The Essence of Vedanta

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Arcturus Publishing, Jun 5, 2006 - Religion
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Vedanta is a philosophical system expressed in the Veda, a very important collection of Indian scriptures. Vedanta forms the philosophical basis for Hinduism, but its teaching is more essentially rational and universal, so it offers answers to most, if not all, of the questions found in any philosophical enquiry - be it Eastern or Western. All students of philosophy will relate to the concepts of selfhood, nature, karma and liberation. Here are views and answers to the most important questions. How is self identified? What are the causes and effects in nature? Are our actions determined? What is freedom for a human being? What happens after death?
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Origins
Knowledge and Ignorance
The Self
Consciousness
Liberation
Nature
Mind
Theism and Dualism
Language
Law and Society
Afterword
Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
Bibliography
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Brian Hodgkinson was born in London in 1938. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he became interested in literature and philosophy and won a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Subsequently he has taught philosophy and other subjects at both university and school levels. His publications include a history of the Ancient World and a verse translation of the Bhagavad Gita which stemmed from an interest in Sanskrit. Since studying a wide range of philosophy from the pre-Socratics to modern linguistic analysis, he has focussed on Sankara, the master of Advaita Vedanta and the recent growth of Western investigations into Vedanta. His other interests include writing poetry, travel, meditation and living in the beautiful city of Oxford. He is married to a business journalist and has a son who teaches classics.

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