Karma and Creativity

Karma and Creativity

by Christopher Key Chapple
     
 

ISBN-10: 0887062512

ISBN-13: 9780887062513

Pub. Date: 06/28/1986

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The conception of karma in the religious traditions of India has prompted numerous interpretations, many of which equate karma with notions of fate. Karma and Creativity presents a perspective on karma that emphasizes the efficacy of human activity in bringing about desired results—from upholding societal order to the attainment of spiritual

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The conception of karma in the religious traditions of India has prompted numerous interpretations, many of which equate karma with notions of fate. Karma and Creativity presents a perspective on karma that emphasizes the efficacy of human activity in bringing about desired results—from upholding societal order to the attainment of spiritual liberation.

Karma is examined in light of several classical Indian texts. Special attention is given to the concept of mind-only in both Hinduism and Buddhism. The study focuses on the positive approach to action first learned by the sage Vasisin the Mahabharata and then taught by him to Sri Rama in the Yogavasis. It concludes with an exploration of the theological and ethical implications of action and creativity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887062513
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/28/1986
Series:
SUNY Series in Religion
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Problem of Action
2. Action and Origins in the Vedas, the Upanisads, and the Samkhya Karika
3. Primacy of Mind According to the Upanisads, the Yoga and Lankavatara Sutras, and the Yogavasistha
4. Effort in theMahabharata and the Yogavasistha
5. Karma and Creativity

Appendix 1: A Translation of Mahabharata XIII:6
Appendix 2: Three Chapters from the Mumuksuprakaranam of the Yogavasistha

Notes
Bibliography
Glossary and Index of Sanskrit Terms
General Index

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