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The Philosophy of the Upanisads

 
S.M. Srinivasa Chari (Author)
Synopsis The Upanisads which contain lofty philosophical teachings of the great seers constitute the most authoritative sourcebook for the Vedanta system of philosophy. However, there is no unanimity among the ancient exponents of Vedanta regarding the nature of the philosophy adumbrated in the Upanisads. Dr. Chari's scholarly work attempts to make a dispassionate study of the philosophical passages of the fourteen Principal Upanisads by giving due consideration to not only the comments of Samkara, Ramanuja and Madhva, but more importantly, the authoritative views of Badarayana as enshrined in his classic Vedantasutras. In the first part of the book, he presents the important passages of the Upanisads along with English rendering indicating the variations in the interpretation by the three commentators and also discusses their philosophical implications with reference to the Vedanta doctrines developed in the post-Upnisads period. In the second part he has attempted to consolidate the variety of philosophical thoughts scattered all over the Upnisads into coherent doctrines under five broad subjects: Brahman, jivatmam, jagat, sadhana, and paramapurusartha. In the final chapter he conclusively establishes on the basis of an objective evaluation of the views of the commentators that the Upanisads do not support the main tenets of Advaita such as the concept of Nirvisesa Brahman, the identity of jivatman and Brahman, the phenomenal character of the jagat and the doctrine of maya. The author maintains with sufficient textual support that the nature of the philosophy advocated by the Upnaisads is Theistic Monism (savisesadvaita). This book, which is the first of its kind, presents an authentic and comprehensive expostion of the philosophy of the Upnisads.
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About the author

S.M. Srinivasa Chari

S.M. Srinivasa Chari (b. 1919 Mysore) has a brilliant academic record. He is an M.A. in Philosophy of the University of Mysore and recipient of Ph.D. from the University of Madras. He is a Sanskrit scholar trained up by eminent traditional teachers. He was a Research Scholar at the University of Madras and a Fellow of Institute of Philosophy at Amalner in Maharashtra. Dr. Chari joined the Ministery of Education, Government of India, after the completion of his university career. He retired in 1976 as joint Educational Adviser. Dr. Chari has travelled widely. He has participated in International conferences and seminars abroad and lectured at University centres on apects of Indian philosophy and religion. He is author of Fundamentals of Visistadvaita; Vaisnavism-Its Philosophy, Theology and Religious Discipline; Philosophy and Theistic Mysticism of the Alvars; Philosophy of the Vedantasutra.

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Title The Philosophy of the Upanisads
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121510503, 9788121510509
length xxv+342p., Glossary; References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.