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Encyclopaedia of Vedanta Philosophy


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ISBN : 8177552929


Volumes : Set in 5 Volumes


Author : Subodh Kapoor


Pages : 1650 pp


Year of Publishing : 2002


Binding : Hardbound


Publisher : Cosmo Publications

If philosophy is but life brought to the focus of self-consciousness, then, assuredly, Vedanta, as Max Müller puts it, “is clearly the native philosophy of India”. The ideas of Vedanta permeate and enliven the cultural atmosphere in a way in which those of other indigenous systems of thought do not. Indeed, it is true that every Hindu is suckled at the breast of the Vedantic ethos.

The literal rendering of the term ‘Vedanta’ has an obvious reference to the body of doctrines set forth in the concluding sections of the Vedas, otherwise known as the Upanisads. The Vedanta, as the tradition would have it, refers primarily to the Upanisads, the Bhagavadgita, and the Brahmasutras constituting in point of their authoritativeness what may be called the ‘canon’ of the Vedanta. It is this accredited trio that has acquired the designation of the ‘three institutes of the Vedanta’ – the Upanisads marking the institute of revealed knowledge, the Bhagvadgita, that of the traditional knowledge and the Brahmasutras that of the philosophical knowledge.

Badarayana was the first to attempt to set forth the unanimous teachings of the various Upanisads. His Sutras being brief were liable to different interpretations. Various commentaries thus came to be written to elaborate the doctrines of the Vedanta. Thus we have the schools of great philosophers like Sankara, Ramanuja, Madhava, Vallabha, Nibaraka and many others. Each school of the Vedanta consists not simply of the philosophers who theoretically accept its views but also of large number of followers who try to mould their lives accordingly. It is in this way that the Vedanta in its different forms still persists in the lives of millions. After the chief commentaries, the literature of the Vedanta developed through the innumerable sub-commentaries, glosses and independent treatises written by leading intellectuals.

This pioneering reference work attempts at harmonizing the understanding of the Vedanta philosophy by bringing together for the first time ever the best representative writings on the subject by some of the leading and foremost Indologists.

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