- The Present
-- The Future
-- The Ekstatic Unity of Consciousness

Chapter 3 : Substantiality and Causality
1. Introduction
2. Causality: An Overview
3. Vaisesika Theory of Causation
-- Motion
-- Motion in Relation to its Causes
-- Adrsta
-- Concept of Vega
-- Causes of Pressure and of Impact
4. Samkhya Theory of Causation
-- Objection
-- Answer
-- Prakrti
5. Advaita Vedanta
6. Philosophy of Bauddha Dharma
-- The Causal Theory of Co-production
-- Nagarjuna's View of Causality
-- Sautrantika's View of Causality in Perception
-- Causal Aspect of Alaya-Vijnana of Yogacara Vijnanavada Buddhism
7. Hume's views on Causation and Causality
8. Kant's Concept of Causality
9. Scientific Views on Causality
-- Quantum Field Theory and Implicate Order
-- Implicate order and Generative Order
-- Consciousness and Implicate Order
-- Interconnection between Consciousness and Matter

Chapter 4 : Continuity
1. Introduction
2. Matter as Atom and Particles
3. Complementarily in Duality of Matter
4. Energy as Basis of Universe
5. Prakrti
6. Guna
7. Consciousness
8. The Concept of Samskara of Samkhya-Yoga
9. Advaita Vedanta Theory of Samskara (Disposition)
10. The Concept of Samskara in the Philosophy of Bauddha Dharma
-- Dependent Origination and Samskara
-- Samskara (Karmic Formations) and Vinnana (Consciousness)

PART II: LIFECONSCIOUSNESS AND KNOWLEDGE

Chapter 5 : Life and Consciousness
1. Introduction
2. Prana as Vital Principle of Life
-- Individual Prana
-- Cosmic Prana
-- Nature of Life: Cosmic and Individuated
3. Convertibility of Prana into Consciousness
4. Life as Interaction of Consciousness and Matter
5. Dualistic Philosophy of Samkhya-Yoga: Purusa and Prakrti
-- Prakrti
-- Purusa
-- One and Many of Consciousness
6. Interaction between Prakrti and Purusa
7. David Bohm's Views on Consciousness and Matter
-- Awareness and Attention
8. Implications of Main Tendencies of Self-Consciousness for Human Life
-- Self-protection
-- Instinct of Self-procreation
-- Disembodied Survival of the Mental and Consciousness
9. Consciousness as Transmigration and Buddhist Soul
-- Transmigration of Consciousness
-- Buddhist Soul
-- Tendency of Consciousness Getting Immortalized
10. Theory of Five Kosas
-- Annamaya-Kosa (Matter and Life)
-- Pranamaya-Kosa (Vital Sheath)
-- Manomaya-Kosa (Mind Sheath)
-- Vijnanamaya-Kosa (Intellect Sheath)
-- Anandamaya-Kosa (Bliss Sheath)
-- Five Kosas as Solution of Body-Mind Problem and Gaining Different Kinds of Knowledge

Chapter 6 : Autopoiesis as Systems View of Life: Some Problems and Its Reconciliation
1. Introduction
2. Autopoiesis
-- Self-Maintenance
-- Non- Localization
-- Emergent Properties
3. Interaction of Living Organism with Environment
-- Structural Coupling
-- Structural Determination
4. Cognitive Function in General
-- The Cognitive Process
5. Cognitive Function in Particular
-- Nerve Cells
6. The Observer
7. Brain States and Cognition
8. Sense Perception and Cognition
9. Consciousness and Its Coverage (Defining Consciousness)
-- Defining Consciousness in Buddhism
10. Mind as Process
-- Mind According to Vedanta
11. Consciousness as Process
12. Two Types of Consciousness
13. Consciousness as Unity

Chapter 7 : Problem of Knowledge and Perception Advaita Vedanta
1. Introduction
2. Self-consciousness and Knowledge
3. Consciousness as Foundational Knowledge
-- Criticism of pure consciousness as a fictitious entity
4. Consciousness as Witness
5. Mind and Consciousness
6. Sense Organs and Objects of Perception
-- Contact of Sense-Organs with their Respective Objects
7. Mental Mode of Advaita Vedanta
-- Cognitive Process
8. Perceptual Illusion

PART III: NIRVANA

Chapter 8 : Concept of Nirvana in Buddhism
1. Introduction
2. Purification of Consciousness
-- Kamavacara-citta-bhumi (Sphere)
-- Rupavacara-citta-bhumi
-- Arupavacara-citta-bhumi
-- Locuttara-citta-bhumi
3. Nirvana as Pure Consciousness
4. Nirvana as Dharmakaya
-- Dharmakaya
5. Nirvana as the Absolute Reality
6. Nirvana in Lankavatarasutra (Based on the Commentary of Zen Buddhism)
7. Madhyamika View of Nirvana
-- Nirvana and Samsara as One
8. Sautrantika View of Nirvana
9. Madhyanta-Vibhanga

Chapter 9 : Liberation (Moksa) in Advaita Vedanta
1. Introduction
2. Liberation as Self-Realization
3. The Locus of Ignorance
4. Three States of Consciousness (Sleep, Dream and Waking)
-- Metaphysics of Sleep Consciousness
-- Dream Consciousness
-- Waking Consciousness
5. Means of Liberation
-- Turiya
-- Epilogue
-- Bibliography
-- Index

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

A unifying vision between Samsara and Nirvana has been presented in this study by placing human beings at the centre of the universe. Once this is accepted, the role of God turns to be nothing. This fact is not acceptable to most of the schools of Indian philosophy because of their strong faith in Brahman (God) as the creator of the universe. In that, this study raises the fundamental question. Why Brahman, being the creator, sustainer and dissolver of the universe, has taken such a long time of more than three billion years after the solar system to provide the conditions for the evolution of human life? Since the first cause of universe is the most difficult question, it is suggested to see the creator on the creation itself.

An inference has been drawn that the action (karma) of human beings cannot be treated as ignorance, once it is accepted that human beings are at the centre of the universe. We human beings have nothing else except the freedom of action (karma). In fact, karma itself is freedom.

This volume, in a way, an offshoot of the author's earlier work, Science of Consciousness draws the inferences based on the different systems of Indian philosophy and the philosophy of the West.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

V.N. Misra, PhD, retired from Indian Economic Service (IES), has worked as Economic Advisor in different ministries of Government of India. He also has the experience of working in various research centres. He had several consultancy assignments with the ADB, FAO, World Bank and IFPRI. Dr Misra has also to his credit more than forty research papers published in reputed journals in the field of agricultural policy and development, labour, employment, rural poverty, etc. He has also co-authored (with VS. Vyas and D.S. Tyagi) a book, Significance of New Technology for Small Farmers. Dr Misra's study on Terms of Trade is a published work. He has now shifted his interest from economics to philosophy and has recently published his first philosophical study Science of Consciousness: A Synthesis of Vedanta and Buddhism.

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