The Advaita of Art
This inquiry is an undertaking to demonstrate that aesthetic experience in the classical Indian tradition, on its own merit, without being subordinated to rituals and practices commonly held under the rubric of religion, is capable of providing a transcendent experience to a prepared aesthete. Dr. Dehejia examines the dynamics of two aesthetics processes, that stemming from aesthetic emotion or rasa and from aesthetic form or rupa, and cogently underpins them within the advaitic epistemology of Kasmir Saivism. The Advaita of Art, Dr. Dehejia argues, is a joyous celebration of affirmation and assertion and not negation.
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abhasa Abhinavagupta advaita of art Advaita Vedanta aesthete's aesthetic experience aesthetic form aestheticians ananda Anandavardhana anumana ardhanarisvara art experience art forms art object artha aspects beauty becomes bhakti Bharata Bhartrhari bhoga brahman classical Indian concept consciousness consort consortship Coomaraswamy cosmic Purusa creation creative Dehejia Delhi determinate cognition dhvani dhyana divine duality dynamics emphasising epistemic epistemology exalted Gitagovinda Ibid implications important Indian aestheticians Indian aesthetics Indian art Indian artist Indian tradition inner inquiry Kasmlr Saivism kavi kavya knowledge Kramrisch Krsna language levels of meaning Mammata margi tradition metaphysical mind Motilal Banarsidass myth natya paroksa paroksartha ParvatI philosophy poetry pramana Pratyabhijha pratyaksa prepared aesthete Rabindranath Rabindranath Tagore Radha rasa rasa experience rasika realisation Rg Veda rupa sabda sacred sadrsya Saivites saksatartha Sakti sastras says secular sense silpa Siva sphota Sri Aurobindo superficial symbol Tagore term transcendent Upanisad Vakyapadiya Vedic vimarsa Vimarsirii visranti visual words yajha yantra