Vedanta: Heart of Hinduism

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Grove Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 230 pages
Vedanta is the most encompassing and open of the six orthodox systems of Hinduism and is considered the quintessence of Eastern thought and mysticism. An important part of modern intellectual Hinduism, Vedanta is often regarded as a truly universal religion and had many adherents in the West.

At the center of Vedanta lie the texts of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Beginning with the premise that man is a divine being whose greatest source of strength is his intuition, Vedanta seeks not merely the accumulation of knowledge, but rather the annihilation of all knowledge. Its goal is an unclouded inner world that will allow us to exist untroubled by the complexity of the outside world.

For those interested in the concise and intelligent overview, as well as those who seek a better understanding of what is at the heart of Hinduism, Vedanta is a unique and thought-provoking guide.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
THE SPIRIT OF THE UPANISHADS
17
Revelation and Mysticism
22
A Larger Whole
26
Seeking and Finding
32
Brahman
36
Dualistic Influences
41
The Convergence of Opposites
44
The Great Shankara
117
Maya the Indian Sphinx
121
The Sword of Discriminating Insight
126
Maya and Evil
129
The Maya Concept
135
Advaita and Yoga
139
Summary of the MayaTeaching
142
LOVE OF THE PERSONAL GOD
151

Atman
49
The Freedom of the Inner Self
55
Deep Sleep and Illumination
58
Brahman Seen with Eyes Open
63
The Mystic Syllable OM
65
Mysticism and Ethics
67
Job and Nachiketa
71
THE MESSAGE OF THE BHAGAVAD GITA
75
A God of War?
78
JnanaYoga
88
Karma Yoga
97
BhaktiYoga
101
The Awesome Majesty of God
109
THE PHILOSOPHY OF NONDUALITY
115
Ramanuja
153
Distinction or Identity?
162
GODS CREATIVE POWER
169
You Are Gods
178
Shakti as Creative Energy
187
Pure Being
193
VEDANTA AND THE WEST
199
Eastern Mysticism and Christianity
200
Reflections in Western Philosophy and Literature
206
Europe and America
212
A Living Synthesis
215
Notes
221
Glossary
225
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