Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta

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SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Religion - 191 pages
Indian philosophy bases itself on three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, and deep sleep. Deep sleep, or susupti, plays an important role in Advaita Vedanta, the major philosophical school that advocates a doctrine of pure consciousness. Explaining and savoring this paradox, this book shows how the concept of deep sleep can be used in Advaita Vedanta to reveal a philosophical insight, validate an argument, illustrate a moral, or adorn a tale. Arvind Sharma explores why sleep is a phenomenon that philosophers should be interested in and examines it in classical Hindu religious texts, including the Upanisads, and in foundational, early, and modern Advaita Vedanta.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Prologue
11
2 Sleep in the Prasthanatraya Upanisads Brahmasutra Bhagavadgita
15
3 Sleep in Mandukyakarika
41
4 Sleep in Sankara Advaita
49
5 Sleep in Later Advaita
73
6 Sleep in Modern Advaita
99
Conclusions
127
Notes
139
Bibliography
171
Term Index
175
Subject Index
179
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Arvind Sharma is Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. His many books include Methodology in Religious Studies: The Interface with Women s Studies, also published by SUNY Press, and The Study of Hinduism.

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