Perspectives of Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Hinduism
"Beginning with the foundational visions of the Vedas, Dr. Fowler examines each tradition's vision of reality in a systematic way that focuses on how it understands the self, the highest reality, causality, knowledge, and liberation. Because the six major Hindu philosophical traditions--Mimamsa, Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisesika, and Vedanta--complement each other in important ways as well as compete with each other in some ways, this systematic comparison of the fundamental topics of each tradition enables us to see the beautiful tapestry of the Hindu way of life that these traditions have created. This book offers the reader who wishes to understand the philosophical basis of Hinduism a clear and comprehensive introduction. It also provides a solid foundation for the reader who wishes to go on to advanced and detailed studies of any of the Hindu philosophical traditions." --From the foreword by John M. Koller, author, The Indian Way and Asian Philosophies
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accepted according actions activity Advaita aspects associated atman atoms attributes becomes belief body Brahman causal cause cognition combination concept consciousness considered create creation deity dependent desire devotion dharma differentiation distinct divine effects elements essence essential eternal example existence experience fact given Hindu Hinduism human ideas identity ignorance important independent Indian Philosophy individual inference inhere involved karma kind knowledge known Kumārila later liberation Madhva manifest material matter māyā means memory Mīmāmsā mind nature never Nyāya object occurs particular perceived perception positive practice prakrti present pure qualities Rāmānuja reality refers reflection relation relationship remains result ritual Šamkara Sāmkhya sense separate soul Source stage substance subtle suggests term theism theory things thought tion tradition transcendent translator true Truth ultimate unity universe Upanişads valid Veda Vedānta Vedic whole Yoga