Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya, 2nd Edition
Victor, P. George
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Book ID : 32039
ISBN-10 : 81-246-0194-1 / 8124601941
ISBN-13 : 978-81-246-0194-5 / 9788124601945
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Edition : (Second Edition)
Language : English
xii, 172p., Gloss., Bib., Index, 23 cm. (First pub. in 2002) (Andhra University Philosophical Studies, no. 1)
CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction to Vedanta; 2. Gaudapada, the Propounder; 3. The Date of Shankaracarya; 4. The Times of Shankaracarya; 5. The Life of Shankaracarya; 6. The Works of Shankaracarya; 7. Shankaracarya on the Upanishads; 8. Shankaracarya on the Bhagavad Gita; 9. Shankaracarya on the Brahma Sutra; 10. Minor Works and Hymns of Shankaracarya; 11. Teachings of Shankaracarya; 12. Methodology of Shankaracarya; 13. Social Philosophy of Shankaracarya; 14. Interpretations of Shankaracarya.
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.
The book will be of interest to scholars and students of Indian philosophy as well as general readers.