Samkaras Advaita Vedanta: A Way of Teaching

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Overview

Samkara (c.700 CE) has been regarded by many as the most authoritative Hindu thinker of all time. A great Indian Vedantin brahmin, Samkara was primarily a commentator on the sacred texts of the Vedas and a teacher in the Advaitin teaching line. This book serves as an introduction to Samkara's thought which takes this as a central theme. The author develops an innovative approach based on Samkara's ways of interpreting sacred texts and creatively examines the profound interrelationship between sacred text, content and method in Samkara's thought. The main focus of the book is on Samkara's teaching method. This method is, for Samkara, based on the Upanishads' own; it is to be employed by Advaitin teachers to draw pupils skilfully towards that realisation which is beyond all words. Consequently, this book will be of interest not only to students and scholars of Indian philosophy, but to all those interested in the relation between language and that which is held to transcend it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415355490
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Routledge Hindu Studies Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : studying the teacher 1
1 The teacher himself 11
2 The need for the teaching 32
3 The source of the teaching 49
4 The methods of the teaching 69
5 The context of the teaching : the world of name and form 89
6 The context of the teaching : the Lord 116
7 The language of the teaching 138
8 The end of the teaching 161
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