Vedanta: Heart of Hinduism

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Vedanta is the most encompassing and open of the six orthodox systems of Hinduism and is considered the quintessence of Eastern thought and mysticism. An important part of modern intellectual Hinduism, Vedanta is often regarded as a truly universal religion and had many adherents in the West.

At the center of Vedanta lie the texts of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Beginning with the premise that man is a divine being whose greatest source of strength is his intuition, ...

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Overview


Vedanta is the most encompassing and open of the six orthodox systems of Hinduism and is considered the quintessence of Eastern thought and mysticism. An important part of modern intellectual Hinduism, Vedanta is often regarded as a truly universal religion and had many adherents in the West.

At the center of Vedanta lie the texts of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Beginning with the premise that man is a divine being whose greatest source of strength is his intuition, Vedanta seeks not merely the accumulation of knowledge, but rather the annihilation of all knowledge. Its goal is an unclouded inner world that will allow us to exist untroubled by the complexity of the outside world.

For those interested in the concise and intelligent overview, as well as those who seek a better understanding of what is at the heart of Hinduism, Vedanta is a unique and thought-provoking guide.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This scholarly introduction to the central tenets of Hindu philosophy covers historical sources and explores parallels between Eastern mysticism and Christianity. (Apr.)
Library Journal
This excellent survey of the central tenets of Hindu philosophy not only covers historical sources but relates the major ideas to Western thought in a current language that does not resort to ``pop lingo.'' Many parallels between the tradition of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda and Christian theology are explored. The author has an international reputation and is admired by Christopher Isherwood, one of Vedanta's first exponents in the West. While this book is not easy to read, it is a splendid introduction for the sincerely interested.-- Jeanne S. Bagby, formerly with Tucson P.L., Ariz.
Booknews
An overview of the Vedanta school of Hinduism, surveying the teachings from the early Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita through the alternative interpretations of the Advaita and Dvaita schools, to recent teachers such as Ramakrishna and Maharishi. Also explores western reactions to the ideas. Adapted from an English translation of the German (1985). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802132628
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 582,193
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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