Overview for The Concept of Time in Ancient India
The volume as it stands now with six chapter begins with an introduction on the Concept of Time in ancient India. Investigating the Concept of Time the author juxtaposes the awareness of the mystery of time in ancient thought, the varied experiences of time in cosmological, cultural, historical, spiritual memory and knowledge. Presentation on the notion of time in diverse philosophical systems especially the Indian one was discussed at length. The mention of time in Vedas, Time as fundamental and very important in the process of evolution, time as above everything else, even above God as the actual existence of beings, Cultic Time, etc., is made. The Transmigration from the Cultic Time of the Vedas to the Ineriorized time of Upanisads, comparison of Time in Mahabharata, the Puranic conception of Time as the momen identical with the unit of change of Gunas etc., are discussed. Attempt was made on the contributions of Jains to the domain of Cosmology and time. Jain philosophy is believing Kala as much a real substance as five others viz., Jiva, Dharma, Adharma, Pudgala and Akasa. Contrary to Jains' philosophy, Buddhists' conception of time and temporality and their consideration of time and causation as parts of our experience is discussed. The Cyclic Time in cosmological context and Linear Time in historical sources, determination of the natural division of Time years, seasons, months, days by the motion of the Sun and the Moon in all the ages, the civil reckoning of the usual eras by which we assign dates to events, dating in inscriptions and the regional year of the ruler with season, month, fortnight and the day are precisely dealt. After briefly presenting the value and significance of Time, he turns his attention to the application of Time in rituals, festivities according to the Dharma Sastras to the historical and modern man.
Rallapalli Venkateswara Rao (Author)
Dr. Rallapalli Venkateswara Rao was born at Khammam, Andhra Pradesh, on 26 January, 1961. Dr. Rao is a Bachelor of Arts from Osmania University, Hyderabad and acquired Masters Degree in Indian Culture from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. He worked on a universally relevant subject "The Concept of Time in Ancient India" for his Ph.D. with this academic background he acquired knowledge of Astrology by formal study of the subject in the Telugu University where he secured his M.A. in Jyotisa. Dr. Rao is actively continuing his research studies on 'Time' and has presented several papers of depth study at National and International Conferences. Presently, Dr. Rao has been a Faculty Member in the Department of Astrology, Telugu University, Hyderabad. His experience in ancient Indian Heritage and Culture along with his expertise in Astrology makes a very useful combination for the pursuit of this time honoured subject. His publications in both History and Astrology are very relevant for any field. He has earned a name to be a good teacher and researcher with suitable Awards and Titles like Kalapurusa, Jyotisa Ratna, Bharata Jyotisa Bandhu, Anvesi etc.