Hindu Philosophy

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1996 - Hindu philosophy - 213 pages
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The aim of Hindu Philosophy is the exinction of sorrow and suffering by the method of knowledge that alone can free man from the bondage of ignorance. It points to a clear way of thinking which enables one to understand Reality by direct experience. In this perspective, Hindu Philosophy is an art of life and not a theory.

In this book the author presents a precise and illuminating study of six systems of Indian Philosophy classified into three divisions (1) Nyaya-Vaisesika, (2) Samkhya-Yoga, (3) Mimamsa-Vedanta. The first division lays down the methodology of science and elaborates the concepts of Physics and Chemistry to show how manifestations of phenomena come into being. The second division sets forth and account of cosmic evolution on purely logical principles. The third division critically analyses the basic principles, developing them in greater detail and furnishing arguments to substantiate, as well as making incidental contribution on points of special interest.

Beside presenting an account of philosophical systems of India, the author adds a study of Kashmir Saivism--a system of Ideal Monism founded by Vasugupta and based on Siva Sutras. In this context the author throws sufficient light on the traditional Tantric literature that has sufered wide criticism both from Western and Eastern scholars.

The book is documented with Preface, Introduction and Glossarial Index.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
NYAYA
20
VAISESIKA
43
Atman
58
Manas
62
Literature
64
SAMKHYA
66
Purpose
67
Purpose
102
Philosophy
103
Literature
112
VEDANTA n6 Purpose
116
Scope
117
Philosophy
120
Brahman
123
Atman
125

Philosophy
69
Purusa
70
Prakrti
72
The Gunas
74
Mahat
77
Manas
78
Tanmatras
79
Mahabhutas
80
Literature
82
YOGA
86
Purpose
87
Scope
88
Philosophy
89
iva
91
Gunas
92
Citta
94
Buddhi
95
Manas
96
Indriyas
97
Tanmatras
98
Bhutas
99
Literature
100
MIMAMSA
101
Maya
126
Literature
127
KASMIR SAIVISM
129
Scope
130
Philosophy
133
The Siva Tattva
135
The Sakti Tattva
136
The Sadasiva Tattva
137
The lsvara Tattva
138
The Maya Tattva and Its Evolutes
139
The Kancukas
140
Literature
143
GENERAL WORKS
146
Nyaya
148
Vaisesika
150
Sarhkhya
151
Yoga
152
MimaYnsa
153
Vedanta
154
Kasmir Sivaism
156
GLOSSARY
157
INDEX
208
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