Philosophical Foundations of Hinduism

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"Philosophy and religion were never kept apart from the each other in Indian philosophical tradition. The Vedas, the Upanisads and the Bhagavadgita provide strong and unshakable philosophical foundations to Hinduism. In the present book, Dr. Misra has made a reinterpretation of the religious and philosophical thought of these sacred and immortal works. It has been found necessary in order to dispel the misinterpretations of Hinduism and meet the challenges that confront it today at the ideological and practical levels. The concepts of the Absolute, Brahman, of man and the world, the destiny of man and other fundamental issues have been discussed with great clarity, thoroughness and depth. The author has brought into clear focus the unique features of Hinduism and its intellectual depth and spiritual grandeur." A distinguishing feature of the present work is that the fundamental ideas of Hinduism have been compared with that of other religions, specially, Christianity and with the great idealistic tradition of the West. The author has also made a critical analysis and evaluation of some current ideas of contemporary Western thought.
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Misram (emeritus, comparative religion, Banaras Hindu U.) divides Hinduism<-->in which religion and philosophy were never kept far apart<-->into separate parts on the Veda, the Bhagavadgita, and the Upanishads, this last garnering two sections, one on language and logic, the other on religious and philosophical thought. One of the author's aims is to counter a kind of Western scholarship, especially, he says, that of theologians who have characterized Hinduism as life-negating, unethical, other-worldly, and mystical. Misram calls these claims "baseless." One feature of this volume is frequent comparison of Hinduism to other religions, especially Christianity. The book is distributed in the US by South Asia Books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788121509916
  • Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Private, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 637

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Religion and Philosophy of the Veda 29
Ch. 2 Subject-matter of the Veda 31
Ch. 3 The Deities of the Veda 44
Ch. 4 The Philosophical Thought of the Veda 64
Ch. 5 Modern Interpretations of the Veda 91
Pt. II The Religious and Philosophical Thoughts of the Upanisads 117
Ch. 6 The Concept of Brahman: Brahman as Sat and as Paramesvara 119
Ch. 7 Brahman as Cit (Consciousness) and as Vijnata (Knower) 143
Ch. 8 Brahman as Ananda (Bliss) 166
Ch. 9 Brahman as the Karana (Cause) of the World 182
Ch. 10 The Concept of Man - Man's Existential Situation 206
Ch. 11 The Destiny of Man: The Upanisads, Nature of Moksa (Liberation): The Ways to Moksa 266
Pt. III Language and Logic of the Upanisads 317
Ch. 12 Nature of Religious Language: Language of the Upanisads 319
Ch. 13 The Logic of the Upanisads 346
Pt. IV The Philosophy of the Bhagavadgita 393
Ch. 14 Introduction 395
Ch. 15 The Concept of Man 418
Ch. 16 The Supreme Being: Purusottama 466
Ch. 17 The Doctrine of Avatara: Avatara and Incarnation 501
Ch. 18 The Philosophy and Way of Yoga - I 531
Ch. 19 The Philosophy and Way of Yoga - II 568
Ch. 20 The Destiny of Man: Moksa 594
App The Hindu View of History 614
Bibliography 632
Index 634
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